Just when Brian Hoyer had settled in to his role as the Browns full-time starting quarterback, an injury knocked him out of Thursday night's 37-24 victory against the Buffalo Bills, and forced Brandon Weeden back into action.
Hoyer's knee was sprained during the Browns second drive of the game, when he went down awkwardly and was hit during a feet-first slide by Bills linebacker Kiko Alonso. He did not return to Thursday nights game, and will have a MRI on Friday.
Head Coach Rob Chudzinski is hopeful. "I don't want to be too premature. Let's find out what the status is and see what the MRI says. Obviously any time you lose a guy and he has to go out of the game, a guy that has done what he has done, it's disappointing. Let's wait until tomorrow and see what the status of that is," he said.
Hoyer, a hometown hero who played for local powerhouse St. Ignatius in high school, had quickly become a fan favorite, winning his first two games as the Browns' starting quarterback.
The Browns have won three in a row and are in first place in the AFC North.