Last year when Alex Smith was injured and held out of the game his replacement came in and performed so well that he never got the job back. His replacement Colin Kaepernick led them to the Super Bowl and the 49ers traded Smith this past offseason to the Kansas City Chiefs.
Last week Brian Hoyer replaced an injured Brandon Weeden at quarterback for the Cleveland Browns and led them to their first win of the season and might have laid claim to the starting job.
“Don’t get hurt,” Weeden said, per the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “I don’t know how else to put it. Injuries suck. They happen. Things happen for a reason and we’ll see how it plays out.”
Weeden is out for this Sunday’s game and there is no guarantee he gets it back when he is healthy.
“You know, at this point where we’re at, that’s out of my control,” he said. “My focus is making sure this thumb continues to make the steps that allow me to get back and be 100 percent.”
If the Browns beat the Cincinnati Bengals this weekend with Brian Hoyer at quarterback, you can probably bank on him not getting the job back.