|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|
FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB playoffs: Rays at Red Sox, 3:07 p.m. (TBS; WEEI-FM)
MLB playoffs: Pirates at Cardinals, 1:07 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB playoffs: Dodgers at Braves, 6:07 p.m. (TBS)
MLB playoffs: Tigers at Athletics, 9:37 p.m. (TBS)
AROUND THE WEB:
• 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?
|Ex-Pats QB Brian Hoyer to start again for Browns||09.25.13 at 2:03 pm ET|
After leading the lowly Browns to their first win of the season on Sunday, former Patriots quarterback Brian Hoyer will start again at home against the Bengals on Sunday.
Hoyer defeated the Vikings, 31-27, in his second career NFL start to move Cleveland to 1-2. Hoyer passed for 321 yards and three touchdowns with three interceptions.
However, Browns coach Rob Chudzinski did not commit to Hoyer as the team’s starter for future weeks.
“We’ll just approach it from a week-to-week basis and see where everybody’s at and we’ll make the best decision for what I determine gives us the best chance to win,” said Chudzinski.
Hoyer started in place of Brandon Weeden, who sat out with an injured thumb.
The six-year pro spent his first three seasons backing up Tom Brady in New England. He played in 13 total games, often coming in in blowouts. Hoyer signed with the Cardinals late last season and started in Arizona’s final game of the season, throwing for 225 yards and a touchdown along with an interception against the 49ers.
Hoyer reportedly heard from Brady after his first career start.
|Former Patriots quarterback Brian Hoyer to start for Browns||09.18.13 at 11:08 am ET|
Former Patriots backup quarterback Brian Hoyer will receive his second career regular-season start this week when the Browns take on the Vikings in Minnesota.
The Browns (0-2) picked Hoyer, a Cleveland native, over fellow backup Jason Campbell after starter Brandon Weeden sprained his thumb in the Browns’ 16-14 loss to the Ravens.
Hoyer, 27, served as backup to Tom Brady between 2009 and 2011. He played in 13 games for the Pats, all in relief, and accumulated 273 passing yards on 27-of-43 passing with a touchdown and an interception.
Hoyer played two games last season with the Cardinals. He replaced starter Ryan Lindley in the second half of Arizona’s Week 16 loss to the Bears. Hoyer went 11-for-19 with 105 yards and an interception in the team’s 28-13 loss.
In the season finale the following week, he became the fourth Cardinals quarterback to start a game in 2012. Hoyer played well in his first career start, a 27-13 loss to the 49ers. He completed 19-of-34 passes for 225 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
Sunday will be Hoyer’s first regular-season action of 2013. He started Week 4 of the preseason and threw for 307 yards and one touchdown, but he also had a pair of interceptions.
|Former Patriots QB Brian Hoyer, ex-Jets WR Plaxico Burress work out for Steelers||11.20.12 at 1:35 pm ET|
The Steelers, desperate for help at quarterback and wide receiver following a series of injuries, worked out ex-Giants and Jets receiver Plaxico Burress and former Patriots backup quarterback Brian Hoyer on Tuesday. Wide receiver Derrick Williams and quarterback Mike Kafka also attended the workout.
“We’re looking at these guys with the potential to sign at least one at each position,” coach Mike Tomlin said. “The men we will acquire will fortify our depth to win this football game” against the Browns on Sunday.
Byron Leftwich, who was filling in at quarterback for injured start Ben Roethlisberger, suffered two cracked ribs in Sunday night’s loss to the Ravens. Receiver Jerricho Cotchery sustained multiple rib fractures in the same game. And receiver Antonio Brown has missed the last two games with a high-ankle sprain and is not expected to play Sunday.
Roethlisberger, out with injuries to his shoulder and ribs, is not expected back soon, but Tomlin said he had additional tests Tuesday and, “We are encouraged with his status.”
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