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Browns notes: QB Brian Hoyer’s ACL surgery goes as expected, RB Willis McGahee returns to practice

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 18, 2013

Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer underwent successful surgery this morning at the Cleveland Clinic to repair the torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, a team spokesman said.

No other ligament damage was discovered, and the procedure went as expected, the spokesman said. Team doctors Lutul Farrow and Mark Schickendantz performed the surgery. Hoyer is expected to make a full recovery.

Hoyer, a North Olmsted native and St. Ignatius High School graduate, suffered the season-ending injury Oct. 3 during the first quarter of a 37-24 win over the Buffalo Bills when he slid awkwardly and hyper-extended his right knee as rookie linebacker Kiko Alonso hit him the helmet at the end of an 11-yard gain.

Hoyer, 28, led the Browns to back-to-back victories in the previous two games after quarterback Brandon Weeden suffered a sprained thumb Sept. 15 against the Baltimore Ravens.

Hoyer signed a two-year contract reportedly worth $1.965 million in May.

“We’re hoping that [Hoyer] would be back during the spring [for] OTAs [organized team activities] and all of those things,” Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said last week.

Injury updates

Starting running back Willis McGahee returned to practice today after resting his knees Thursday, a sign he’ll be ready to play Sunday when the Browns (3-3) visit the Green Bay Packers (3-2).

Undrafted rookie safety Josh Aubrey did not practice today. He surfaced on the injury report Thursday with and injured knee and ankle.

Backup defensive end Billy Winn (quadriceps) continued to sit out practice.

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