Brian Hoyer shocked by struggles, Brett Favre returns to Green Bay and other NFL news
Elsewhere, the Bills released receiver Mike Williams.
Much of talk leading up to the NFL action on Sunday centered around whether the Cleveland Browns would continue with Brian Hoyer at quarterback or make the switch to first-round pick Johnny Manziel. Hoyer, once believed to have a future in Cleveland, played poorly recently, opening the door for head coach Mike Pettine to make the switch. Hoyer retained the starting job, but another poor performance triggered the debate for another week.
Hoyer completed less than 50 percent of his passes for 140 yards. Worse, he tossed two interceptions, giving him seven total in his last three games against zero touchdowns. After the game, Hoyer relayed to the Cleveland Plain Dealer how surreal the downward turn in his performance has felt.
“It’s crazy how fast things change,” Hoyer said. “Four or five weeks ago, we were talking about contract talks, and now, we’re talking about if I’m even going to be staying here.” Hoyer certainly has reason to wonder where his future lies. If Manziel provides any kind of spark to the offense, the Browns will likely turn the page on Hoyer for good.
Brett Favre returns to Green Bay
Since leaving the Green Bay Packers in 2008, Brett Favre has only visited the city twice. In each instance, he was a member of the rival Minnesota Vikings and was largely booed by those in attendance. While some animosity remains since his retirement, the time for reconciliation with the franchise is drawing near. Favre took another step towards that eventuality Monday by appearing at a charity event in Green Bay.
The event was a fundraiser for Rawhide, a foundation supported by former-Packers great Bart Starr to help at-risk youth in Wisconsin. Favre appeared with Steve Young who was in town with ESPN for coverage of the Falcons-Packers game. Though Favre will not attend the game, the time is drawing near for the legendary quarterback to get his due. The team has previously discussed plans to retire his number at a game in 2015.
When the Tampa Bay Buccaneers tired of Mike Williams after a stabbing incident this offseason, the Buffalo Bills swooped in and acquired the embattled wide receiver for a sixth-round pick. Williams, a native of Buffalo, had an opportunity to revitalize his career. However, after being left inactive for four of the team’s last eight games, the Bills elected to waive Williams and open up a spot on their 53-man roster according to NFL.com.
Officially, Williams’ release comes with an injury designation related to a calf strain he suffered during practice last week. However, as the report notes, the injury is not likely the motivation behind the move. If Williams goes unclaimed, he reverts to the Bills’ injured reserve list. Teams have until 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday to place a claim on the receiver.
Louis Delmas lands on IR with ACL tear
The Miami Dolphins‘ 28-13 defeat at the hands of the Baltimore Ravens wasn’t their only loss that day. Safety Louis Delmas had to be carted off during the fourth quarter with an apparent knee injury. Tests Monday revealed that he tore his ACL and will miss the rest of the season. Fox Sports reports that the team will place Delmas on injured reserve.
The Dolphins signed Delmas this offseason. He started 12 of the team’s 13 games this season and recorded 61 tackles and a sack. Delmas also scored on a pick six. Fourth-year defensive back Jimmy Wilson is expected to take Delmas’ place in the defense.