Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer has a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, will need surgery and is out for the season.
Coach Rob Chudzinski provided the update this afternoon on a conference call with beat writers. An MRI this morning confirmed the Browns’ fears, although Chudzinski said no other ligaments were damaged.
Hoyer was injured Thursday night when hit by Bills linebacker Kiko Alonso as he started to slide after a scramble. He left the game, couldn’t return and left the stadium on crutches.
Hoyer was living a lifelong dream as starting quarterback for the Browns. He grew up in North Olmsted and graduated from St. Ignatius.
He was 2-0 as a starter before Thursday night’s 37-24 win over the Bills and was the major factor in the turnaround from an 0-2 start.
“He did a great job stepping in, really showing what he can do with the opportunity,” Chudzinski said. “He was huge for us.
“Obviously he’s disappointed. If you know him, how positive he is, he’s already thinking about when he’s going to be back.”
Brandon Weeden will return to the starting job he held last season and for the first two games this year. He suffered a sprained right thumb in Week 2, which led to Hoyer’s chance.
Weeden came off the bench against the Bills and settled down in the second half to lead a comeback. He went 13-for-24 for 197 yards, a touchdown and a 95.3 rating.
“The guys rallied around Brandon,” Chudzinski said. “It was a gutsy performance. It wasn’t always pretty, but he got the job done.”
Jason Campbell is the other quarterback on the roster. Chudzinski said the Browns will meet to decide if they want to add another.
Josh Freeman, a former first-round pick, is available after being released Thursday by Tampa Bay.
Chudzinski said defensive end Desmond Bryant is fine and has returned to normal after experiencing shortness of breath and an irregular heartbeat Thursday night. He was taken to the Cleveland Clinic during the game.
Chudzinski said he has no concerns about Bryant going forward and expects him to play Oct. 13 against Detroit. Bryant also was hospitalized last year with an irregular heartbeat and played the next week. Chudzinski said the Browns have a plan to handle it.