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Anderson injures finger, starts 2nd half; Quinn takes field in debut

CLEVELAND -- Cleveland Browns quarterback Derek Anderson sat
out one series in the first half with an injured right pinky,
allowing rookie Brady Quinn to make his NFL debut in Sunday's game
against the San Francisco 49ers.


Anderson, whose emergence has pushed the Browns (9-6) to the
brink of a playoff berth, appeared to get hurt when he was hit by
49ers safety Michael Lewis while throwing an incomplete pass.

Anderson grabbed his hand and walked slowly to the sideline. He
sat briefly on the bench before he was escorted to the locker room
by Browns medical personnel. The team said his return was
questionable.

However, X-rays were negative and Anderson, who came back to the
sideline and warmed up before the first half ended, started the
third quarter.

Late in the first half, Quinn jogged onto the field with 3:11
left to a thunderous ovation from Browns fans who have been curious
to see him perform as a pro. Although Cleveland's game was mostly
meaningless, Browns coach Romeo Crennel was not expected to play
Quinn.

The former Notre Dame star's first pass was batted down. His
first completion was a 15-yarder to tight end Steve Heiden.

The first-round draft pick drove Cleveland to 49ers 6, but a
possible TD pass to Braylon Edwards whistled through the wide
receiver's hands. On the next play, tight end Kellen Winslow
dropped Quinn's pass in the end zone.

Quinn went 3-for-8 for 45 yards.

Before getting injured, Anderson threw a 45-yard TD pass to
Edwards to put Cleveland ahead 14-0. It was Anderson's 29th TD pass
this season, one shy of Brian Sipe's club record.

Anderson began the season as a backup, but took over when
starter Charlie Frye was traded after a 34-7 loss in the season
opener to Pittsburgh. Anderson threw five TD passes the following
week against Cincinnati and has been one of the league's surprise
stories this season.