CLEVELAND – Brian Hoyer, the hometown quarterback who sparked his Cleveland Browns to two straight wins, will miss the rest of the season with a torn right knee ligament.
Coach Rob Chudzinski said an MRI taken Friday showed that Hoyer tore the anterior cruciate ligament. He will undergo surgery, ending his feel-good story after just three starts.
Hoyer began the year as Cleveland’s No. 3 quarterback. With Brandon Weeden out with a sprained thumb, Hoyer made just his second NFL start in Week 3 and led the Browns (3-2) to victories over Minnesota and Cincinnati, throwing winning touchdown passes in the fourth quarter of both wins.
Hoyer was injured at the end of a scramble in the first quarter of Thursday night’s 37-24 win over Buffalo.
BILLS: Rookie quarterback E.J. Manuel has a sprained lateral collateral ligament in his right knee that won’t require surgery but will sideline him at least two weeks and potentially longer.
CHARGERS: Tackle King Dunlap was ruled out of Sunday night’s game at Oakland due to a concussion.
JETS: Receiver Stephen Hill returned to practice on a limited basis for the first time since suffering a concussion last weekend at Tennessee.
• New York claimed tight end Zach Sudfeld off waivers from New England.
RAIDERS: Running back Darren McFadden missed a third straight day of practice because of a hamstring injury, making it all but certain he will miss Sunday night’s game with San Diego.
COWBOYS: Receiver Miles Austin is on the verge of missing a second straight game because of a hamstring injury.
GIANTS: Veteran guard Chris Snee was placed on injured reserve and is out for the rest of the season because of an injured hip.
CHIEFS: Kansas City will be without rookie right tackle Eric Fisher because of a concussion when it visits Tennessee on Sunday.
COLTS: Running back Ahmad Bradshaw will miss Sunday’s game against Seattle and take a couple of weeks to decide whether to have season-ending neck surgery.
DOLPHINS: Defensive end Cameron Wake is questionable for Sunday’s game against Baltimore with a left knee injury that has already forced him to miss one game.