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Cleveland names Hoyer starting QB

BEREA, Ohio — Brian Hoyer will open the season as the Browns' starting quarterback after beating out Johnny Manziel, coach Mike Pettine said Wednesday.

In 2013, Hoyer went 3-0 while throwing five touchdowns and three interceptions before tearing his right ACL. Then in May, Cleveland drafted Manziel, the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner out of Texas A&M, 22nd overall.

"Obviously, it's very special for me," Hoyer said. "Did I believe this could happen after I got hurt? There was no doubt in my mind. But there were days when rehab (stunk) and I hated what I was doing."

Manziel didn't do enough during camp and two games to win the job.

"It's obviously disappointing," he said. "I feel like if I would have come out and played better, it would have been a different outcome. I don't think I played terrible, but I didn't do anything to jump off the page."

Pettine said he knows plans can change in an instant.

"Give me a crystal ball, and I'll tell you," he said when asked if Manziel will play this season. "The NFL season is so long, so much can happen. We don't want Brian looking over his shoulder thinking one bad throw and I'm out. You could foresee a scenario where (Manziel) doesn't play this year, and there are scenarios that are absolutely possible as well. It's hard to tell."

Ref asked not to work Redskins games

Mike Carey, recently hired as a rules analyst for CBS, spent 19 seasons as a referee but did not officiate a Redskins game for nearly all of his last eight.

That was by request because he disapproves of their name.

"It just became clear to me that to be in the middle of the field, where something disrespectful is happening, was probably not the best thing for me," said Carey, the first African-American to referee a Super Bowl.

Carey added he spoke only with the official who handled the scheduling and does not know if commissioner Roger Goodell was aware.

At the time, Carey asked his request be kept private.

"I know that if a team had a derogatory name for African-Americans, I would help those who helped extinguish that name," Carey said. "Even if I didn't have Native American friends, the name of the team is disrespectful."

And he said he will bring that attitude to his job with CBS: "I've called them Washington all my life, and I will continue to call them Washington."

Blount pot charge: LeGarrette Blount and Le'Veon Bell, the Steelers' top running backs, will be charged with marijuana possession after a traffic stop in Pittsburgh. An officer on a motorcycle pulled over a Camaro driven by Bell at about 1:30 p.m. after he noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from it. Bell, Blount (the ex-Buc) and a female passenger all claimed ownership of the marijuana, according to police. Bell did not travel for tonight's game in Philadelphia, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. Blount's status wasn't known.

Bengals: Linebacker Vontaze Burfict agreed to an extension that espn.com reported is for four years and $20 million ($7.6 million guaranteed). Last season, his second, he had 115 tackles and three sacks.

Broncos: Receiver Jordan Norwood, expected to return punts, tore his left ACL during practice and is out for the season. Receiver Wes Welker is expected to replace him.

Bills: Linebacker Stevenson Sylvester went on season-ending injured reserve with an undisclosed knee injury. He was signed after starting linebacker Kiko Alonso was lost for the season with a torn left ACL.

Cardinals: Safety Tyrann Mathieu, who tore his left ACL and a separate ligament in the knee last season, practiced for the first time in camp.

Chiefs: Rookie running back De'Anthony Thomas missed practice with spasms in his hamstring. His status for Saturday's game hasn't been determined.

Raiders: Fullback Marcel Reece practiced five days after sustaining an undisclosed foot injury.

Extra points: Dean Blandino, the league's officiating director, said he believes longer extra points are "in the league's near future." During the first two weeks of this preseason, extra points were snapped from the 15 instead of the 2. Eight kicks among 141 were missed. The 94.3 percent was below the last season's 99.6 percent.

Hall of Fame: Former Vikings center Mick Tingelhoff was named a finalist for next year's class by the seniors committee. He never missed a game and was part of teams that won 10 division titles and reached four Super Bowls from 1962-78.

Cleveland names Hoyer starting QB 08/20/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 20, 2014 10:33pm]

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