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Browns Sign Strock; Pagel to Start

Don Strock and Steve Slayden were signed by the Cleveland Browns Monday to fill vacancies created by injuries to quarterbacks Bernie Kosar and Gary Danielson.

Strock, 37, a 14-year veteran with Miami, was cut by the Dolphins during the exhibition season. Slayden, 22, a 12th-round draft pick from Duke, was cut by Cleveland this summer after being beaten out by Mike Pagel for the Browns’ third-string quarterback job.

Coach Marty Schottenheimer said Pagel will be the starter until Kosar returns, which is expected to be several weeks. He also said Slayden will be Cleveland’s No. 2 quarterback because he already knows the system, but that Strock could assume that spot quickly.

Strock, a backup quarterback for most of his career in Miami, has completed 388 of 688 passes for 4,613 yards in 163 games. He has started only 20 times.

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Schottenheimer said that the Browns also considered a number of other candidates, including ex-Raider Marc Wilson.

Kosar sprained his right elbow in a game Sept. 4 against Kansas City. Danielson broke his ankle in the third quarter of Sunday’s 23-3 loss to the New York Jets.

Pagel’s first start will be next Monday night against Indianapolis.


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