NFL: Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer out for season with torn ACL

Last Updated: 08/10/13 11:04am

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Brian Hoyer: Suffered torn knee ligament against Buffalo

Brian Hoyer: Suffered torn knee ligament against Buffalo

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Cleveland quarterback Brian Hoyer has been ruled out of the rest of the NFL season after suffering a serious knee injury.

Hoyer limped out of Thursday night's victory over Buffalo in the first quarter after his knee was injured in a collision with Bills linebacker Kiko Alonso.

The Browns star was sliding at the end of an 11-yard run when he was hit by the rookie, and subsequent scans have revealed he has torn his anterior cruciate ligament which will require surgery.

Hoyer began the season as the third-choice quarterback, but he was promoted to the starting line-up ahead of the struggling Brandon Weeden.

The move paid handsome dividends as Hoyer led the Browns to consecutive wins over Minnesota and Cincinnati before he came to grief against Buffalo.

Weeden replaced Hoyer against the Bills and completed 13 of 24 passes for 197 yards and one 37-yard touchdown to Josh Gordon.

The win lifted Cleveland into the outright lead in the AFC North ahead of defending Super Bowl champions Baltimore and Cincinnati.

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