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Priorities: Rex Grossman Turns Down Playing for Browns over Family Christmas Plans

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The Cleveland Browns offered Rex Grossman a one-week contract to quarterback over the Christmas weekend but Grossman turned the team down saying that his family holiday plans took precedence.

ESPN senior NFL writer Jeremy Fowler was the first to report that Grossman felt that his family was more important that a one-week contract to play for the Browns.

The Browns are down to their number-four quarterback as injuries have wracked the team’s offense this season.

“Week 16 starter Johnny Manziel suffered a hamstring injury Sunday against the Panthers and has already been ruled out of the season finale against the Ravens,” The Sporting News reported. “Backup Brian Hoyer was also injured in the game, and he’s reported to be available only in an emergency capacity.”

Grossman many have seemed an interesting choice since he hasn’t thrown a pass in a regular-season NFL game since 2011. Still, Grossman was with the Browns in the pre-season before being cut and likely has some familiarity with Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan’s playbook from their days together with the Redskins.

With Grossman out of the picture, the team is expected to elevate Connor Shaw from the team’s practice squad.

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