Brian Hoyer’s surgery set for October 18

Cleveland Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski said on Friday morning that quarterback Brian Hoyer will have surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee on Friday, Oct. 18.

Hoyer, 27, injured his knee while sliding early in the first half of the Browns’ win against the Buffalo Bills last Thursday. On the season, the Cleveland native had won both starts prior to being unable to complete last week’s contest. In his two-plus games as a starter filling in for a then injured quarterback Brandon Weeden, Hoyer completed 59 percent of his passes for 615 yards, five touchdowns and three interceptions.

“He did a great job stepping in, really showing what he can do with opportunity,” Chudzinski said of Hoyer earlier this week. “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.”

Hoyer was seen at practice this week, watching from the sidelines while on crutches. Chudzinski said the team hopes to have him back on the field during OTAs in May and June. Weeden, the team’s second-year quarterback, is expected to start in Hoyer’s place.

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