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BEREA, Ohio - They are barely visible in the back of Brian Hoyers locker, buried unde
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BEREA, Ohio - They are barely visible in the back of Brian Hoyers locker, buried under caps, shirts and a knee brace. Terrell Davis Jersey .At first glance, they appear to be ordinary cleats. However, these are symbolic.They are the shoes Hoyer wore last season on Oct. 3, when the Browns quarterback tore knee ligaments while sliding at the end of a run against the Buffalo Bills. The injury ended Hoyers season and threatened his career, but instead of throwing out the grass-stained cleats, Hoyer hung on to them as a reminder of his comeback.And as he prepared to play in his first Thursday night game since that fateful game a year ago, Hoyer joked about the keepsakes.Maybe Ill wear them this Thursday, he said with a smile before practice.Although the cleats may have contributed to Hoyers injury, he wont part with them. To him, they represent the end of one chapter and start of another — his personal halftime.Its just a significant moment in my career, Hoyer said. Everything that led up to that moment — really I blame the cleats because my cleat got stuck in the ground — maybe it was the grass. But I think to keep that and realize that getting to that point in my career, it took everything to get to that point, and then to keep those because thats kind of the second part of my career.Hoyer could be facing another pivotal moment in his football life when Cleveland (5-3) faces AFC North-leading Cincinnati (5-2-1) on Thursday at Paul Brown Stadium. For the Browns, this is a chance to validate a surprising start aided by a favourable schedule the past few weeks. For Hoyer, it could mean much more.Although hes 8-3 as Clevelands starter, its still not clear if Hoyer will be Clevelands quarterback beyond this season. Hes in the final year of his contract, and with first-round draft pick Johnny Manziel backing him up, Hoyers future with the Browns remains cloudy.With every win, Hoyer would seem to strengthen his grip on the job, and a victory on national TV over the Bengals, who are 13-0-1 at home since 2012, would give him another bargaining chip to stake his claim as the Browns future QB.However, Manziels shadow looms over Hoyer.General manager Ray Farmer would not directly discuss Hoyers contract situation, but indicated theres a chance the 29-year-old could land a deal before the end of the season.Well see what happens with Brian between now and then, Farmer said.Farmer said the Browns are comfortable in not rushing Manziel, who has only been on the field for a handful of plays this season. However, Farmer, who offered little clarity on a number of issues, seemed to indicate the team is looking toward Manziel — and not Hoyer — as the quarterback it intends to build around.I want Johnny to play when Johnnys ready to play, he said. Were comfortable with where were at and how we want to play him with what the total organization looks like around him. The result is for him to be successful for a long period of time and not just for a moment or a flash but for an extended period of time.So were going to put together the right group and make sure everything is in place and hes going to be ready and were going to be ready when he does get the opportunity.From the outside, the Browns appear to have a tough decision to make on Hoyer, who could test the free-agent market or wind up being given a franchise or transition tag by Cleveland.Farmer said hell do whats best for the Browns.No challenge at all, he said. I think its pretty simple. At the end of the day we sit down and make decisions that are good for our football team.Farmer said Hoyer has not exceeded expectations this season, and has shown hes a winner — on and off the field.Ive always talked about guys that study it, learn it, love it, breathe it, and hes done that, Farmer said. So to his credit, hes demonstrated not only to those on the outside world, but those interior, his commitment and his drive to be as good as he can be.NOTES: With suspended Pro Bowl WR Josh Gordon due back in two weeks, Farmer said its not a certainty hell be given a major role when he returns. He is a talented young man and he can do a lot of good things, Farmer said. But do you kind of disrupt what you are to just make sure that one person gets the ball? Teams win. Talent doesnt. Its really about building a team and people have to find a way to fit into the team. ... Browns coach Mike Pettine said WR Andrew Hawkins will be a game-time decision with a leg injury. ... 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The Panthers (16-21-6) outshot Montreal 16-10 in the final frame, but were repeatedly frustrated by Price, who made 26 saves on the night.NEW YORK, N.Y. - Al Horford, Paul Millsap and Jeff Teague were picked Thursday as reserves for the Eastern Conference All-Star team, giving the sizzling Atlanta Hawks three selections.Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook made the West team despite early season injuries for the Oklahoma City stars. The Miami Heat also had two reserves in Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade.But Portland surprisingly only had one in LaMarcus Aldridge. Point guard Damian Lillard was not among the seven reserves.Atlanta has won 17 in a row and has a 38-8 record, second-best in the NBA. The Hawks were hoping for four spots, but Kyle Korver was not chosen by East coaches.Our whole starting five deserves to be there, Teague said before the results were announced. We have a good ballclub. Were all playing at a really high level right now. And were playing as a team. Thats all you can really ask for.Clevelands Kyrie Irving, last years All-Star game MVP, and first-timer Jimmy Butler of Chicago were the other players announced to the East roster.The rest of the West reserves for the Feb. 15 game at Madison Square Garden in New York are James Harden (Houston), Klay Thompson (Golden State), Tim Duncan (San Antonio) and Chris Paul (Clippers).Head coaches in each conference had to vote for two guards, three frontcourt players and two players regardless of position. They couldnt vote for players on their own teams.The starters were voted by fans and announced last Thursday. LeBron James (Cleveland), Pau Gasol (Chicago), Carmelo Anthony (New York), John Wall (Washington) and Kyle Lowry (Toronto) will start for the East. Stephen Curry (Golden State), Kobe Bryant (Lakers), Anthony Davis (New Orleans), Blake Griffin (Clippers) and Marc Gasol (Memphis) were voted in from the West.Bryant is out for the rest of the season after surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff in his shoulder and his replacement on the roster will be chosen by Commissioner Adam Silver. West coach Steve Kerr of the Warriors will decide who takes Bryants spot in the lineup.With their backcourt of Curry and Thompson, the Warriors have two All-Stars for the first time since Chris Mullin and Tim Hardawway in 1993. Andy Janovich Jersey. Atlantas Mike Budenholzer will lead the East. He will get to coach three of his players, the first trio of Hawks All-Stars since John Drew, Eddie Johnson and Dan Roundfield in 1980.We love for our players to have success and for our players to be appreciated, Budenholzer said. Yeah, theres a sense of pride. They work really hard. They do a lot of things we appreciate. If other people are appreciating them, thats a good thing.Korver, shooting 53 per cent from 3-point range, still might have a chance if Wade isnt able to play in his 11th consecutive All-Star selection. The Heat star is battling a strained right hamstring.The powerful West has many more snubs, including Lillard, whose Trail Blazers are tied for third in the conference and who is averaging 21.8 points.Sacramentos DeMarcus Cousins wasnt picked despite averaging 23.8 points and 12.3 rebounds as perhaps the best big man in the league this season, and neither Memphis nor Dallas had a reserve selected despite their strong play and worthy candidates.Marc Gasol said he thought both Mike Conley and Zach Randolph should have been chosen.Were the second-best team in the West. I feel like us being there, both (should be there) because they are a huge part of what we do, Gasol said. All-Stars should be about winning and telling guys thats how you play. You play well on a winning team, youre supposed to be there.Duncan did make it for a 15th time, joining Shaquille ONeal and Kevin Garnett with the third-most selections behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (19) and Bryant (17).Durant will get the chance to improve his 30.6 points per game average in the All-Star game, best all-time. West coaches went with the leagues reigning MVP even though he has missed 25 of the Thunders 46 games and the team is only 23-23, currently out of playoff position.I love Kevin Durant, but he hasnt played enough games, TNTs Charles Barkley said. This isnt a lifetime achievement award. Lillard is having a terrific year.___AP Sports Writer Paul Newberry in Atlanta contributed to this report.___Follow Brian Mahoney on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/Briancmahoney Cheap Jerseys Wholesale Wholesale Authentic Jerseys NFL Jerseys From China Wholesale Jerseys Cheap Jerseys 2019 Wholesale Authentic Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping ' ' '
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