Cleveland Browns wide receiver Brian Hartline suffered a broken collarbone Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers and is out for the remainder of the season, according to the Associated Press' Tom Withers.
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Hartline to Undergo Surgery
Sunday, Dec. 13
Hartline had been heating up over the past six weeks, so his absence will undoubtedly hurt quarterback Johnny Manziel and the Browns offense.
After scoring his first two touchdowns of the season against the Arizona Cardinals on Nov. 1, Hartline topped 70 yards in each of his next four games, including an eight-catch, 107-yard outing Sunday before going down with the collarbone injury that requires surgery.
Wide receiver Travis Benjamin and tight end Gary Barnidge have been the Browns' primary receiving targets all season long, but losing Hartline deprives Manziel of an additional weapon on an offense generally devoid of playmakers.
This would be a nice spot for receiver Dwayne Bowe to try to justify even a fraction of his two-year, $12.5 million deal, but that's wishful thinking based on his inability to stay on the field when healthy this season.