What Does Brandon Weeden's Injury Mean for Browns, Fantasy Owners?

Zach KruseSenior Analyst INovember 25, 2012

Nov 25, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden (3) scrambles out of the pocket in the second quarter against the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

The Cleveland Browns and the limited number of fantasy owners with quarterback Brandon Weeden can breathe a sigh of relief after the rookie quarterback left Cleveland's 20-14 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday.

According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, Weeden was ushered to the locker room in the fourth quarter only for precautionary reasons. 


Browns expect Brandon Weeden to be fine. Sounds like it was mostly precautionary with him.

— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) November 25, 2012


Weeden suffered the injury when he was swung around and then struck the leg of offensive lineman Joe Thomas. The Browns officially called it a head injury during the game, so it makes sense that the staff would want to be careful with the handling of the issue. 

Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported after the game that Weeden suffered a concussion. 


#Browns QBWeeden suffered a concussion during game,.Richardson said #Browns had to hide Weeden's helmet because he wanted to go back in

— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) November 25, 2012


Weeden left after completing 17-of-26 passes for 158 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He was mostly a game manager against a tough Steelers defense, allowing his own defense to control the game and get the Browns back into the win column. 

Cleveland forced seven turnovers as the Steelers struggled to move the football under third-string quarterback Charlie Batch.

After Weeden left for the locker room, backup Colt McCoy came on as the Browns ran out the clock. 

Weeden, owned in just 7.3 percent of ESPN leagues, had cooled off in recent weeks after a sizzling three-game stretch. 

From Week 5 to 7, Weeden eclipsed 225 yards and tossed two touchdowns in each contest. With an average fantasy-point production of more than 16 during the three games, Weeden was being discussed as a potential second quarterback option in larger fantasy formats. 

His recent cool-down killed those chances. 

Weeden has thrown just three touchdowns against three interceptions since Week 7, and just once has he finished a game with more than 200 yards. He's no longer a fantasy option, especially with this injury. 

If Weeden does have to miss any time, little would be affected fantasy-wise for the Browns. Rookie running back Trent Richardson would continue being the offense's bell-cow, although Josh Gordon's minimal value could decrease with small-armed McCoy starting. 

Overall, however, it does not appear that Weeden's injury is severe. He should be expected to start in Week 13 if the concussion testing goes as planned. He will need an independent neurologist to clear him before he can play against the Oakland Raiders next Sunday.