Brian Hoyer’s ACL injury may not be as bad as initially feared, and the Cleveland Browns quarterback could return by the start of the 2014 offseason, according to Jason Cheap Kyrie Irving Jerseys La Canfora of CBS Sports. Hoyer’s projected timetable for return is five months, putting him back in practice by next April.
Browns fan Pillowhands at Dawgs By Nature points out that Josh Gordon’s last full “season” of games puts the wideout in elite company.
Hoyer suffered a torn ACL in Week 5 against the Buffalo Bills, and was ruled out for the season when it was deemed he would need surgery. Hoyer reportedly underwent a successful procedure Friday, then La Canfora revealed that Hoyer did not suffer a complete tear, giving Hoyer a better outlook than he might have had otherwise.
Hoyer’s early-season exit came as a major disappointment to the Browns. He took over as the team’s starting quarterback in Week 3 after Brandon Weeden suffered a thumb injury, and then threw five touchdown passes over two straight victories to seemingly win the starting job outright. Hoyer was one of the more encouraging stories of the young NFL season, until he took an awkward hit from Bills rookie Cheap La Kings Jerseys linebacker Kiko Alonso on a Thursday night.
Weeden was able to lead the Browns to victory after finishing out the game against the Bills under center, but he fell to 0-3 as a starter this season after going 26-for-43 passing for 292 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in a 31-17 loss to the Detroit Lions last week.
Should New England win again over the Jets, it will have a three-game lead over Gang Green with the tiebreaker in hand. As usual, the division runs through the Patriots, a division won by New England every season except one since 2003.
New York is one of the more surprising teams in the NFL. At 3-3, the Jets are hanging in the playoff race, only a half-game out of the sixth and final seed for the AFC postseason. Head coach Rex Ryan was one of the coaches whose seat was hottest coming into the campaign, but has quieted the doubters for now.