BEREA — Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer, who went 3-0 as a starter this season, underwent reconstructive right knee surgery Friday at Cleveland Clinic. Team doctors Mark Schickendantz and Lutul Farrow performed the operation.
Hoyer is expected to be medically cleared for the start of training camp in late July, but should be able to throw passes early during the Browns’ OTAs.
“Just knowing Brian, from a rehab standpoint, I know he’s going to do everything he can to get ready,” Cleveland coach Rob Chudzinski said. “I’m looking forward to him getting back healthy, and we’ll see him in the spring.”
Hoyer suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament, but no additional damage to the knee, in the first quarter of Cleveland’s 37-24 home win over Buffalo on Oct. 3. He celebrated his 28th birthday Sunday.
On Wednesday, Hoyer and his wife Lauren became parents for the second time with the birth of daughter Cameron. They also have a son named Garrett.
“Thanks everyone for your thoughts and prayers,” Hoyer said on his Twitter account. “Surgery went great. Now, looking forward to getting back. Can’t wait to put that orange helmet on again.”
The North Olmsted native and Cleveland St. Ignatius High graduate posted an 82.6 passer rating and .594 completion percentage in three games. Hoyer threw five touchdowns and three interceptions after taking over the job from Brandon Weeden.
“He did a great job coming in and gave us a real spark,” Chudzinski said. “You saw improvement every game that he played, and he was able to make plays for us and really help us in that stretch to get us going.”
Though Weeden has assumed the starting spot since Hoyer was hurt, the Browns are expected to select a quarterback in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft.
With so much uncertainty surrounding the position, Chudzinski declined to speculate on Hoyer’s future with the franchise.
“Again, I think we’re talking a little further out,” Chudzinski said. “It’s always hard to say. He played two (full) games. You never know, but obviously, what he did during that time was very impressive.”
Truly great Britain
|Browns rookie linebacker Barkevious Mingo has a famous movie star as one of his fans.
English actor Daniel Radcliffe — best known for his portrayal of young wizard Harry Potter — named one of his fantasy football teams “Barkevious Mingo’s Mum.”
Radcliffe told the New York Times Magazine, “I just think Barkevious Mingo is the greatest name I’ve ever heard, and the fact that his mum invented that name is also amazing.
“I have the Cleveland defense as well, and they had an amazing game the other day against Buffalo, so I’m incredibly grateful for the Cleveland defense, Barkevious Mingo, and his mother.”
The 24-year-old Radcliffe is only 15 months older than Mingo, but “Keke” said he has followed his career for many years.
“I’m a Daniel Radcliffe fan. I grew up a Harry Potter fan. I still watch all the Harry Potter Christmas marathons when they’re on TV,” Mingo said.
“As soon as someone told me about this, I wanted to call my mom right away, but I keep forgetting to tell her when we’re on the phone. I know she’ll be as amused about it as I am.”
Though the sixth overall pick in the NFL Draft said he would love to meet Radcliffe, he has resisted the urge to contact him via Twitter or through their respective agents.
“That’s pretty cool what he did, so I’d be like, ‘What’s up Daniel?’ if I saw him,” Mingo said, pretending to shake hands with Radcliffe. “But I haven’t (direct messaged) him or anything because I don’t want to look like a groupie.”
|The Browns released running back Bobby Rainey, placed safety Josh Aubrey (ankle sprain) on season-ending injured reserve, and promoted wide receiver Tori Gurley and cornerback Julian Posey from their practice squad.
Rainey, who was claimed off waivers from the Ravens on Sept. 1, appeared in six games and gained 34 yards on 13 carries. He also had four receptions for 19 yards, but became expendable when Fozzy Whittaker was signed and moved past him on the depth chart.
Special teams coverage specialist Aubrey was hurt Thursday in practice when one of his legs was rolled up on by a teammate. He made his NFL debut on Sept. 8 after winning a roster spot as an undrafted rookie from Stephen F. Austin.
Gurley played in Cleveland’s first two games — making one catch for 15 yards — before spending the last month on the practice squad. At 6-foot-4 and 230 pounds, he gives Weeden another big target to throw to.
Ohio University product Posey, who appeared in two games with the Dolphins in 2012, has been on the Browns’ practice squad all season. The 5-foot-10, 190-pounder is the older brother of Texans wide receiver DeVier Posey.
Gurley will continue to wear No. 81, while Posey has been given No. 38.
|Browns defensive end Billy Winn (quadriceps) has been declared out for the Packers game, while linebacker Brandon Magee (oblique) is limited.
Running back Willis McGahee (knee), cornerback Chris Owens (finger) and linebacker Jabaal Sheard (knee) are probable.
Sheard has been sidelined since Sept. 22 at Minnesota, but watched Cleveland’s last three games from a suite on the club level.
“I felt like a fan up in the stands, but I was acting like a superfan the whole time, cheering for my guys,” the third-year pro said, chuckling. “You know, you can order any food you want in those suites, so it was all right.”
l Packers linebackers Clay Matthews III (thumb), Brad Jones (hamstring), and Nick Perry (foot) are all out, leaving A.J. Hawk as their only healthy starter at the position. Green Bay plays a 3-4 defense.
Running back James Starks (knee) and tight end Ryan Taylor (knee) also will not play.
Listed as questionable are wide receiver James Jones (knee), defensive end Mike Neal (shoulder) and cornerbacks Jarrett Bush (hamstring) and Casey Hayward (hamstring).
|Browns tackle Joe Thomas grew up rooting for the Green Bay Packers in Brookfield, Wis. On Sunday, the six-time Pro Bowl selection will play a regular season game at Lambeau Field for the first time in his seven-year NFL career.
“I think it’s a thrill for everybody in the locker room because it’s one of the most historic, legendary places to play in the NFL,” Thomas said. “So many great players that are in the Hall of Fame played there, and it’s the only stadium that’s kind of right in the middle of a community.
“It’s a special place for everyone, and it’s still special for me growing up a big fan.”
Thomas said quarterback Brett Favre and defensive end Reggie White were his favorite Packers players, but he never attended a home game because tickets were too “hard to come by.” He added that he hasn’t applied for a spot on Green Bay’s season-ticket waiting list yet.
“Growing up in Wisconsin my whole life — me and the wife — we’ve got a lot of people that are friends that have season tickets that go to the games anyway, but there will be a lot of people there for me,” Thomas said.
|Kevin Harlan and Solomon Wilcots will call the Browns/Packers game on CBS (WOIO-TV 19 locally). It will be shown on all of the network’s affiliates in Ohio, Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota, as well as in the city of Chicago.
The interconference matchup also will have national radio coverage on Compass Media Networks, including a simulcast on SiriusXM channel 807.
l Cleveland linebacker Quentin Groves was not fined by the NFL for his roughing the passer penalty on Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford in Week 6.
l Green Bay leads its all-time series with the Browns 10-7, but has split the two games at Lambeau Field.
Quote of the day
|“It’s going to be cold and there is a 15 percent chance of snow Sunday. That’s fine with me. If we’re going to play there, I’d rather have frigid weather to take in the whole Lambeau experience.” — Browns punter Spencer Lanning.|
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