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Brandon Weeden Named Browns Starting Quarterback By Pat Shurmur

On Monday afternoon, Cleveland Browns head coach Pat Shurmur officially named Brandon Weeden as the team's starting quarterback for the 2012-13 season. Weeden will make his first start on Friday night when the Browns take on the Detroit Lions in their first preseason game.

Shurmur also stated that the back-up position will be decided through the course of training camp, with Colt McCoy acting as the No. 2 on Friday night.

The presumption was that it was only a matter of time before Shurmur announced Weeden as the starter. The Browns' head coach consistently but ambiguously stated that he would name a starter "sooner rather than later" but this still comes very early in the preseason process.

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