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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Browns’ Brian Hoyer, Bills’ EJ Manuel suffer knee injuries in Cleveland’s win

10.04.13 at 8:14 am ET

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‘€¢ Brian Hoyer‘s rise to prominence was swift, but his moment in the spotlight ended even quicker.

The former Patriots backup who led the Browns to consecutive wins after being handed the starting job a couple of weeks ago, injured his knee in Cleveland’s 37-24 victory over the Bills on Thursday night, and there is speculation that he’s done for the season.

Hoyer, a fifth-year player who started the season as the team’s No. 3 QB but was inserted after starter Brandon Weeden suffered a thumb injury in Week 2, injured his right knee when being hit from the side while sliding on a scramble in the first quarter. He stayed in the locker room until the end of the game but then left the stadium on crutches with his knee immobilized and is scheduled to have an MRI on Friday.

“He was playing great, man,” Weeden said of Hoyer. “You hate to see it because he’s a teammate and a friend. I tried to be as positive with him as I could.”

Added receiver Josh Gordon: “We definitely don’t want to see a teammate go down like that, especially a guy like Hoyer. He’s a great guy and I hope he comes back healthy.”

Bills rookie quarterback EJ Manuel also hurt his knee in the game, on a hit at the end of a 14-yard run. After trying to get the knee loose on the sideline by riding the exercise bike, he jogged to the locker room. He is expected to have an MRI on Friday.

‘€¢ Former Yankees outfielder Chad Curtis was sentenced to 7-15 years in jail for sexually assaulting teenage girls when he was working as a substitute teacher and volunteer weight room coach at a high school in Michigan.

Curtis, who was accused of inappropriately touching three teens, was called a “predator” by Barry County Circuit Judge Amy McDowell, who added: “You certainly are a threat to any community you get into.”

The 44-year-old Curtis, who was found guilty of six counts of criminal sexual conduct on Aug. 16, continues to maintain his innocence, insisting that the girls lied.

Curtis won World Series titles with the Yankees in 1998 and ’99. He also played for the Angels, Tigers, Dodgers, Indians and Rangers as part of his 10-year major league career that ended in 2001.

‘€¢ Avalanche coach Patrick Roy was fined $10,000 by the NHL for his tirade at the end of Wednesday’s victory over the Ducks, when he started screaming at Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau before trying to push over the partition separating the benches.

Boudreau said Roy, a Hall of Fame goalie known for his fiery personality, was yelling at Ducks players and behaving in a “classless” manner before the coaches had their confrontation.

After Thursday’s practice, Roy responded as one would expect him to — by refusing to back down.

“What Boudreau said was all lies,” Roy insisted, despite video evidence of him swearing repeatedly at Anaheim forward Corey Perry. “I don’t talk to players, I respect all the players. I’m certainly not going to get too involved in this one, but when you talk about classless — when you’re lying, this is classless.”

Added Roy: “This is the league policy and I understand it now, but at the same time I will always defend my players. Things happen. This is the way I dealt with this one. Would I deal with it differently next time? Maybe, maybe not. I don’t know.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Oct. 4, 1967, the Red Sox opened the World Series with a 2-1 loss to the Cardinals. Who started on the mound for the Sox and homered off Bob Gibson for Boston’s only run?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Last year was a good year, not a great year. It’s in the past. But I thought everybody fit in well tonight.” — Bruins forward Chris Kelly, after Thursday’s season-opening 3-1 victory over the Lightning

STAT OF THE DAY: 7 — Runs the Cardinals scored in the third inning of their 9-1 rout of the Pirates on Thursday in the opening game of their National League Division Series in St. Louis

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Marie Klein, a cheerleader from Walsh Jesuit High School in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, performs 40 consecutive back handsprings (which, apparently, is some kind of record).

Sprinter/bobsledder Lolo Jones analyzes her Vine videos in this “director’s commentary.”

TRIVIA ANSWER: Jose Santiago

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Jon Secada was born on this day in 1962.

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