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Browns name Hoyer starter for Thursday's game

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BEREA, Ohio -- Brian Hoyer is establishing himself as the undisputed starting quarterback for the Cleveland Browns after winning back to back starts against the Vikings and Bengals.

Brandon Weeden, the starter the first two games, lost his job because of a sprained thumb. He is throwing the ball again, and although Browns coach Rob Chudzinski has consistently said he will evaluate his quarterbacks and all positions week to week, it will be difficult going back to Weeden as long as Hoyer keeps winning.

Chudzinski said Monday that Hoyer is the starter.

"He's doing his job and that's where all that starts," Chudzinski said. "That's where you get the credibility to be able to do that. He's a fiery guy. I think our whole team was that way about that game yesterday. The fans were awesome. It was loud. Guys were really excited about that and playing in front of them. Brian typified that."

Hoyer grew up in the Cleveland suburb of North Olmsted and went to Cleveland St. Ignatius High School. He had the pressure Sunday of playing in front of his hometown fans and responded with two touchdown passes in a 17-6 victory over the Bengals. He had a 103.9 passer rating.

That hometown pressure will be amped up Thursday night when the Browns play host to the Buffalo Bills in their only primetime game in 2013.

"It's awesome," Hoyer said. "We've talked about it a million times. It's cool to play in front of the hometown crowd in this in this stadium somewhere I grew up 15 minutes from

"It's cool to be in your hometown, but when you get out there so much is running through your mind that that's your last thought. A game's a game as far as that's concerned. I don't look at it any other way. If you do, you can get caught up in the hype."

--TE Jordan Cameron leads the Browns with 30 catches, 360 receiving yards and five touchdown catches. All three categories are already career bests for the third-year tight end from USC.

No tight end in Browns history has had 30 catches after four games. Ozzie Newsome had 23 catches in 1091 and Kellen Winslow Jr. had 22 in 2006.

--LB Jabaal Sheard is still bothered by a knee injury. He did not play against the Bengals.

--G Shawn Lauvao missed his fourth straight game with an ankle injury, his eighth including the preseason.

--RB Willis McGahee rushed for 46 yards on 15 carries vs. the Bengals after rushing for nine yards on eight carries last week.

--K Billy Cundiff kicked a 51-yard field goal and now has two 51-yarders this season. He was 1-for-13 from 50 yards and beyond from 2009-12.
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