Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer will miss the rest of the National Football League season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during last night’s game.
There was no other ligament damage, and Hoyer will have season-ending surgery, Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said today.
Hoyer, 27, was injured following an 11-yard scramble in the first quarter of the team’s 37-24 victory over the Buffalo Bills. As he slid to avoid a tackle from Bills linebacker Kiko Alonso, his right knee got caught in the turf, forcing his body to roll over his leg at an awkward angle.
The team’s third-string quarterback at the beginning of the season, Hoyer took over as Cleveland’s starter after Brandon Weeden was injured. Hoyer led the team to wins over the Minnesota Vikings and division-rival Cincinnati Bengals, throwing for 615 yards, five touchdowns and three interceptions prior to his injury.
Weeden, 29, threw for 197 yards and a score yesterday after replacing Hoyer. He will return to his starting duties.
The Browns are 3-2, in first place in the American Football Conference North division. The team has won three straight games since trading running back Trent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts.
-- Editors: Michael Sillup, Jay Beberman