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Browns QB Out for Season

Cleveland — Brian Hoyer, the hometown quarterback who sparked his Cleveland Browns to two straight wins, will miss the rest of the season with a torn right knee ligament.

Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said an MRI taken Friday showed that Hoyer tore the anterior cruciate ligament. He will undergo surgery, ending his feel-good story after just three starts.

Hoyer began the year as Cleveland’s No. 3 quarterback. With Brandon Weeden out with a sprained thumb, Hoyer made just his second NFL start in Week 3 and led the Browns (3-2) to victories over Minnesota and Cincinnati, throwing winning touchdown passes in the fourth quarter of both wins.

Hoyer was injured at the end of a scramble in the first quarter of Thursday night’s 37-24 win over Buffalo.

Bills QB Hurt

Orchard Park, n.y. — Buffalo rookie quarterback E.J. Manuel will miss “a few weeks” with a sprained ligament in his right knee.

The injury will not require surgery, Bills coach Doug Marrone said Friday, a day after a 37-24 loss in Cleveland.

Manuel was injured in the third quarter Thursday night, when he was hit by Browns safety Tashaun Gipson at the end of a 14-yard run. Jeff Tuel, another rookie, replaced Manuel but was ineffective, completing 8 of 20 passes for 80 yards.

Jets Claim TE Sudfeld

Florham Park, n.j. — The New York Jets claimed tight end Zach Sudfeld off waivers from the New England Patriots.

Sudfeld, a rookie free agent, was waived by the Patriots on Thursday after he struggled during the regular season following an impressive preseason that included eight catches for 101 yards and a touchdown.

McFadden Doubtful for Raiders

Alameda, Calif. — Darren McFadden missed a third straight day of practice because of a hamstring injury, making it all but certain the Oakland Raiders will be without their top running back for Sunday night’s game against San Diego.

McFadden has been sidelined since getting hurt early in the first half of Oakland’s 24-14 loss to the Washington Redskins on Sept. 29. He is listed as doubtful on the team’s injury report.