Hoyer disappointed injury cut short his season

CLEVELAND – The play is still in Brian Hoyer’s mind four weeks since it happened.

Scanning the field for an open receiver in a Thursday night game against the Buffalo Bills, the Browns quarterback had no option other than to run. Taking off to his right he tried to gain as many yards as he could on what was a second-and-9 play.

After getting the first down and with defenders nearing, Hoyer decided to slide. It wasn’t pretty. Hoyer caught a cleat in the ground and fell awkwardly. At the same time he was hit by Bills linebacker Kiko Alonso.

Hoyer knew at the moment that something was seriously wrong. It was revealed the next day that he had torn the ACL in his right knee, ending the short thrill ride he took the Browns on after replacing an injured Brandon Weeden

“That’s the first time I’ve ever been on a field where I couldn’t get up on my own,” Hoyer said. “I knew something was up. There was no pop or anything like that. I just had a sensation where I tried to get up and I told myself to stay down and let them come over.”

Hoyer was on an emotional high before the injury. He provided a spark to the team and its fan base, performing well in consecutive wins over the Vikings and Bengals to even the record at 2-2. The Browns went on to win the Bills’ game with Weeden finishing up.

Not being able to finish off the season as the starter was difficult for Hoyer.

“It was an exciting time, which makes it so disappointing,” he said.

NO WAY: Offensive tackle Joe Thomas is adamant in contending he shouldn’t have been called for holding twice in the second half last Sunday.

“I disagree with them after I watched the film and still disagree with them,” Thomas said.

Thomas talked to an official after one of the calls.

“I think you have to be Peyton (Manning) to get the benefit of the doubt on calls,” Thomas said. “It’s not like the NBA where they don’t call any fouls on LeBron.”

GRANDPA JOE: Ravens coach John Harbaugh gave a shout out to 97-year-old grandpa Joe Cipiti, who lives in Bainbridge. Harbaugh and his brother, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, used to cut grass at grandpa’s nursery.

“He’s 97 and he said it’s hard work and red grapes,” John said.

PROUD PAPA: Hoyer and his wife Lauren greeted the arrival of daughter Cameron, who was born the same week of his surgery. The couple also have a son named Garrett.

“It was a busy week at my house,” Hoyer said. “We had a baby on Tuesday and surgery on Friday.”

INJURY REPORT: Linebacker Quentin Groves (ankle) and defensive lineman Billy Winn (quadricep) were limited. Running back Willis McGahee (knee), running back Chris Ogbonnaya (ribs), defensive back Chris Owens (finger) and linebacker Jabaal Sheard (wrist) were full participants.

Ravens offensive tackle Michael Oher (ankle) didn’t practice. Linebacker Josh Bynes (finger/thigh), guard Kelechi Osemel (back/knee) and receiver Brandon Stokley (thigh) were limited.