Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden has been told that his sprained thumb does not require surgery, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Weeden reportedly saw a hand specialist Thursday after injuring the thumb Sunday against the Ravens.
Schefter reports Weeden could be ready to play as early as next week. Whether or not a healthy Weeden will be coach Rob Chudzinski's choice at starting quarterback is another matter. On Wednesday, the coach wouldn't guarantee the position is Weeden's to lose upon his return.
Chudzinski selected third-string quarterback Brian Hoyer -- an undrafted free agent out of Michigan State -- to start against the Vikings on Sunday, bypassing veteran second-string quarterback Jason Campbell.
The Browns' surprising trade of former third overall pick Trent Richardson to the Colts on Wednesday has sparked speculation that the new regime headed by Chudzinski and general manager Michael Lombardi could be positioning to draft a quarterback with one of Cleveland's two first round picks in the 2014 draft.