Quinn makes decision; surgery set for Wednesday
After weighing his options over the past week, Cleveland's quarterback has elected to have surgery on his right index finger, which he initially broke on Nov. 17 at Buffalo and then made worse by playing in the Browns' game a week later against Houston.
The team said that Quinn's operation will be performed on Wednesday in Birmingham, Ala., by hand specialist Dr. Thomas Hunt. The procedure, which will likely involve a pin being inserted in Quinn's finger to stabilize the bone and damaged tendon, will require up to 10 weeks of recovery time.
In his second career start, Quinn broke the tip of his finger when he banged it against a Bills defender in the first half of Cleveland's 29-27 win. Although he was given the option of having the operation or rest, Quinn played in a Nov. 23 game against the Texans and sustained further damage to the finger on his throwing hand. He was benched in the third quarter by coach Romeo Crennel after throwing two interceptions.
However, he didn't regret playing and said he would make the same choice again.
Quinn started three games this season for the underachieving Browns, who also lost quarterback Derek Anderson to a season-ending knee injury. Anderson tore his left medial collateral ligament in the closing minutes of Sunday's loss to the Indianapolis Colts.
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