Brian Hoyer. Photo by Rob Grabowski, USA Today Sports.
CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Browns have received the bad news they were fearing about quarterback Brian Hoyer's knee.
"It's a torn ACL," head coach Rob Chudzinski said Friday at his noon news conference.
Hoyer crumpled to the ground after an awkward slide while attempting to avoid Buffalo's Kiko Alonso in the first quarter of the Browns' win against Buffalo Thursday night. The team feared an ACL tear Thursday night, and it was confirmed in an MRI Friday morning.
"He's been a big part of what we've done the last couple of weeks," head coach Rob Chudzinski said Thursday night. "I think it was a little bit of a shock for the guys at first."
The injury is a major letdown for what was already one of the best storylines of the NFL season. Hoyer, 27, spent three years as a backup quarterback in New England. He started the final game of the 2012 season for the Arizona Cardinals.
But given a chance in Cleveland to replace Brandon Weeden, Hoyer led the Browns to wins in his first two starts, against the Minnesota Vikings and Cincinnati Bengals - good enough to have likely secured himself the starting job for the foreseeable future.
Weeden threw a touchdown and completed 13-of-24 throws after replacing Hoyer Thursday night. He had help from veteran running back Willis McGahee, who scored his first touchdown since signing with the Browns after the Trent Richardson trade, and Travis Benjamin, who scored on a 79-yard punt return.
Hoyer is a native Northeast Ohioan and quickly endeared himself to fans.
Weeden came into the game to replace Hoyer last night and helped lead the Browns back on their way to a third straight victory and a lead in the AFC North.
The Browns are 3-2 on the season.
Lindsay H. Jones, USA TODAY Sports