Brian Hoyer targets offseason camps

BEREA, Ohio -- Brian Hoyer said the Cleveland Browns' trainers have had to hold him back as he attacks his rehab from surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right knee.

That's how eager the quarterback is to get back after suffering what he called the biggest disappointment of his life on Oct. 3 against the Buffalo Bills.

"I think generally ACL [recovery] is 6-8 months," Hoyer said Wednesday. "Obviously I'd like to shoot for the shorter part of that."

If Hoyer can come back quickly, he might be able to participate in some offseason work and surely would be ready for training camp. He's not guaranteeing that timetable, but is using it as his motivation.

"I'm really positive," Hoyer said. "I think that's the only way to be. Every day I'm getting better."

Hoyer's disappointment is compounded by his story. He grew up in Cleveland and played for St. Ignatius. He spent three years watching Tom Brady in New England and was thrilled to get a chance to play for his hometown team.

Winning his first two starts with the Browns only made the experience that much better.

"I think that was the hardest part," Hoyer said. "Things were going really well and it gets just taken right from underneath you."

Hoyer was injured at the end of an 11-yard run when he slid late and was hit in the shoulders by the Bills' Kiko Alonso.

"That was the first time on a field when I couldn't get up on my own," Hoyer said. "That's when I knew something was up."

Hoyer said he looked at the tape only to make sure he didn't miss a receiver, and he was satisfied running was his only option. However, his right cleat got stuck in the grass before the hit, which produced the torque to cause the injury.

"I think if either-or would have happened, I probably would have been fine," Hoyer said. "I got my foot down a little late and that's when he was hitting me."

Hoyer said once he got past the disappointment, he returned his focus to what he could control. That involved strengthening the knee before surgery and then working diligently during rehab.

He had quite a week when he had the surgery. He celebrated a birthday Sunday, welcomed his baby girl Cameron on Tuesday and had the surgery on Friday.

"It was a busy week in my house," he said. "Obviously, I had one of best moments of my life with my daughter being born.

"I've never had a surgery before, so it's a little nerve wracking. But I got through it. I felt great. I came out of surgery great. Now I'm onto the rehab."