Browns QB Brian Hoyer suffers knee injury; torn ligament?

Brian Hoyer's return is questionable after injuring his knee in the first quarter. (USATSI)
Brian Hoyer's return is questionable after injuring his knee in the first quarter. (USATSI)

The worst-case scenario might be happening for the resurgent Cleveland Browns. Quarterback Brian Hoyer left the game against the Bills on Thursday after suffering a knee injury in the first quarter. The Browns announced that Hoyer won't return to the game. 

Cleveland coach Rob Chudzinski told NFL Network at halftime that the he's fearful Hoyer may have torn a ligament in his right knee. Hoyer will have an MRI on Friday. 

The injury happened when Hoyer scrambled for 11-yards on a second-and-9 play that ended with an awkward slide. Hoyer's right knee got caught under his body and it help that he took a pretty hard hit from Bills linebacker Kiko Alonso

The Browns backup is Brandon Weeden and he entered the game with 11:13 left in the first quarter. 

Cleveland has been on fire since Hoyer took over as the team's starter in Week 3. The Browns have averaged 24 points per game since Hoyer took over as starter. Under Weeden, the Browns only averaged eight points per game.

Hoyer has thrown for 590 yards and five touchdowns in Browns wins over Minnesota and Cincinnati. Hoyer was given the starting job after Weeden injured his thumb late in the game during Cleveland's Week 2 loss to Baltimore. 

CBS Sports Writer

John Breech has been at CBS Sports since July 2011 and currently spends most of his time writing about the NFL. He's believed to be one of only three people in the world who thinks that Andy Dalton will... Full Bio

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