Sources: Broken finger to end season for Browns' Quinn

Brady Quinn finally got his chance, but it's not going to end the way he envisioned.

After only three starts, the Cleveland Browns quarterback will be shut down for the season with a broken index finger, sources told ESPN's Chris Mortensen on Tuesday.

FoxSports.com first reported that Quinn would be shut down.

Sources told ESPN that the team has not determined whether surgery will be necessary, but Quinn must stop all football activity for at least six weeks, ending his season.

Quinn and the Browns made the decision after the quarterback had been examined by noted orthopedist Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala., earlier Tuesday. According to FoxSports.com, the exam found that the break had gotten worse and was threatening tendons in the finger as well.

Derek Anderson, who lost his job to Quinn in Week 10, will return to the starting spot when the Browns host the Colts on Sunday.

Quinn thought he only bruised his hand last week but complained of soreness following practice on Wednesday. Tests revealed a small fracture on the tip of his finger and Quinn was examined at the Cleveland Clinic by a specialist, who cleared the former Notre Dame star to make his third career start Sunday.

Quinn initially broke the tip of the finger and damaged a tendon in his second career start on Nov. 17 at Buffalo.

Last week, Quinn was presented with three options: play through pain, immobilize the break for 4-to-6 weeks or have surgery, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported.

"Brady wanted to play," the source told the paper. "If it was going to be fixed a week ago, it would have been virtually the same thing. Nobody had any idea what would happen if he'd just gone out and played with it. Doctors viewed it before then and thought he was OK to play."

Browns spokesman Bill Bonsiewicz told the Associated Press that Quinn will meet with medical personnel and the coaching staff on Wednesday morning and that coach Romeo Crennel will update Quinn's injury during his 11 a.m. news conference.

Quinn was benched in the fourth quarter on Sunday by Crennel after throwing two interceptions in Cleveland's 16-6 loss to the Texans. Crennel said he put in Anderson, his former starter and a Pro Bowler last season, to spark the team and because of misreads by Quinn as well as his injury.

Quinn refused to blame the injury after the game for his poor performance -- 8 of 18 for 94 yards -- and was puzzled by Crennel's decision to pull him with the game still in doubt.

Despite the sudden benching, Crennel said Quinn had not lost his job and that he would start against the Colts.

Quinn's injury is the latest drama to befall the 4-7 Browns, who have been a major disappointment this season after winning 10 games in 2007.

In addition to an assortment of injuries, wide receiver Braylon Edwards has dropped crucial passes; tight end Kellen Winslow criticized the team for its handling of his hospitalization for a staph infection and was briefly suspended; Quinn took over for Anderson; and Savage sent a fan a profane e-mail.

On Wednesday, owner Randy Lerner spoke to the media for the first time in more than a year and said he would wait until after the season before deciding on the future of Crennel and Savage.

The Browns wanted to spend the remainder of the season to evaluate, the former Notre Dame star who they drafted with the No. 22 overall pick in 2007. Although Browns fans wanted to see the popular Quinn sooner, he didn't make his NFL debut until the season finale last season and was Anderson's backup for the first eight games before making his first start on Nov. 6 against Denver.

Chris Mortensen is the NFL senior analyst for ESPN. Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.