The Cleveland Browns worst fears have come to fruition, as it has been announced that Brian Hoyer has completely torn his ACL after the initial diagnosis stated that Hoyer had only partially torn his ACL. The Elyria Chronicle-Telegram’s Scott Petrak reports that Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski stated that Brian Hoyer completely tore his ACL. Not only that, but Hoyer suffered a clean tear with “no other damage”, and there is no question that the veteran signal-caller’s 2013 season is done following this injury. The second opinion on his injury certainly revealed a more bleak diagnosis than the initial finding, and this is just brutal news for the Cleveland Browns.
Hoyer’s injury means that Brandon Weeden will start for the remainder of the season, unless if he struggles so much that the Browns are left with no other choice but to start Jason Campbell. As we saw last night, there is a clear drop-off between Hoyer and Weeden, and Weeden clearly doesn’t look like a legitimate NFL quarterback. Not only is Brian Hoyer more accurate than Weeden, but he is also a much better decision-maker. Weeden holds onto the ball far too long, and he’s just worse than Hoyer in essentially every facet of the game.
This is a crushing blow for the Browns this season, and it’s going to have a major effect on this entire team. It also saps out a feel-good story, as the Cleveland native’s dream was to start for the Browns. He achieved his dream and won two games (he was excellent in the upset against the Cincinnati Bengals, can’t say enough about that), but the ride will likely end here for him as the Browns starter as the team looks to find a franchise QB next offseason.