Update: Browns coach Rob Chudzinski confirms that Hoyer tore his ACL and is out for the year, according to The Associated Press.
Cleveland cannot catch a break. Just days after the Indians were bounced from the playoffs after finally earning a postseason berth, the Browns have lost the new hope that had arisen behind quarterback Brian Hoyer.
Hoyer left Thursday night’s game against the Bills with a knee injury, and the news the next day out is the worst it could be. The Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Mary Kay Cabot reports that Hoyer has torn his ACL, meaning he is out for the rest of the season.
Hoyer had an MRI Friday morning. Other reports indicate that the ACL was the only ligament damaged.
The Browns’ starter from the beginning of the season, Brandon Weeden, came in and finished the win Thursday night, but Hoyer’s loss will sting for Cleveland, which won all three games after Hoyer took over for an injured Weeden.