Browns’ Hoyer (knee) out for season

Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer will miss the rest of the season

with a torn right knee ligament.

Hoyer, who began the year as Cleveland’s No. 3 quarterback and

led the Browns to wins in two straight starts, was injured at the

end of a scramble in the first quarter of Thursday night’s 37-24

win over Buffalo. Hoyer had sparked the first-place Browns (3-2)

after replacing Brandon Weeden.

Hoyer’s knee was bent awkwardly when he slid on an 11-yard run

and was hit from the side by Bills rookie linebacker Kiko

Alonso.

Hoyer waited five seasons for a chance to start, and he quickly

became a fan favorite because he’s from Cleveland and grew up

rooting for his hometown team.

Weeden replaced Hoyer against the Bills and rallied the Browns

to their third straight win.

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