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“If it was close,” he said, “I don’t think there was any intention there.”

With Hoyer out, Weeden, who returned from injury only to be demoted to a backup role, has his starting job back.

Weeden replaced Hoyer against the Bills, and following a slow start _ some Browns fans booed his first few incompletions_ he rallied Cleveland to its third straight win. Weeden threw a 37-yard TD pass to wide receiver Josh Gordon in the third quarter and finished 13 of 24 for 197 yards.

“The guys rallied around him,” Chudzinski said. “It was a gutsy performance, and it wasn’t always pretty. I think he was still a little bit rusty, but he got the job done and he was able to help us win that game. There were some ups and downs, but he was resilient and was able to make some big plays.”

Weeden was only cleared to play earlier in the week after he threw in Wednesday’s practice. Chudzinski decided to have him as the Browns’ No. 2 quarterback and made Jason Campbell inactive against the Bills.

Following the game, Weeden said he never lost faith despite being injured and dropping behind Hoyer on the depth chart.

“I knew I couldn’t, because regardless if I was the starter or not, eyes are on you,” he said. “So I was upbeat the entire time, never let it bother me. It kind of lit a fire in me. I still needed to prepare, still needed to watch tape at night just in case something unfortunate happens.”

NOTES: Chudzinski said DE Desmond Bryant is “fine” after being kept overnight as a precaution at the Cleveland Clinic. Bryant was removed from the game with shortness of breath and an irregular heartbeat. Chudzinski expects Bryant to play next week against Detroit. Bryant had a similar problem last season with Oakland but played in the next game. … Chudzinski said FB Chris Ogbonnaya is going through the league’s concussion protocol program after taking a helmet-to-helmet hit.

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