NFL News: Brian Hoyer out for season with torn ACL

We all knew the first quarter injury didn’t look good. Now we have confirmation: Quarterback Brian Hoyer is out for the rest of the 2013 season with a torn ACL.

Head coach Rob Chudzinski announced the news today. After the game last night, Chudzinski termed the right knee injury as a “strained knee” and that MRI results would show more. Alex Flanagan on the NFL Network reported on the sidelines that the team feared it could be a torn ACL. The MRI came back with the bad news today.

The Browns now have previously deposed started Brandon Weeden and injured backup Jason Campbell on the depth chart at quarterback. On the rumor mill, recently released Tampa Bay QB Josh Freeman could be available and a possible fit, if the team is interested.

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  • Harv 21

    As you spoke you must have known it was a kind of homicide,
    I stood and watched my happiness drift outwards with the tide.

  • typo

    Since Zydrunas’ second foot injury, I dont think ive been this upset about losing a player to injury. After so many years, the Browns were finally watchable.

  • It’s not THAT bad!

    I mean. Honestly.

  • The_Real_Shamrock


  • cmm13

    Bummed because:
    1. This division could have ebeen won with 8 wins and I think between our D and Hoyer we could have gotten there.

    2. We would have beaten Pittsburgh twice in the same year which we haven’t done in a millennia.

    Bright side:
    This doesn’t change the plan for next year at all. Hoyer could have won out and they were still drafting a QB.
    So now maybe you take one a little higher, Hoyer is still your starter and the kid sits.

  • JK

    Why would we ever have something good going for us?

  • maxfnmloans

    We just cant have nice things!

  • MrCleaveland

    O somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright.
    The band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light.
    And somewhere men are laughing, and somewhere children shout.
    But there is no joy in Browns Town, mighty Hoyer must sit out.

  • Matthew Grant Anson

    Get Freeman.

  • CB Everett

    Instead of the woe-is-me as a fan, my woe is for Hoyer. Legitimately, I just feel for the kid today. He came in with a spark, energy, and command. He may not have all the A list tools, but he was quick and decisive and played like he wanted it. Like he knew this was his one big chance. Who knows how it would’ve gone, but it’s a shame he didn’t get to play it out this year. Speedy recovery.

  • Big Z

    WAAAAAAAY more bummed about losing Hoyer than Richardson. Get well man!

  • crobarred

    i feel bad for Hoyer. Great story about a local kid playing for his hometown team. Now we as fans get to watch Weeden for the rest of the year. He holds onto the ball too long and can’t throw short passes with any touch. At least Banner will get that high draft pick he covets.

  • The_Matt_Of_Akron

    You either get injured a hero, or play long enough to see yourself become the prototypical Browns QB.

  • Ezzie Goldish

    1. Still true and our weaker schedule hasn’t changed. (Well, except KC looks a L now.)
    2. We still will.

    I don’t think that much changes other than the excitement level (we know Weeden won’t be their long-term solution, whereas Hoyer was exciting). If anything, this will avoid our annual “we should/shouldn’t draft a QB” discussion as you noted.

  • RGB

    How I wish, how I wish you were here.
    We’re just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl, year after year.
    Running over the same old ground.
    What have we found?
    The same old fears.
    Wish you were here.

  • JNeids

    How now brown cow.
    Sorry, just wanted to get in on the rhyme-a-thon.

  • whosevelt

    Now I kind of hope
    No good QBs will be left
    At the eighth draft pick

  • Harv 21


    [riff on mouthbreathers sitting near me last night]

  • Harv 21

    and you call me cavewall scrawler

  • MrCleaveland

    Sometimes at the height of our reveries, when our joy is at its zenith…

    when all is most right with the world…

    the most unthinkable disasters descend upon us.

    Oh, turkey!

    Sons a bitches! Bumpuses!

    The heavenly aroma still hung heavy in the house. But it was gone.

    All gone. No turkey. No turkey sandwiches.

    No turkey salad. No turkey gravy, turkey hash, turkey a la king…

    or gallons of turkey soup.


    All gone.

  • Harv 21

    ok, second half of the 20th century. (Tom Hamilton voice:) It feels like one of those days where we’re streaking through American cultural history, folks.

  • Big Z

    Take heart, friends. Brian Hoyer WILL be back to play for this team. The gods simply cannot allow him, a Cleveland Browns QB, to remain undefeated.

  • whosevelt

    Good point, but it’s still sad for Hoyer. Also, I think our stake in Hoyer was more on the idea that he could turn out to be a hidden treasure like Tom Brady. Now, if it turns out that he’s legit star, we will be wasting a pick on another top quarterback. This year would have been a good time to find out what Hoyer can be, as well as what he can’t be.

  • cmm13

    You never waste a draft pick on a top quarterback if you draft the right one. 😉

    I’d rather have two star quarterbacks on my hands to decide what to do with than what we’ve dealt with for the past decade.

  • C-Bus Kevin


  • Ben Frambaugh

    For real? That’s a sad case of lashing out!

  • Kildawg

    Josh Freeman is available after the Bucs cut him loose. Why not the Browns take a chance on him? Mobile, good arm, makes decent and quick decisions; plus he would have a good OL and some targets to throw to in Cameron and Gordon, plus a security blanket in Bess. Hell throw Little in there too if you want.

  • Chucky Brown

    but Chris Mihm tho

  • mgbode

    yeah, also, after everything we have seen at QB, I am shocked anyone would be upset with us going after one high in the draft.

  • cmm13

    It’s weird how people easily forget that we’ve only drafted 2 QB’s in the first round since the return.

  • mgbode

    3 in the 1st round (Couch, Quinn, Weeden), but only 1 in the top10.

  • whosevelt

    Couch, Quinn, Weeden. Also note that all three have been terrible so it’s questionable what benefit spending another pick will yield.

  • Natedawg86

    Oooh fuuudge!
    Only I didn’t say “Fudge.” I said THE word, the big one, the queen-mother of dirty words, the “F-dash-dash-dash” word!

  • mgbode

    well, we have missed on picks on DL, LB, DB, OL, TE, WR, and RB as well. hmm, perhaps we should just give someone else our picks so we won’t miss on any more of them.

  • porckchop

    We’ve all traded lovers and woke up alone
    And we clapped for the king though our fingers were cold
    I still have a prayer ’cause I love what I cannot control

  • Harv 21

    love Mr. Beam and that song. Why did I think this might flush you from the weeds, Pork.

  • Natedawg86

    It seems, if I may
    That more teams than expected
    draft QBs early. Doh

  • Toddyus

    I second this (or 8th it actually) but I think, in some small way, it’s because Hoyer seems much closer to us mere mortals than professional athletes usually do. For any of us who had any modicum of athletic ability as kids, who once believed we could play at this level, he’s the closest thing a realistic adult man could look to as a representation of that long lost dream.

    I marvel at many great athletes, but very rarely do they feel relatable to me.

  • whosevelt

    You will not get an argument from me on that suggestion.

  • nj0

    Freeman, Hoyer, Weeden, Lewis, McCoy, Wallace, Delhomme, Quinn, Anderson, Dorsey, Gradkowski, Frye, Dilfer, Garcia, McCown, Holcomb, Couch, Pederson, Wynn, and Detmer?

    I like the sound of that!

  • nj0

    I’ll be extremely disappointed if we pay Campbell and don’t even let him start a couple of games for us.

    I don’t think Banner and Lombardi really get what we do here.

  • Porckchop

    Adult contemporary music quoting and a Cleveland sports tragedy? Thats like my own personal Bat signal.

  • nj0

    So by my count, that’s twenty QBs in 14 seasons. Counting 20 QBs from the start of the franchise would take you from 1946 with Otto Graham through 1987 with Bernie Kosar. Getting by 1988 will be tough though since there’s Pagel AND Strock (Danielson too but he started in ’85). We’re seven starting QBs away from equaling the number that the original Browns had.