CLEVELAND – Brian Hoyer’s story, seemingly pulled from a Disney movie script, took a cruel turn.
The Cleveland quarterback’s season is over.
A lifelong Browns fan living out his boyhood dream by starting for his hometown team, Hoyer tore a knee ligament while running for a first down Thursday night against Buffalo and will miss the remainder of this season.
It’s a devastating blow for Hoyer, who led the Browns to wins over Minnesota and Cincinnati while replacing an injured Brandon Weeden.
This is disappointing, Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said Friday on a conference call. It’s an unfortunate thing.
Chudzinski said an MRI taken Friday showed Hoyer tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. He will undergo surgery, ending his feel-good story after just three starts and with the Browns (3-2) rolling. Chudzinski said there is no other damage in Hoyer’s knee, which got caught in the turf at FirstEnergy as he slid and was hit by Bills rookie linebacker Kiko Alonso.
Tennessee safety Michael Griffin, and New York Jets defensive players Muhammad Wilkerson and Quinton Coples were fined for plays during Sunday’s game at Nashville.
Griffin was fined $21,000 for a hit on Jets receiver Stephen Hill that gave Hill a concussion.
Wilkerson got a $15,750 fine for roughing the passer for a hit that injured Titans quarterback Jake Locker. Coples was docked $7,875 for a late hit on Locker on the play. They are appealing, as is Griffin.
Also, Buffalo safety Jim Leonhard was fined $15,750 for unnecessary roughness for striking a defenseless player in the head and neck area in a game against Baltimore.
Arizona safety Yeremiah Bell was fined $15,750 for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Tampa Bay TE Tim Wright, and Cardinals DT Darnell Dockett was docked the same amount for a horse-collar tackle on RB Doug Martin.
Around the league
Buffalo rookie quarterback E.J. Manuel suffered a sprained lateral collateral ligament in his right knee that will not require surgery but will sideline him at least two weeks and potentially longer, coach Doug Marrone said. Manuel was injured in Thursday’s game against Cleveland. Also, the Bills released punter Shawn Powell.
The New York Jets claimed tight end Zach Sudfeld off waivers from New England. Sudfeld, a rookie free agent, was waived by the Patriots on Thursday.
The New York Giants acquired three-time Pro Bowl linebacker Jon Beason from Carolina in exchange for a late-round draft pick in 2014. The Giants also placed veteran guard Chris Snee on injured reserve and is out for the rest of the season because of an injured hip.
Thousands of retired players opted out of a $50 million class-action settlement in a case that accused the league of using their names and images without their consent. In papers filed in Minneapolis, supporters of the settlement noted that more than 25,000 players – or more than 90 percent of the settlement class – chose to participate. Meanwhile, 2,140 players – less than 8 percent – asked to be excluded.