NFL notes: Browns, Vikings continue quarterback carousels

The Cleveland Browns and Minnesota Vikings aren’t going anywhere this season, and the revolving door at quarterback for both teams is one of the biggest reasons. Both teams announced changes at the positions again Wednesday.

Jason Campbell is finally getting a chance to start at quarterback for the reeling Browns, who are turning to the veteran to settle things down in a season that’s beginning to spin out of control. In Minnesota, Week 1 starter Christian Ponder is getting another chance after his two replacements did even worse.

Browns coach Rob Chudzinski benched ineffective starter Brandon Weeden and will go with Campbell on Sunday against the unbeaten Kansas City Chiefs. Campbell is the third QB to start for Cleveland already this season and the 20th — the most in the NFL — since 1999 for the Browns.


Campbell started just one game last season.

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With Weeden coming off poor performances in losses to Detroit and Green Bay, Chudzinski decided to switch to Campbell, who was leapfrogged earlier this season by Brian Hoyer. Hoyer led the Browns to wins over the Vikings and Bengals before his season ended in the first quarter Oct. 3 against Buffalo. But Weeden’s struggles left Chudzinski with little choice but to start Campbell.

The Vikings’ quarterback carousel hasn’t stopped turning and it seems to spin more wildly out of control each week.

After an awful debut on Monday night, Josh Freeman reported to team headquarters this week with concussion-like symptoms. Re-enter, Ponder.

‘‘It’s an opportunity to get back in the saddle and be more vocal and take ahold of this position,’’ Ponder said, ‘‘because I don’t want to give it back.’’


Ponder started the first three games of the season, was injured, and then lost his job to backup Matt Cassel. Cassel played well in a victory over Pittsburgh and poorly in a loss to Carolina two weeks ago, prompting coach Leslie Frazier to turn to the newly signed Freeman against the Giants. Freeman went 20 for 53 for 190 yards in the loss to the Giants.

Peyton Manning sits out

Peyton Manning doesn’t like to skip any snaps, so you can imagine how unhappy he was when a tender ankle forced him to miss practice for the first time since joining the Denver Broncos last year. ‘‘It was Greek’s call,’’ Manning said of head athletic trainer Steve Antonopulos. ‘‘I can assure I didn’t go down without a fight.’’ Manning said he plans to return to practice Thursday when the banged-up Broncos continue preparations for Mike Shanahan’s return to Denver with the Washington Redskins . . . Eagles quarterback Michael Vick went through a second consecutive practice with no setbacks. But the injured veteran said he still needs to test his injured hamstring and won’t know more until Friday, as Philadelphia continues preparations for the Giants on Sunday. Vick has missed the Eagles’ last two games after injuring his hamstring. Nick Foles, who started a win over the Buccaneers and a loss to the Cowboys in place of Vick, suffered a concussion against Dallas and hasn’t practiced since. The only fully healthy quarterback on the roster is rookie Matt Barkley, who threw three fourth-quarter interceptions against Dallas.

Suspension cut

Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather has had his two-game suspension cut in half by an appeals officer. Meriweather was suspended Monday by the NFL for repeated violations of player safety rules. But hearing officer Ted Cottrell reduced the fine to one game Wednesday. Meriweather was flagged for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game and for a helmet-first hit to the head and neck area of receiver Brandon Marshall . . . Bills coach Doug Marrone said he is considering resting running back C.J. Spiller (ankle) Sunday against the Saints. Spiller managed just 24 carries for 122 yards and a touchdown in his past three games . . . Saints tight end Jimmy Graham was unable to practice, but did not appear seriously hurt as he walked the sideline with tape on his injured left foot. Coach Sean Payton said he didn’t know if Graham would play Sunday against the Bills . . . Falcons running back Steven Jackson, who has missed four straight games with a hamstring injury, practiced Wednesday and said he feels ready to ‘‘give it a go.’’ . . . Packers coach Mike McCarthy said injured tight end Jermichael Finley is making progress in recuperating from a serious neck injury but is seeking more opinions from specialists . . . The Giants placed starting center David Baas on injured reserve after he hurt his left knee for the second time this season.