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NFL Notes: Giants acquire Beason from Panthers
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina coach Ron Rivera said the Panthers have agreed to trade three-time Pro Bowl linebacker Jon Beason to the New York Giants.

Rivera said Friday the trade is contingent on Beason passing a physical with the Giants.

Beason was benched prior to Carolina's 38-0 win over the Giants on Sept. 22. He broached the topic of wanting to play more with Rivera in a private meeting on Thursday.

"The trade benefits both the team and Jon," Rivera said before the team boarded a flight to Arizona. "We'll obviously get something out of it and it gives Jon an opportunity to get on the field right now."

Rivera wouldn't say what the Panthers will receive from the Giants in return for Beason (see full story).

Brian Hoyer out for season
CLEVELAND -- Brian Hoyer's story, seemingly pulled from a Disney movie script, took a cruel turn.

The Cleveland quarterback's season is over.

A lifelong Browns fan living out his boyhood dream by starting for his hometown team, Hoyer tore a knee ligament while running for a first down Thursday night against Buffalo and will miss the remainder of this season.

It's a devastating blow for Hoyer, who had waited five years -- three as Tom Brady's backup in New England -- to become an NFL starter and led the Browns to wins over Minnesota and Cincinnati while replacing an injured Brandon Weeden (see full story).

Manuel to miss 'a few weeks'
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) -- Buffalo rookie quarterback E.J. Manuel will miss "a few weeks" with a sprained ligament in his right knee.

The injury will not require surgery, Bills coach Doug Marrone said Friday, a day after a 37-24 loss in Cleveland.

Manuel was injured in the third quarter Thursday night, when he was hit by Browns safety Tashaun Gipson at the end of a 14-yard run. Jeff Tuel, another rookie, replaced Manuel but was ineffective, completing 8 of 20 passes for 80 yards.

Marrone said the Bills will look into acquiring another quarterback and did not rule out the possibility of that player starting Buffalo's next game Oct. 13 at Cincinnati (see full story).