Pettine: “We felt starting Brian Hoyer gives us the best opportunity to win Sunday”

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — Brian Hoyer will remain the starting quarterback in Sunday’s game against the Colts.

Pettine released the following statement via email Wednesday:

“After thorough evaluation and talking to the staff, we feel Brian gives us the best opportunity to win on Sunday. This is a football decision and those are always going to be based on what we think is best for our team. Brian has led our team to a 7-5 record. I’m confident that we can get the entire offense playing at the level needed to accomplish the goals we set at the beginning of the season. Those goals are still very much attainable.”

There had been talk of Johnny Manziel making first career NFL start as quarterback on Sunday.

The Browns are 7-5 after losing on Sunday to Buffalo 26-10.

“We’re confident he can go out there and lead us to a a win,” Pettine said about starting Hoyer in Sunday’s game. “I’m not going to put anymore pressure on the situation than there is.”

Cleveland is still alive in the playoff hunt and with four games to play the Browns sit just 1.5 games out from the top spot in the AFC North.

“At the end of the day we all agreed this was the way to go,” Pettine said about the staff decision to choose Hoyer.

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