Browns to start Brian Hoyer against Colts

The Clevleand Browns are sticking with quarterback Brian Hoyer as their start for Sunday's game against the Indianapolis Colts after contemplating a switch to rookie Johnny Manziel.

Hoyer hasn't played well in recent weeks and was replaced by Manziel last Sunday.

“After thorough evaluation and talking to the staff, we feel Brian gives us the best opportunity to win on Sunday,” Browns coach Mike Pettine said. “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.”

Hoyer has 11 touchdowns and 10 interceptions for the season, but one touchdown pass and six interceptions in the past three games.

"We're 7-5,'' Hoyer said. "This just doesn't happen by luck. It was hard-earned, and we've worked to get where we're at. We're still in it. With those other teams losing yesterday, we have four more games. Two of them are division games.

"You don't get to 7-5 in the NFL just lucking into it. It's been a lot of hard work, and I think I've proven that I've gotten us to this point. I feel like I can carry us through the next four games. There's no doubt in my mind that I'll be ready to go."

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