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Browns promote QB Kevin Hogan to active roster, cut QB Charlie Whitehurst

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On Tuesday, the Cleveland Browns terminated the contract of QB Charlie Whitehurst with an injury settlement and promoted rookie QB Kevin Hogan to the active roster. It’s a series of moves needed to ensure the team doesn’t end up in another situation this Sunday against the Tennessee Titans where WR Terrelle Pryor is forced to play quarterback by default.

Hogan (6-3, 218 lbs) was a fifth-round pick by the Kansas City Chiefs in this year’s draft, and somebody who the team had brought for a visit to Berea during the pre-draft process. Many draft pundits had him ranked higher than Cody Kessler heading into April’s draft. Hogan has a big frame who can take the bit hits without you worrying about him crumbling. He has good arm strength, but has a very long delivery that the Browns have been trying to work on since they signed him to the practice squad at the beginning of the season.

This preseason, Hogan completed 7-of-15 passes for 36 yards and 1 interception with the Chiefs, as he was buried fifth on the depth chart. Browns associate head coach Pep Hamilton was Hogan’s offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach in 2012 at Stanford.

I wouldn’t expect Hogan to play this Sunday against the Tennessee Titans, as it sounds like either one or both of Kessler and QB Josh McCown will be available as they return from injury.