Reporting Daryl Ruiter
CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – Both starting quarterbacks sustained knee injuries Thursday night in the Cleveland Browns 37-24 win over the Buffalo Bills.
Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer sustained a right knee injury early in the first quarter and Buffalo starter E.J. Manuel also suffered a right knee injury in the third quarter.
Hoyer, who left the stadium on crutches and wearing a brace, will undergo an MRI Friday.
Head coach Rob Chudzinski, who told NFL Network that he fears the worst, didn’t want to speculate after the game.
“I don’t want to be too premature,” Chudzinski said. “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 [Friday] and see what the status of that is.”
Hoyer departed with 11:33 to play in the first quarter following an 11-yard scramble. He slid feet first after picking up the first down but his right leg bent awkwardly as Bills rookie linebacker Kiko Alonso came in for the tackle.
Hoyer was helped to the sideline by trainers before walking gingerly to the locker room under his own power.
Brandon Weeden took over for Hoyer, who won his first 2 starts since replacing Weeden.
“It was basically, ‘here we go,’” Weeden said. “I got a chance. Once I saw what happened to Brian [Hoyer], it happened right in front of me. This football team has relied on me. Whether or not I’ve been in there the past couple weeks, this team has relied on me. The guys around me played really good today.”
Manuel went down at the 8:24 mark in the third quarter when Browns safety Tashaun Gipson hit him in the legs to bring him down after a 14-yard scramble to the 11.
Manuel, who was 11 of 20 for 129 yards, tried to get loose on the sideline before he went to the locker room with trainers.
“I saw him working out on the sideline (and) thought we probably could get him back and then they shut him down and said, ‘Hey, listen. We’re not going to put him back in there,’” Bills coach Doug Marrone said. We’re going to take a good look at it when we get back to Buffalo.”
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