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Oct 4 (The Sports Xchange) - Brian Hoyer's short-lived run as the Cleveland Browns' starting quarterback for this season came to an end with coach Rob Chudzinski announcing Friday that Hoyer will miss the remainder of the year with a torn ACL in his right knee suffered during Thursday night's victory over the Buffalo Bills.

Hoyer, who took over the starting job when Brandon Weeden was sidelined with a sprained thumb and led the Browns to their first two victories of the season, was injured on a tackle by Bills rookie linebacker Kiko Alonso at the end of a scramble Thursday night.

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Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel avoided a major injury to his right knee when an MRI revealed a sprained lateral collateral ligament. Coach Doug Marrone said Manuel will miss a few weeks, but will not require surgery.

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The Bills released punter Shawn Powell a day after the Browns' Travis Benjamin set a single-game franchise record with 179 return yards.

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New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is unlikely to play this Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals, according to multiple reports.

Gronkowski has not played this season because he is recovering from multiple back and forearm surgeries. However, he has practiced on a limited basis for several weeks.

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The New York Giants acquired three-time Pro Bowl linebacker Jon Beason from the Carolina Panthers on Friday.

Beason will replace guard Chris Snee on the active roster. Snee was placed on injured reserve and will likely have season-ending hip surgery.

The Panthers will reportedly receive a late-round draft pick as compensation.

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The Indianapolis Colts announced that running back Ahmad Bradshaw is out at least two weeks. He is considering season-ending neck surgery, though the severity of his injury remains unclear.

Bradshaw has been out since he was injury Sept. 22 at San Francisco.

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The Colts signed safety Larry Asante, who rejoins the Colts after the team waived him at the end of the preseason. He replaces Joe Lefeged, who was released Thursday night. (Editing by Julian Linden)

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