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BEREA, Ohio -- Week 3. Quarterback No. 3. The Browns are up to their usual changes, just a lot earlier than normal. With Brandon Weeden out with a sprained thumb for at least one game, and Clevelands offence unable to score, coach Rob Chudzinski shockingly named third-string QB Brian Hoyer his starter for Sundays game at Minnesota and demoted troubled wide receiver Greg Little. Chudzinskis decision to start Hoyer is a surprise since he picked him ahead of experienced backup Jason Campbell, who came off the bench last week after Weeden was injured in Baltimore. Hoyer had been listed as Clevelands third-team quarterback behind Campbell since training camp opened, and it had been assumed that if Weeden couldnt play, Campbell would move one spot up the depth chart. But Chudzinski decided to go with Hoyer to help the Browns (0-2) get their first win. "I feel like based on our current situation -- where were at offensively as well as getting into the game planning for Minnesota -- that Brians strengths are the best fit for this week and that he gives us our best chance to win," Chudzinski said. "The things that he does well fit what we need. For me, its about who gives us the best chance to win. "Were 0-2 right now, so were looking to shake things up to start winning games. Were hoping this is a spark we need." Chudzinski added another layer of alarm to Wednesdays news by failing to guarantee Weeden would get his job back. "Im going to leave all the options open," Chudzinski said. "Really, its a matter of where hes at from a health standpoint and all that plays into it and where were at and how guys are playing as well." Browns general manager Michael Lombardi has long admired Hoyer, but Chudzinski said the choice to start him was "absolutely my decision." Hoyer will be the 19th quarterback to start for the Browns since 1999, a troubling figure that maybe best explains why the club is 73-154 since its expansion return with one playoff appearance. As Clevelands offensive co-ordinator in 2007, Chudzinski oversaw the benching of starter Charlie Frye after the opener for Derek Anderson, who led the Browns to a 10-6 record with a high-scoring offence. "Its just evidence that a change can be good," Chudzinski said. "It remains to be seen how Brian plays. Im expecting him to play well." Weeden injured his thumb when he banged it on the helmet of a teammate while throwing a pass in Sundays 14-6 loss to Baltimore. The second-year starter will visit a hand specialist on Thursday, when he should get a better sense of how long he will be out. "You never want to get hurt," said Weeden, who was sacked 11 times in Clevelands two losses. "I dont care when it is, could be the 16th game or the first game. As a player, you want to be out there. So, yeah it is frustrating. Even though the results werent there offensively, we were starting to do some better things. "I want to be out there with my guys." Glancing at the black brace on his right hand, Weeden quietly answered questions. He seemed caught off guard when told about Chudzinskis comment that his job may not be waiting for him. "I dont worry about that stuff," Weeden said. Running back Trent Richardson isnt concerned about who he lines up with in the backfield. "It really doesnt matter to me. Im behind my quarterback 100 per cent, whoever he is," Richardson said. "Im glad people have been sleeping on Hoyer. So when he comes out to surprise people, itd be a bigger shock to the world. Hes a smart dude." For Hoyer, the chance to start for the Browns is a dream. The 27-year-old grew up in Cleveland. It will be the second career start for the fifth-year QB, who appeared in Arizonas season finale last year against San Francisco and completed 19 of 34 passes for 225 yards. However, Hoyer, who was waived by New England, Pittsburgh and Arizona in a nine-month span last year, gained invaluable experience and the confidence to do it again. "Every situation is unique and this what I came here for -- to play," said Hoyer, who signed with Cleveland in May. "You dont come here to be just a guy, and I think anybody who plays this position in this league, they want to be on the field. But unfortunately, there can only be one." Hoyer started the exhibition finale after Campbell fell ill in Chicago. He completed 24 of 35 passes for 307 yards and a TD with two interceptions. Campbell, who has made 71 career starts, was not available in the locker room. Chudzinski said Campbell handled not starting with class. "Hes a team player," Chudzinski said. "He said hell be ready if we need him." ---- NOTES: Little, who has dropped several passes, was dropped himself as Chudzinski said WRs Davone Bess and Josh Gordon, back from a two-game suspension, will start. 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Manning briefly exited the game late in the first half and produced a modest 233 yards with a touchdown, but five Connor Barth field goals and a strong defensive effort helped Denver (11-3) sew up its fourth straight division crown. Its a tough division to win, so it feels good, said Manning. All it does is guarantee you a spot in the playoffs, but at least you have a shot. The Broncos limited San Diego to 288 total yards, with the Chargers failing to mount a sustained rushing attack with top back Ryan Mathews out with an ankle injury. Philip Rivers finished 24-of-41 for 232 yards and a touchdown to Antonio Gates, but threw two late interceptions. Reliable kicker Nick Novak also missed a pair of field goal tries in a costly loss that now has San Diego (8-6) on the outside of the AFC playoff picture. The Chargers were coming off last weeks loss to New England. It was a tough two-game stretch against the best teams in the conference and were not in their company yet, said Rivers. Were just not. That doesnt mean we cant be or that I think we cant beat them. I believe we can. Demaryius Thomas also stepped up for the Broncos, recording 123 yards and a touchdown on six catches, with C.J. Anderson adding 85 rushing yards on a workmanlike 29 carries. Manning completed 14-of-20 attempts one week after he threw for a season-low 173 yards and had a streak of 51 consecutive games with a touchdown pass halted against Buffalo. The Broncos won that game, too. Manning was shaken up while blocking Chargers linebacker Donald Butler on Andersons third-and-goal run that was initially ruled a touchdown, then overturned on review. When the five-time league MVP hobbled, Broncos head coach John Fox opted for Barths 19-yard field goal that gave Denver a 9-0 lead with under two minutes to go in the half. Brock Osweiler directed Denvers next series, which ended in a quick three- and-out, as Manning received treatment in the locker room. The punt was returned 58 yards deep into Broncos territory by Eddie Royal, setting up Novaks 30-yard field goal that got San Diego on the board just before halftime. The Broncos also punted with Manning back at the controls to begin the second half, but the legendary quarterback was in vintage form on the teams next possession. After back-to-back strong runs from Anderson and Jeremy Stewart put Denver iin scoring range, Manning sent an on-target back-shoulder throw in the direction of Thomas, who snared the pass and eluded Brandon Flowers for a 28-yard touchdown that extended the lead to 16-3 late in the third quarter.dddddddddddd The touchdown came moments after Novak struck the left upright on a 37-yard field goal attempt that would have pulled the Chargers within three points. Rivers answered Manning with his best work of the day, going 5-for-5 in engineering an 11-play, 80-yard sequence he capped with a 5-yard strike to Gates that brought the Chargers back within one score with 10:13 remaining. A defensive pass interference penalty on San Diegos Shareece Wright on 3rd- and-12 extended Denvers subsequent drive, however. Manning made him pay by connecting with Emmanuel Sanders for 33 yards two plays later, leading to Barths 49-yard kick and a 19-10 Broncos advantage with under five minutes to go. Rivers was then picked off by Aqib Talib in San Diego territory, positioning Barth for his fifth field goal of the afternoon. His final pass, intended for Gates in the end zone, landed in the hands of Denvers Rahim Moore to seal the outcome at the two-minute warning. Royals long return was the highlight of an otherwise ineffective first two quarters for the Chargers offense, which mustered a mere 92 yards and four first downs. Nearly all of that total came on a 13-play first-quarter drive that came up empty when Derek Wolfe blocked Novaks 46-yard field goal try. The Broncos put up a pair of field goals prior to Novaks first failed kick, though they missed out on an opportunity for more on both occasions. After marching inside the San Diego 10 on their second possession of the day -- highlighted by Thomas 36-yard catch-and-run -- Manning couldnt connect on two throws to his No. 1 wideout from the 1-yard line and Fox settled for Barths 19-yard kick. Mannings 30-yard strike to Julius Thomas on 3rd-and-6 placed Denver back in the red zone on its next trek, but once again the Chargers held and Barth came on for a 26-yard field goal early in the second quarter. San Diego later stuffed three straight runs from Juwan Thompson and Anderson from the 1-yard line, the last play the one in which Manning was injured. Game Notes The Chargers were held to 216 total yards in last weeks 23-14 loss to New England ... 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