Brian Hoyer was back on the field with his Cleveland Browns teammates Tuesday for the first time since he tore a knee ligament in October.

Hoyer was limited in what he could do and did not take part in team drills, but his attitude toward the most vexing position on the Browns was clear.

"Until someone tells me otherwise," he said, "I feel like I'm the starter for this team."

Hoyer hurt his knee in his third start for the Browns, a Thursday night win over Buffalo. He had won his first two starts, and seemed to be grabbing hold of the starting job.

But he hurt his knee when he slid and was hit by Kiko Alonso. Surgery followed two weeks later.

Some six months later, Hoyer was active and assertive on the field, clearly acting like he belonged as the team's starter.