CLEVELAND - There's been a status change at the confusing quarterback position for the Browns as Jason Campbell was cleared to practice Thursday.
Campbell suffered a concussion on a hit by William Gay of the Pittsburgh Steelers 11 days ago. He sat out last Sunday's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Brandon Weeden, who stepped in for Campbell against the Jaguars, suffered a concussion at some point during the game but was able to finish. He's been cleared for activities like attending meetings, but he's yet to be cleared to practice.
Recently signed quarterbacks Alex Tanney and Caleb Hanie shared reps in Wednesday's practice. Campbell's addition to the mix further confuses which direction coach Rob Chudzinski will follow for Sunday's road game against the New England Patriots.
It appears that Weeden won't be available Sunday. Campbell's status will be determined following practice today.
"He won't pass the independent neurologist's tests until we see how he does today and in the next 24 to 48 hours," Chudzinski said.
Chudzinski said Campbell has been alert at meetings. Sitting in a comfortable chair, however, is much different than lining up against 11 defenders on Sunday afternoon.
ANOTHER BLOW: The defense took a hit when end Desmond Bryant was placed on injured-reserve with heart palpitations. Bryant was taken to the Cleveland Clinic after complaining of breathing problems during a game against the Buffalo Bills in early October. He remained there overnight for observations.
Bryant, signed away from the Oakland Raiders as a free agent last March, had a good start to the season, but his play has tailed off of late. He finished the season with 45 tackles and 3.5 sacks.
"It's disappointing," Chudzinski said. "He's been playing at a high level for us. Certainly right now the most important thing is for him to get that taken care of and be ready to go. We're expecting a full recovery."
LONG SEASON: Rookie defensive lineman Armonty Bryant should get more snaps in place of Desmond. Armonty has 12 tackles and two sacks on a limited number of snaps.
Armonty is discovering about the long grind it can be for a rookie.
"Coming from college the most games I ever played was 11," Armonty said. "Right now if you count the preseason, this is 16 games. I'm way past what I'm used to in college."
WINNING TRADITION: The Patriots are the most successful franchise in the NFL since owner Robert Kraft purchased the team in 1994. Their 214 regular-season wins is the most since then, leading the runner-up Packers by 13. They also have the most total wins since then with 234, 17 more than the Packers.
Only the Los Angeles Lakers have more championships (four) in all the major sports leagues since 2001 than the Patriots' three Super Bowl wins. The San Antonio Spurs and Boston Red Sox also have won three titles in their respective sports.
INJURY REPORT: The only change for the Browns, in addition to Campbell, was running back Willis McGahee. He's been downgraded from a full participant to limited with a knee injury.
Linebacker Brandon Spikes (non-injury) was limited after missing Wednesday's practice for the Patriots. Cornerback Alfonzo Dennard (knee/non-injury) didn't practice after being limited Wednesday.