September 20, 2014

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Browns QB Brian Hoyer has reconstructive knee surgery, team hoping for return in spring

Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer is treated on the sidelines after an injury to his right knee on Oct. 3. (AP Photo/David Richard)

Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer is treated on the sidelines after an injury to his right knee on Oct. 3. (AP Photo/David Richard)

BEREA — Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer, who went 3-0 as a starter this season, underwent reconstructive right knee surgery today at Cleveland Clinic. Team doctors Mark Schickendantz and Lutul Farrow performed the operation.

“Just knowing Brian, from a rehab standpoint, I know he’s going to do everything he can to get ready,” coach Rob Chudzinski said. “I’m looking forward to him getting back healthy, and we’ll see him in the spring (for OTAs).”

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.

The North Olmsted native and Cleveland St. Ignatius High graduate posted an 82.6 passer rating and .594 completion percentage with five touchdowns and three interceptions in three games.

“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.”

The Browns are expected to select a quarterback in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft, so the coach didn’t want to speculate on Hoyer’s odds of regaining the starting job when he recovers.

“Again, I think we’re talking a little further out,” Chudzinski said.