Sunday’s NFL roundup: Rams’ Sam Bradford gone for season with torn ACL

Associated Press

St. Louis — Rams quarterback Sam Bradford has a torn ACL in his left knee for the second straight year and is out for the season.

Coach Jeff Fisher confirmed the extent of the injury Sunday night, news first reported by ESPN and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

“We lost our quarterback,” Fisher said. “For Sam, it was devastating.”

In all, five starters were hurt against the Browns.

Cornerback Trumaine Johnson was carted off with a knee injury and three others — guard Rodger Saffold and defensive tackles Kendall Langford and Michael Brockers — left with ankle injuries.

Johnson will be out 4-6 weeks with an MCL tear, but Fisher said Saffold, Langford and Brockers could play if needed in the exhibition finale Thursday at Miami.

Bradford was injured in the first quarter of Saturday night’s 33-14 exhibition victory at Cleveland. He was hit on his left side by Browns defensive end Armonty Bryant as he threw a pass.

Bradford hopped briefly on his right leg before dropping to the ground.

Bradford, the first overall pick of the 2010 draft, missed the last nine games last season after getting injured at Carolina. Former Lion Shaun Hill is the backup and the Rams also have rookie Garrett Gilbert and Austin Davis on the roster.

“Shaun’s our guy,” Fisher said. “I brought him here.”

After the game, Fisher thought Bradford might have hyperextended the knee and was “very optimistic.” Bradford walked off the field, and then walked to the locker room after the injury.

Wide receiver Brian Quick said he was assured by the quarterback he was “OK.”

“It is a tremendous loss for them,” Browns coach Mike Pettine said. “We knew that it didn’t look like much when it happened. It’s such an unfortunate thing.”

Bradford had 14 touchdown passes and four interceptions last season.

Bradford played in two exhibition games and was 4 for 9 for 77 yards against the Browns.

Hill, 34, has thrown only 16 passes the past three seasons as Matthew Stafford’s backup.

He made 10 starts in 2010 for the Lions and beat the Rams for Detroit’s first win after a 0-4 start.

Sunday’s games

Cincinnati 19 (at) Arizona 13: Terence Newman returned an interception 54 yards for the only touchdown by either team’s starters. Mike Nugent added field goals of 48 and 36 yards for Cincinnati (1-2).

Jay Feely, competing with rookie Chandler Catanzaro for the Cardinals’ kicking job, made a 24-yarder but missed from 48 yards. Catanzaro made a 23-yard attempt.

The Cardinals (1-2) got their lone touchdown on a 30-yard pass from backup Drew Stanton to rookie John Brown with 1:29 left in the third quarter, tying it at 13-13.

Cincinnati backup Quinn Sharp kicked field goals of 34 and 51 yards after that for the deciding margin.

(At) San Francisco 21, San Diego 7: There were tens of thousands of empty seats in the 49ers’ new Levi’s Stadium hours after an overnight 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck in the Northern California wine country near Napa.

The quake affected some public transportation options to the new $1.2 billion stadium, which sold out last Sunday.

Blaine Gabbert threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Vance McDonald late in the first half for the 49ers’ first TD of theexhibition season.

Extra points

Dan Marino is returning to the Dolphins as a special adviser to Dolphins owner Stephen Ross.

Marino was briefly with the Dolphins in 2004 as their senior vice president of football operations, resigning after less than a month citing family and other reasons. He spent the last decade primarily as an NFL analyst for CBS.

... Bengals owner Mike Brown was treated at a hospital for what the team called a “minor medical situation.”

Brown, who turned 79 on Aug. 10, was in Phoenix with the team for its Sunday night exhibition game against the Cardinals.

Personnel dept.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera says quarterback Cam Newton has a hairline fracture in his ribs and will miss the team’s final exhibition game. Rivera says he expects Newton to be ready for the team’s Sept. 7 regular season opener against Tampa Bay.

... Packers nose tackle B.J. Raji suffered a biceps injury in the Packers’ win over the Raiders and is expected to miss the season after he undergoes surgery.

... The Bills released defensive lineman Alan Branch (Michigan) one day after he was arrested for drunk driving in Cheektowaga, N.Y., where police observed Branch vomiting out the side of his car.

The Bills reported he failed a field sobriety test in addition to registering a blood alcohol level of .14, over the legal limit of .08.

... Matt Prater’s lawyer said the NFL suspended the Broncos kicker four games for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Harvey Steinberg said Prater’s suspension was alcohol-related.

... Eagles running back LeSean McCoy says his injured right thumb “should be OK” for the Sept. 7 opener against Jacksonville.

... The Panthers cut defensive lineman Craig Roh (Michigan).

... The Jets released wide receiver Jacoby Ford.

... The Jaguars will be without guard Zane Beadles (calf), defensive tackle Sen’Derrick Marks (shoulder) and place-kicker Josh Scobee (quad) in their exhibition finale Thursday against the Falcons.