CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Browns have terminated the contract of quarterback Charlie Whitehurst and promoted rookie Kevin Hogan from the practice squad, the team announced Tuesday afternoon.
Signed to back up rookie Cody Kessler on September 20, Whitehurst completed 14 of his 24 throws for 182 yards with one touchdown and one interception in a 33-13 loss to the New England Patriots at FirstEnergy Stadium Sunday.
Whitehurst replaced Kessler after the first-year quarterback suffered rib and chest injuries on a safety late in the first quarter of play. However, Whitehurst exited the game when he suffered a left knee injury while trying to escape pressure out of the pocket.
In the 6-foot-3, 218-pound Hogan, the Browns have a signal-caller who completed 727 of his 1,103 pass attempts for 9,385 yards with 75 touchdowns against 29 interceptions. Proving adept at making plays in and out of the pocket, Hogan added 1,249 yards and 15 touchdowns on rushing plays.
Hogan entered the NFL after his best collegiate year, when he completed 206 of his 304 attempts for 2,867 yards and 27 touchdowns against eight interceptions during the 2015 season, one in which he led Stanford to 45-16 win over the Iowa Hawkeyes in the Rose Bowl.
A fifth-round pick of the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2016 NFL Draft, Hogan spent the first five weeks of the regular season on the Browns’ practice squad.
In addition to Hogan, the Browns signed 6-foot-2, 284-pound defensive lineman Gabe Wright off of their practice squad and signed wide receiver Mitch Mathews to the practice squad.