Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden didn't mince words when asked what he learned while standing on the sidelines while Brian Hoyer defeated the Vikings 31-27 last week.

"Don't get hurt'' said Weeden who's been ruled out for the Bengals game with his sprained thumb. "I don't know how else to put it. Injuries suck. They happen. Things happen for a reason and we'll see how it plays out.''

Weeden seems to know that he might've lost his starting job due to injury depending on how Hoyer continues to play.

He acknowledged that Hoyer who will make his third career start Sunday and second for the Browns "played really well'' against the Vikings. Overcoming three interceptions Hoyer engineered a last-minute gamewinning touchdown pass to Jordan Cameron.

"He took advantage of the opportunities that are in front of them'' said Weeden who threw a football for the first time Friday since spraining the thumb in week two against Baltimore. "I think as a whole offensively I thought we played really well. Obviously having Josh (Gordon) back it was nice for Brian. That's a big weapon for him. But I thought he played real well."

He noted that it would've been nice for him to have Gordon in the first two games when the Browns struggled offensively and scored a total of 16 points in their two losses.

"You're over there and it's nice seeing Josh out there first of all'' he said. "It's nice having him as an offensive weapon. He's just a huge asset for this offense and the passing game so yeah it's nice being out there with 12. Other guys made plays Jordan Cameron had a huge game. We played well offensively did a lot of really good things."

Weeden who didn't get much help from his receivers the first two games expected a monster game from Gordon who caught 10 passes for 146 yards including a 47-yard TD.

"Absolutely'' said Weeden. "He was playing with a lot of weight on his shoulders because he missed the first two weeks and he had a lot to prove and we saw it in training camp. We saw it in preseason. We knew he was going to make plays and maybe that was the spark we needed. Hopefully we can keep going and what's it all about is winning games and if he can help us continue to win games shoot I'll be all for it.''

Weeden knows that he's not guaranteed his starting job when he's 100% healthy which could be as early as next week.

"You know at this point where we're at that's out of my control'' he said. "My focus is making sure this thumb continues to make the steps that allow me to get back and be 100 percent. There's no reason to rush back and get to where I'm not completely healthy so my main goal is getting healthy and whenever I am than I'll sit down with Chud and we'll go from there."

Chudzinski said he talked to Weeden and explained the situation -- that he'll evaluate the quarterback situation on a week-to-week basis and play whoever gives him the best chance to win.