The Cleveland Browns fear was confirmed on Friday morning when head coach Rob Chudzinski announced an MRI had detected starting quarterback Brian Hoyer has suffered a torn ACL in his right knee.
Hoyer was injured in the first quarter of the team’s Thursday Night Football match up against the Buffalo Bills when he chose to stay in-bounds during a scramble to pick up the first down. Hoyer decided to slide when a Bills defender was approaching, but he it was an awkward moment as he was hit and his right leg was tangled underneath.
If there is any good news to come from the injury, it is that the torn ACL is the only structural damage that Hoyer suffered.
It is hard to look at a torn ACL as good news, but Hoyer could have been in much more trouble if there was more damage done. He will still undergo season-ending surgery, which is disappointing after the success he was having in his two starts, but he should be healthy enough to give it a go next season.
In the meantime, Brandon Weeden will once again take over starting duties for the AFC North leading Browns.