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Dallas Cowboys quarterback Alex Tanney (7) passes against the Houston Texans during the first half of a preseason NFL football game Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
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on November 26, 2013 at 11:55 AM, updated November 26, 2013 at 2:47 PM
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The Browns didn't sign a trick-shot kicker this season, but they are signing a trick-shot quarterback.
Quarterback Alex Tanney, who had been on the Cowboys practice squad this season, has agreed to terms with the Browns and is expected to be on the practice field Wednesday in preparation for Sunday's game against the Jaguars at FirstEnergy Stadium.
Tanney will most likely serve as the No. 2 quarterback behind Brandon Weeden, who's expected to start in place of the concussed Jason Campbell.
Tanney actually broke the news himself Tuesday morning on his twitter account. He tweeted:
Tanney is known for a trick-shot video that went viral a couple of years ago and had more than 3 million views (see below). The Browns this summer held a tryout for Havard Rugland, also known as "Kickalicious," who had a viral trick-kicking video and earned a training-camp shot with the Detroit Lions before he was cut.
Tanney, 26, was undrafted out of Division III Monmouth (Ill.) in 2012. He signed with the Chiefs after the final preseason game that year, and they placed him on injured reserve for the season with a finger injury. They cut him in May and the Cowboys signed him in time for training camp in July.
In preseason, Tanney (6-4, 226) completed 40-of-73 passes for 423 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions. In the Cowboys’ final preseason game against Houston, he completed 17-of-31 passes for 177 yards with an interception and was sacked seven times.
He was waived in the final cut, but the Cowboys were intrigued enough to keep him on their practice squad.
The Browns were also set to have free-agent quarterback Caleb Hanie visit Tuesday, but opted to sign Tanney instead. Weeden (0-4) is expected to make his fifth start of the season and will have to overcome booing from his hometown crowd.
Campbell suffered the concussion after he was struck in the facemask by Pittsburgh's William Gay on a corner blitz during Sunday's 27-11 loss to the Steelers and the back of his helmet slammed the frozen ground.