Rookie Kevin Hogan took over. Earlier in the game Hogan had become the sixth quarterback to take a snap for the Browns when he ran three read-option plays -- in seven games.
Hogan spent the first five games of the season on the practice squad. He was promoted to the active roster Oct. 11 after Whitehurst was injured.
Kessler had played better than expected in starting five games, and was 9-for-11 against Cincinnati before he was hurt.
According to Elias, the Browns are the first team since 1987 (Eagles, Patriots and Broncos) to have at least six different players throw at least one pass in the first seven games of a season.
That was during the strike season that featured replacement players.
The last team to use six quarterbacks in the first seven games in a non-strike season was the 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who went 0-14 in their first NFL season.