Unfortunately both starting quarterbacks sprained their knees and had to leave the game. Both team’s hope relies on the possible outcome of MRI’s, treatments, physiotherapist and team doctors. If it really comes down to a season ending injury for both, it is next men up or Josh Freeman to the rescue.
A sports journalist is no doctor. However Cleveland Browns’ quarterback Brian Hoyer twisted his knee very awkwardly. After he went down he stayed on the ground in pain for several minutes. The hit Buffalo Bills’ quarterback and this years first round draft pick EJ Manuel took looked painful too. But cameras showed that Manuel’s knee was moving well.
Another fact to this situation: The Bills have trust in second-string quarterback Jeff Tuel because he did pretty well in training camp. Due to his solid performance the Bills cut three veteran quarterbacks in favour of Tuel, who at some point could have become the first undrafted quarterback since the 1960s to start the start the first week as a true first-year professional because EJ Manuel still recovered from a knee injury.
Now Tuel will probably get the chance to prove himself in a real game.
The QB situation in Cleveland looks quite different. Although Brandon Weeden played mistake free as Brian Hoyer’s replacement, he didn’t spark the offence like Hoyer did last week against the Cincinnati Bengals, recording only 13 completions with 24 attempts. Furthermore Weeden got his chances last season and earlier this year and he couldn’t convince coaches and management.
The question for the Cleveland Browns might be: Why not pick up Josh Freeman, who was cut by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this Thursday?
Sure they are some concerns, but there are huge upsides too. Josh Freeman has proved he can play in the NFL. He has a strong arm and a big body. His numbers from 2010 to 2012 are impressive. And he comes with a low price tag. Freeman was in his last year of his contract and already got his guaranteed money. Furthermore he was released and there is no trade thus the Browns have to pay him only NFL's base salary of 715.000 $.
The addition of Josh Freeman could help the Browns holding on to their momentum and maybe even extend their winning record.
What is your opinion? Should the Cleveland Browns sign Josh Freeman or do you think he is an distraction? Will another team bring him in?