The Browns were meeting Friday afternoon to consider their options after learning that quarterback Brian Hoyer would be lost for the season with a torn ACL in his right knee.

Hoyer will need surgery on the knee coach Rob Chudzinski said. No other structural damage was revealed on the MRI done on Hoyer on Friday morning.

The Browns’ initial reaction was to not add a quarterback to join Brandon Weeden and Jason Campbell on the roster. But that may have changed after learning the full extent of Hoyer’s injury.

“We’ll sit down with Joe (Banner) and talk through what our plans will be from there” Chudzinski said on a conference call at noon.

According to a source the Browns have eliminated former Tampa Bay QB Josh Freeman as an option. Freeman was released by the Buccaneers on Wednesday after a tumultuous year with coach Greg Schiano.

The Browns beat the Buffalo Bills 37-24 to move to 3-2 and temporarily gain sole possession of first place in the AFC North despite Hoyer’s injury. Although it’s early in the season the Browns have positioned themselves to be a factor in the playoff chase. The front office has to decide whether a QB tandem of Weeden and Campbell is good enough to keep them in it.

Hoyer was the spark that turned the season around after an 0-2 start under Weeden.

“He did a great job stepping in and really showing what he could do with his opportunity” Chudzinski said. “It was a huge for us. This is disappointing. He was a big reason that we won those couple games but not the only reason.”

Chudzinski said that he didn’t have a problem with Buffalo linebacker Kiko Alonso who collided with Hoyer during the quarterback’s fateful run for a first down early in the game. Hoyer who also played baseball at St. Ignatius HS was in the process of sliding but his right cleat caught in the FirstEnergy Stadium grass. When Alonso fell on top of Hoyer Hoyer’s right knee hyperextended.

Weeden who had thrown to receivers only one day during the short week stepped in and made enough plays to help the cause. The Browns’ turnaround from an early 10-0 deficit was spurred by Travis Benjamin punt returns of 57 and 79 yards that produced 10 points.