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Browns QB Hoyer tears ACL; Weeden regains job

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BEREA, Ohio -- Injury has forced Cleveland Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski to make another quarterback change, and this could be a long one provided Brandon Weeden can stay healthy this time.

Brian Hoyer, who started two games and won both while Weeden was on the sideline with a sprained thumb, did not make it out of the first quarter Thursday night. He suffered a torn right ACL on an 11-yard run on the second series of the Browns' 37-24 victory over the Buffalo Bills. On Friday, Chudzinski confirmed Hoyer will miss the rest of the season and undergo surgery.

"(Hoyer) did a great job stepping in and really showing what he could do with his opportunity," Chudzinski said. "He was huge for us. He was a big reason we won those couple games, but not the only reason."

Weeden replaced Hoyer with the Browns trailing, 7-0. He completed 13 of 24 passes for 197 yards and a touchdown. He was sacked five times, which is an issue the Browns will have to clean up.

The Browns have won three straight. The streak coincided with Josh Gordon returning from a two-game suspension. He caught a touchdown pass from Hoyer in the 31-27 victory over the Vikings and another one from Weeden on Thursday.

"It takes time to get in a rhythm," Weeden said. "The same guys are playing. Obviously (tight end) Jordan (Cameron) is having a big year. Getting Josh back is good for this offense.

"Our offensive line is playing really well. It's just everybody's getting better. You expect it. That's what you want. If it's going the other way, you'd be a little bit discouraged, but it's encouraging that we're moving forward. We're playing better all-around."

Gordon has 18 catches for 303 yards and two touchdowns in just three games.

--DE Desmond Bryant was fine a day after being taken to Cleveland Clinic with shortness of breath, according to Chudzinski.

--RB Chris Ogbonnaya has a concussion and will need to pass the league's protocol before returning.

--TE Jordan Cameron caught three passes against the Bills and now has 33 catches for the season. That is the most for any player in Browns history at any position after five games of a season.
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