BEREA – Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer participated in drills six months after surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament, as rookie coach Mike Pettine opened his first minicamp this morning.
Hoyer, wearing a large brace on the right knee, threw to receivers Josh Gordon, Nate Burleson, Andrew Hawkins and Greg Little and looked good moving around.
Hoyer took turns with veteran quarterbacks Vince Young and Tyler Thigpen, who are in camp on a tryout basis, and Alex Tanney, who’s under contract but has never taken an NFL snap.
Hoyer was one of several players practicing after finishing last season on injured reserve. Outside linebacker Quentin Groves (ankle), running back Dion Lewis (broken leg), offensive lineman Chris Faulk (knee) and safety Josh Aubrey (ankle) also participated.
Working on the side were receivers Travis Benjamin (ACL) and Charles Johnson (ACL), linebackers Tank Carder and Brandon Magee (pectoral) and defensive back Brandon Hughes.
Defensive lineman Desmond Bryant was the only player not seen during the first 30 minutes of stretching and individual drills open to reporters. A team spokesman said Bryant was in the building Monday and reported attendance for the three-day voluntary minicamp at 100 percent.
Pettine will address reporters following practice.