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Brian Hoyer expected to leave Browns

Although he has retained his job as the Browns' starting quarterback for at least one more week, Brian Hoyer's time in Cleveland likely will be limited, according to league sources.

Short of a playoff trip this season that could force the Browns to ramp up efforts to keep him, Hoyer is expected to depart Cleveland when he becomes a free agent after this season, the sources told Schefter.

There are expected to be suitors in free agency -- perhaps the Texans -- that value Hoyer more than the Browns do, according to sources.

Hoyer has started every game for the Browns this season but Cleveland also likely will want to create an opportunity next season for rookie Johnny Manziel, a first-round draft pick this season.

Manziel replaced an ineffective Hoyer in last week's loss to the Bills and provided a temporary spark for Cleveland's offense by running for a touchdown on his first drive. But Browns coach Mike Pettine named Hoyer as his starter for Sunday's game against Indianapolis, saying that the veteran "gives us the best opportunity to win."

Hoyer finished Sunday's 25-24 loss to the Colts by completing just 14 of his 31 pass attempts for 140 yards and two interceptions.