Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer will start Sunday in Minnesota the team announced today.

Hoyer a native of North Olmsted and St. Ignatius grad will replace Brandon Weeden who suffered a sprained thumb in Sunday's loss to Baltimore.

Hoyer was chosen by coach Rob Chudzinski ahead of Jason Campbell who had been listed as the team's No. 2 quarterback on the depth chart. Chudzinski said at his press conference this morning that the move was "absolutely" his decision.

"He's a smart guy efficient can operate and has a way of making plays'' Chudzinski said of Hoyer. ". . . He can make every throw that you need and there are no limitations from that standpoint.

". . . Brian's strengths are the best fit for us this week. He gives us the best chance to win."

Chudzinski said early indications are that Weeden's injury is not long-term. Weeden will meet with a hand specialist Thursday.

When asked if Weeden would return to his starting role when he recovers from the injury Chudzinski said "We're going to leave our options open" and added that it will depend on how players are performing.

Chudzinski also said quarterback Jason Campbell handled the news as expected "like a true pro" and will be ready for action if needed.

Hoyer a fifth-year pro has started one career game a loss to San Francisco last year less than three weeks after he joined the Cardinals. He completed a 53-yard pass that game to receiver Michael Floyd.