An MRI disclosed he tore the ACL in Saturday night's preseason
game against the Cleveland Browns.
"(This is) devastating for Sam," Fisher said. "Anyone that's gone
through that procedure and the rehab understands and to have it
happen again within the calendar year is very, very difficult.
"We're thinking of Sam. I met with him this morning. He's left the
building to spend time with his parents. I really can't give you any
timetable as to when he's going to have this procedure done."
Initially, no damage was detected to the same knee that underwent
surgery for a torn ACL suffered last season against Carolina on Oct.
Bradford was hurt with 8:19 left in the opening quarter when Browns
defensive lineman Armonty Bryant contacted the quarterback after he
released a pass.
After Bradford fell to the turf Saturday, Rams medical personnel and
trainers hurried onto the field and then helped him to the locker
room. Fisher also came on the field to check on Bradford's condition
before Bradford limped off favoring the knee.
Bradford, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, completed 4
of 9 passes for 77 yards. Veteran Shaun Hill replaced Bradford,
going 2 of 6 for 45 yards.
"This team is going to rally around Shaun, and this team is going to
go play," Fisher said. "We have all the confidence in the world in
---The Denver Broncos will be without one of the NFL's top kickers
for the first four games of the regular season.
The Denver Post reported that Matt Prater was informed by the NFL
that he must serve a four-game suspension for violating the league's
substance abuse policy.
The league will announce the alcohol-related suspension on Monday,
according to the Post. Harvey Steinberg, Prater's attorney, reached
an agreement with the league and, therefore, an appeal is not
After Prater was charged with driving under the influence in August
2011, he has been part of the NFL's alcohol program.
---Browns first-year head coach Mike Pettine says the team feels a
"very real sense of urgency" to get the offense straightened out
with the season opener less than two weeks away.
The Browns' first-team offense has yet to score a touchdown against
a first-team defense in the preseason. Pettine is so determined to
get it right before opening the season against the Pittsburgh
Steelers on Sept. 7 that he plans on playing his starters against
the Chicago Bears on Thursday in the final preseason game.
Originally he thought about resting his starters.
Brian Hoyer struggled for the third straight preseason game, but
Pettine is sticking with his plan to start Hoyer against the
Steelers. With Hoyer at quarterback, the Browns were 0-for-9 on
third down in the three preseason games until he broke the ice with
an 8-yard pass to Andrew Hawkins on third-and-seven in the second
quarter against the Rams.
---The Buffalo Bills released nose tackle Alan Branch.
Branch, 29, did not play in Saturday's 27-14 preseason loss to the
Tampa Bay Buccaneers because he was arrested for drunken driving in
western New York.
According to state police, officers saw Branch vomiting out of the
driver's side door of his vehicle. He was arrested about 2 a.m.
Saturday in Cheektowaga.
Police said Branch failed a field sobriety test and had a
blood-alcohol content of .14, nearly twice the legal limit of .08.
He was charged with driving while intoxicated and released. He is
scheduled to appear in court next Friday.
---The Atlanta Falcons made a number of roster moves, the most
significant being the placing of right tackle Mike Johnson on
season-ending injured reserve.
Johnson suffered a foot injury in the first quarter of a preseason
game against the Tennessee Titans on Saturday while blocking as the
tight end in the short-yardage formation.
Linebacker Marquis Spruill, a fifth-round pick in this year's draft,
was also placed on injured reserve, and wide receiver Drew Davis and
safety Zeke Motta were placed on the Physically Unable to Perform
In other roster moves, the Falcons waived defensive end Theo Agnew,
linebacker Brendan Daley, linebacker Darin Drakeford, safety Devonta
Glover-Wright, wide receiver Julian Jones, quarterback Jeff Mathews,
linebacker Walker May, running back Jerome Smith, wide receiver
Tramaine Thompson and tight end Brian Wozniak and safety Tyrell
---The Washington Redskins released linebacker Rob Jackson and
waived eight players: fullback Stephen Campbell, wide receivers Cody
Hoffman and Rashad Lawrence, linebackers Jeremy Kimbrough and Adrian
Robinson, safety Ross Maddison and defensive ends Jake McDonough and
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---The Tampa Bay Buccaneers cut 12 players from their roster, including
long snapper Jeremy Cain.
The team also waived defensive tackle Euclid Cummings, offensive lineman
Jace Daniels, wide receiver Skye Dawson, offensive lineman Jason Foster,
defensive end Ryne Giddins, guard R.J. Mattes, wide receiver Eric Page,
wide receiver Tommy Streeter, defensive end Chaz Sutton, quarterback
Alex Tanney and fullback Ian Thompson.
---Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Ace Sanders is back with the team
after taking a leave of absence last month.
Sanders, who was suspended the first four games of this season for
violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, left the team in July to get
The Florida Times-Union reported that Sanders reported to the team
Sunday morning with the rest of the Jaguars. He is eligible to play in
Thursday's preseason finale against the Atlanta Falcons, but cannot play
again until the Jaguars' fifth game of the season.
---The Chicago Bears cut nine players, including former Pro Bowl safety
Running back Michael Ford was also cut after spending time third on the
depth chart behind starter Matt Forte and Shaun Draughn. Other cuts
include wide receiver Greg Herd, wide receiver Kofi Hughes, tackle Joe
Long, cornerback Derricus Purdy, cornerback Peyton Thompson, defensive
tackle Nate Collins and guard/center Dylan Gandy.
---The New York Jets reduced their roster to 75 by releasing six
players: tight end Colin Anderson, wide receiver Mike Campbell,
cornerback Ras-I Dowling, wide receiver Jacoby Ford, defensive end
Anthony Grady and fullback Chad Young.
---The Carolina Panthers cut 10 players, including wide receivers Tiquan
Underwood and Marvin McNutt.
Other cuts by Carolina included wide receiver Toney Clemons, punter
Jordan Gay, defensive tackle Linden Gaydosh, defensive end Alex Hall,
tackle Oscar Johnson, linebacker Anthony Morales, wide receiver Kealoha
Pilares and defensive end Craig Roh.
---The Green Bay Packers released seven players: safety Charles Clay,
cornerback Antonio Dennard, wide receiver Chris Harper, linebacker Korey
Jones, fullback Ina Liaina, quarterback Chase Rettig and wide receiver
---The Detroit Lions made six cuts on Sunday to trim their roster to 82
The Lions released running back Steven Miller, wide receiver Conner
Vernon, offensive tackle A.J. Dalton, offensive guard Alex Bullard,
defensive end Kris Redding and defensive tackle Gregory Hickman.
---The Oakland Raiders released seven players to get down to 83 players
on the team's active roster.
The Raiders cut tight end Kyle Auffray, tackle Emmett Cleary, linebacker
Justin Cole, wide receiver Mike Davis, defensive tackle Torell Troup,
wide receiver Rahsaan Vaughn and cornerback Jansen Watson.
---After several months of discussions, Hall of Famer Dan Marino
accepted a front-office job with the Miami Dolphins.
Marino, the former Dolphins quarterback, will serve as a special adviser
to team owner Stephen Ross and CEO Tom Garfinkel.
---Cincinnati Bengals owner Mike Brown was treated for a minor medical
issue in Phoenix and did not attend Sunday night's game against the
The 79-year-old Brown has been the team's owner since his father, NFL
legend Paul Brown, passed away on Aug. 5, 1991. Mike Brown also serves
as the team's president and general manager.
Last month, Brown announced he was ceding more day-to-day control to
head coach Marvin Lewis and his daughter, executive vice president Katie
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