Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer had his ACL surgery today at the Cleveland Clinic, which was of course deemed successful. Hoyer is expected to make a full recovery. He was only able to play two full games and start a third before he tore his ACL and a terrible slide against the Buffalo Bills. Nevertheless, Hoyer could figure in to the quarterback position next year with the Browns, potentially as a starter.
It is difficult to imagine the Browns will not draft a quarterback in addition to having Hoyer, but it is likely that if Hoyer is able to recover in time, he will figure into the competition for a starting job. It is also possible that if the Browns were to draft someone they are not confident is ready to start the season of they want to sit them initially, they could have Hoyer go in and start the season and see how he does before making a move to the rookie at some point.
After being let go the Arizona Cardinals, Browns general manager Mike Lombardi brought in the quarterback he had admired for a long time while out of the game. Hoyer was initially the third string quarterback, but got his opportunity to play when Brandon Weeden sprained his thumb in week two. He was able to make some plays and combined with some great defense, led the Browns to back to back victories the weeks right after the Trent Richardson trade.
The good news for the Browns is with Hoyer, they could have a setup with two quarterbacks who can be solid if needed between Hoyer and whomever the Browns draft. The bad news is that there will be a part of the fan base that will build up Hoyer’s solid play into something it is not and be on the rookie quarterback over every incompletion thrown.