Source: Browns add Hanie with QBs hurting

Updated: December 3, 2013, 10:00 AM ET

Jeff Dickerson |

The Cleveland Browns signed free-agent quarterback Caleb Hanie on Tuesday, according to a league source.

Cleveland’s quarterback situation is unsettled with both Brandon Weeden and Jason Campbell dealing with concussions. After Hanie’s tryout last week, the Browns signed quarterback Alex Tanney off the Dallas Cowboys practice squad.

It’s currently unknown if either Weeden or Campbell will be medically cleared to start Cleveland’s game Sunday versus the New England Patriots.

Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said Weeden was in the building Monday morning and was sent home. Weeden cannot play until he passes league-mandated concussion tests.

Campbell, who missed the Browns’ loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars last Sunday with a concussion, has been cleared for activity but not to practice, Chudzinski said.

The Browns brought in Hanie, 28, last week for a workout.

He entered the NFL in 2008 as an undrafted rookie out of Colorado State and spent four seasons with the Chicago Bears where he started four games in 2011. Hanie finished that season with 613 yards, three touchdowns, nine interceptions and a pass-rating of 41.8.

Hanie went on to serve as one of the Peyton Manning‘s backups in Denver in 2012, then joined the Baltimore Ravens last April but was released in August. Browns reporter Pat McManamon contributed to this report.

Dickerson has been the Bears beat reporter for ESPN Chicago since 2004. He also hosts weeknight radio shows on ESPN 1000.

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