BEREA, Ohio- The Cleveland Browns 31-10 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday came with a price tag.
The Browns announced that Center Alex Mack suffered a broken leg and will have surgery in the coming days. The team said they will give a timetable on his return following surgery.
Defensive End Armonty Bryant will also have surgery for multiple knee ligament damage suffered Sunday against the Steelers; he is out for the season.
John Greco filled in for Alex Mack as center when he went down in the second quarter with the leg injury. Paul McQuistan filled in for Greco at the guard position. On Monday, Greco said he is coming to practice on Wednesday expecting to be the starting center, but will be comfortable wherever the team decides to play him.
“Assignment-wise we can play any position on the offensive line,” Greco said Monday. “I’m not saying I can go out there and lock down pass rushing specialists but I’d be able to play tackle assignment wise so that was my thing getting in there, getting everyone lined up and getting the ball to Brian (Hoyer) so he could do his thing.”
“It’s going to be tough to replace him (Mack.) It’s going to take all the guys on the line to step it up and play that much better. He’s great at what he does, probably the best in the league,” said running back Ben Tate. “It’s going to be tough for John to step in and do what he did but if everyone raises their level up there then we’ll be fine.”
Offensively, the Browns have been fine; in fact, they even scored a touchdown on the drive that Mack was injured on with Greco and McQuistan in the line-up. One reason for that is the play of quarterback Brian Hoyer who, for the season, has 7 touchdowns, 1 interception and a 99.5 QB rating for the year. Hoyer is 6-2 as the Browns starting quarterback and 4-1 at home. The hometown kid is in the final year of a two-year contract that was signed in May of 2013. There was a national report on Monday that stated Hoyer would not re-sign with the Browns if Johnny Manziel was on the roster. Hoyer did his best to sidestep questions about the his contract following Sunday’s win over the Steelers.
“I don’t think I need to say any more than I’m from Cleveland,” Hoyer said. “This is where I want to be but I’m also a competitor so I want to be somewhere I’m playing.” If he continues to play like he is right now, the contract situation won’t be an issue and he’ll find his home right here in Cleveland.
Hoyer and the Browns travel to Jacksonville on Sunday to play the winless Jaguars. Kick-off is at 1:00. The Browns next three opponents are a combined 1-16.
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