CLEVELAND - One day all the players who have started at quarterback for the Browns since 1999 should gather for a reunion.
That's assuming they can find a banquet hall large enough to accommodate all of them.
There's a good chance that Alex Tanney will be the 21st player to fill that role when the Browns play on the road Sunday against the New England Patriots. Brandon Weeden, who suffered a concussion two days ago in a 32-28 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, was sent home Monday for rest. Jason Campbell, whom Weeden replaced, hasn't been cleared to practice since he suffered a concussion Nov. 24 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Tanney, signed last week to back up Weeden, had been on the practice squad of the Dallas Cowboys. He dressed last Sunday but didn't play a down as Weeden managed to play through the injury.
Weeden apparently didn't report the injury when it occurred. He showed no visible signs of a concussion until after the game ended.
The rash of quarterback injuries is unusual, even for the snake-bitten Browns. Weeden sprained a thumb in the second week of the season. Brian Hoyer tore an ACL three games later. Weeden returned but was benched in favor of Campbell, who started four games before being hurt.
Now Weeden is hurt again, paving the way for Tanney, who's best known to the football world for a "You Tube" video in which he performed a variety of trick throws.
Chudzinski must be wondering what he did to deserve such a fate in his first season as coach. He entered this week with two concussed quarterbacks and a healthy backup that can bounce a football off the floor and into a garbage can, but it's not known if he can read defenses.
"We'll have different possibilities and we'll have to see how it plays out during the course of the week, when guys can practice or be cleared to practice or be cleared to play," Chudzinski said. "Then how much practice time they would need in those situations. It may be different for each guy."
It's likely another quarterback will be signed. If neither injured quarterback is cleared to practice, it's possible a second player will have to be added.
There are undoubtedly many Weeden-weary fans that are excited to see what Tanney can offer, but it's doubtful Chudzinski would agree with them. With the 9-3 Patriots and cagey coach Bill Belichick up next, having a quarterback with some experience - even the turnover-prone Weeden - would be the best scenario.
"We have a few days to let it sort it out and we'll have to know something by the time that we get into practice time," Chudzinski said. "If Alex is the guy, then we'll have him ready and have him working and he'll have a package where he can be successful."
That might be stretching things a bit. There will be a package in place for whoever lines up at quarterback, but it probably won't be successful.
The Browns have lost three straight and six of the last seven to drop to 4-8. Three of their final four games are on the road the Patriots, Jets and Steelers - with a home game remaining against the Bears.
We're talking another top-5 draft pick, unless the unexpected occurs and the Browns reel off a couple of wins. Signs of frustration are starting to surface.
"The frustration is natural," Chudzinski said. "I feel it as well. The key is that we funnel it and fuel it to take us in the right direction and to get better and step forward the next time we have an opportunity.
"Again, these guys are competitors. I look the guys in the eye in the meetings, the locker room, and they want to win. There's tangible things that we can do better to win, and when we do those things we'll give ourselves that opportunity. That's the bottom line."