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Browns lose Brian Hoyer to first-quarter knee injury

Brian Hoyer left the field early in the first quarter. (David Richard/AP) Hometown Cleveland player Brian Hoyer left the field early in the first quarter. (David Richard/AP)

The Cleveland Browns had their quarterback of the future ... and then, they didn't.

With 11:32 left in the first quarter of the Browns' Thursday night game against the Buffalo Bills, quarterback Brian Hoyer ran to his right on second-and-9 from his own 36-yard line to try and keep the play going until his receivers were open. At the end of the play, he hustled upfield, only to be run over by Bills rookie linebacker Kiko Alonso at the Cleveland 47-yard line. Hoyer had both of his legs caught up underneath him, and he had to be helped from the field. He left for the locker room with what was called a knee injury. At the beginning of the second half, it was announced that Hoyer would not return.

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2012 first-round pick Brandon Weeden came in the game and was immediately booed lustily by the home crowd with every incompletion. However, Weeden did lead a long second-quarter scoring drive that ended with Willis McGahee's one-yard touchdown run with 3:52 left in the first half. The Browns led 17-10 at the half on that score and Travis Benjamin's 79-yard punt return touchdown.

Hoyer replaced Weeden as the Browns' starter after Weeden was sidelined with a sprained thumb in September. In two games as a starter -- wins over the Minnesota Vikings and Cincinnati Bengals -- Hoyer completed 55 of 92 passes for 590 yards, five touchdowns, and three interceptions.

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