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NFL notebook: Browns QB Hoyer lost for season with torn ACL

| Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, 8:03 p.m.

Brian Hoyer, the hometown quarterback who sparked his Browns to two straight wins, will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL in his right knee suffered during Thursday night's victory over the Bills.

Hoyer began the year as Cleveland's No. 3 quarterback. With Brandon Weeden out with a sprained thumb, Hoyer led the Browns (3-2) to victories over Minnesota and Cincinnati.

With Hoyer out, Weeden has his starting job back.

“This is disappointing,” Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said. “It's an unfortunate thing.”

• Buffalo rookie quarterback E.J. Manuel will miss “a few weeks” after suffering a sprained ligament in his right knee in Thursday's 37-24 loss in Cleveland. Rookie Jeff Tuel finished the game, completing 8 of 20 passes for 80 yards and an interception. Marrone said the Bills will look into acquiring another quarterback and did not rule out the possibility of that player starting Buffalo's next game Oct. 13 at Cincinnati. Also, receiver Stevie Johnson has a strained back muscle that is not expected to keep him out of action.

• The Panthers agreed to trade three-time Pro Bowl linebacker Jon Beason to the Giants. The Panthers will receive a late-round draft pick in 2014.

• The Patriots will be without running back Stevan Ridley (knee) for their game on Sunday against the Bengals in Cincinnati.

• Raiders running back Darren McFadden (hamstring) is all but certain to miss Sunday night's game against San Diego. Rashad Jennings, who filled in when McFadden got hurt against Washington, will start if McFadden is out.

• Texans inside linebacker Brian Cushing, who sustained a concussion during last week's game against the Seahawks, is cleared to play Sunday against the 49ers.

• Thousands of retired NFL players opted out of a $50 million class-action settlement in a case that accused the league of using their names and images without their consent. Supporters of the settlement noted more than 25,000 players chose to participate. Meanwhile, 2,140 players asked to be excluded. The settlement, reached in April, calls for the NFL to pay $42 million toward a trust to help retired players with issues like medical expenses.

• An injury-ravaged Giants offensive line has lost all-pro right guard Chris Snee (torn labrum) for the remainder of the season.

• The Jets claimed tight end Zach Sudfeld off waivers from the Patriots.

• The Bills released punter Shawn Powell a day after he struggled in 37-24 loss to the Browns.

• The Chiefs will be without rookie right tackle Eric Fisher, the No. 1 overall draft pick, because of a concussion when they visit the Titans on Sunday. Pro Bowl running backJamaal Charles is listed as probable after missing practice early in the week with blisters on his feet

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