Just as unexpectedly as the Cleveland Browns found a No. 1 quarterback, they have lost him.
Brian Hoyer, who went from nowhere and No. 3 on the depth chart, to home-town hero and the starting role, won’t handle another snap this season.
Hoyer, who led the Browns to electrifying wins over the Vikings and Bengals, faces surgery after snapping the ACL in his right knee Thursday. The injury occurred just 3:57 into the game against Buffalo when linebacker Kiko Alonso hit him as he was going into a slide after an 11-yard run.
“I talked to Brian,” coach Rob Chudzinski said. “Obviously he is disappointed. But if you know him, and you guys have been around him a little bit to know how positive he is and what type of person he is, he’s already thinking about when he is going to be back.”