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Browns lose quarterback Hoyer to season-ending knee injury

Quarterback Brian Hoyer of the Cleveland Browns looks for a pass at FirstEnergy Stadium on September 29, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio
Quarterback Brian Hoyer of the Cleveland Browns looks for a pass at FirstEnergy Stadium on September 29, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio

Brian Hoyer, the quarterback who has sparked the Cleveland Browns to their best NFL start in 12 years, will miss the remainder of the season with torn right knee ligaments.

Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said Friday that Hoyer will need surgery to repair the knee, injured during a run in the first quarter of Thursday's triumph over Buffalo, which improved Cleveland to 3-2 this season.

Hoyer, who once had been third on the team depth chart, was struck from behind by Bills linebacker Kiko Alonso and fell awkwardly.

Hoyer had helped spark the Browns to victories over Minnesota and Cincinnati since replacing Brandon Weeden, who entered to help Cleveland win a third game in a row.

In three games, Hoyer completed 57-of-96 passes for 615 yards and five touchdowns with three interceptions.

The Browns lead the AFC Central division but could be matched this weekend by Cincinnati or Baltimore, both 2-2. Baltimore will visit Miami (3-1) while the Bengals entertain unbeaten New England (4-0).

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