NFL Notes: Bradford, Wayne out for year

NFL Notes: Bradford, Wayne out for year
October 21, 2013, 9:45 am
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St. Louis Rams QB Sam Bradford (left) and Indianapolis Colts WR Reggie Wayne are both out for the season after suffering injuries Sunday. (USA Today Images)

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ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford will miss the rest of the season because of a torn knee ligament.

The extent of the injury to his left knee was confirmed by the team Monday. Bradford underwent an MRI exam Sunday night after the team returned from a 30-15 loss at Carolina.

Coach Jeff Fisher was to provide details at an afternoon news conference.

Bradford tore his anterior cruciate ligament in the fourth quarter when he when he landed on his knee after being shoved out of bounds by safety Mike Mitchell. Fisher said after the game that Bradford was in "significant pain" on the sideline.

Teammates had feared the worst after Bradford was carted off the field and on crutches in the locker room.

Kellen Clemens replaced Bradford and is the only other quarterback on the roster. The Rams' next game is next Monday night at home against Seattle.

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Colts: Wayne out for year
INDIANAPOLIS -- Colts receiver Reggie Wayne will miss the rest of the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during Sunday night's win over Denver.

Wayne was injured in the fourth quarter as he tried to come back and catch a low pass. He was not hit on the play.

It's a devastating blow for the Colts (5-2) and for Wayne, the 35-year-old receiver who became the ninth member of the league's 1,000-catch club last week. Wayne had started 189 consecutive games, the longest streak among active receivers.

Coach Chuck Pagano would not say whether the AFC South-leading Colts would sign another receiver to replace Wayne during this week's bye.

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Bears: Cutler, Briggs out for weeks
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler will miss at least four weeks and Pro Bowl linebacker Lance Briggs will be out for around six weeks, two staggering blows for a struggling team.

Coach Marc Trestman announced the news Monday, a day after Cutler suffered a muscle tear in his groin during a 45-41 loss to the Washington Redskins. Briggs left the game with a small fracture in his shoulder.

"They're not done," Trestman said. "They're going to be back."

Pro Bowl cornerback Charles Tillman also left the game with a knee injury, and Chicago (4-3) lost for the third time in four games.

The Bears are off this week, but with the injuries mounting, their season could be slipping away from them. The defense has been hit particularly hard in recent weeks, and now, the offense is without its leader. (see full story)

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Texans: Cushing done for season
Brian Cushing's season is over.

CSNHouston's James Palmer has confirmed that Cushing has a torn LCL in his left knee and a broken leg. He'll need surgery and is out of the year. The good news is that his left ACL, which he needed surgery on last season, appears to be OK.

Cushing was blocked low by Jamaal Charles in the third quarter, a block that sent the linebacker to the ground in pain.

After the game, head coach Gary Kubiak said the team was "very concerned" about Cushing's injury. Center Chris Myers called the Cushing injury "crushing."

"That's a tough situation for him, man," Arian Foster said. "He worked so hard, man. But injuries are a part of the game and he's going to come back strong and be ready for next year. It's just a tough break."

Titans: Owner Bud Adams dies
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Titans owner K.S. "Bud" Adams Jr. has died in his Houston home. He was 90.

The team announced Monday that Adams had died, saying he "passed away peacefully from natural causes."

The son of a prominent oil executive, Adams built his own energy fortune and used it to found the Houston Oilers in the upstart American Football League.

Adams moved the team to Tennessee after the 1996 season when he couldn't get the new stadium he wanted in Houston. The franchise, renamed the Titans, in 2000 reached the Super Bowl Adams had spent more than three decades pursuing.

Kenneth Stanley Adams Jr. was born in Bartlesville, Okla., to the future chief executive of Phillips Petroleum Co., K.S. "Boots" Adams.

His 409 wins were the most of any current NFL owner.

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Falcons: Jackson expected to practice Wednesday
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Falcons coach Mike Smith says running back Steven Jackson, who has missed the last four games, is expected to practice on Wednesday.

Smith said Monday Jackson won't have full participation immediately in his return from a hamstring injury. Jackson didn't practice last week but Smith says the latest report on the running back late in the week "was very good in terms of his testing and the opportunity to go play."

Smith says adjustments and corrections made during the bye week played a big role in Atlanta's 31-23 win over Tampa Bay on Sunday. The Falcons snapped a three-game losing streak with the win.

Jackson's return could provide another boost. The Falcons were held to only 18 yards rushing by the Buccaneers.

Atlanta plays at Arizona on Sunday.

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Browns: Chudzinski considering QB change
BEREA, Ohio -- Browns coach Rob Chudzinski is considering a change at quarterback after Brandon Weeden struggled during Sunday's loss at Green Bay.

Weeden had his second straight poor performance and Chudzinski acknowledged during his Monday news conference that "Brandon has to play better." But Chudzinski said there are other issues and that he and his staff will evaluate all positions before making any lineup changes.

Weeden completed just 17 of 42 passes for 149 yards in the 31-13 loss. Unlike last week, when Chudzinski supported Weeden following a loss to Detroit, the coach was noncommittal and seems to be leaning toward starting backup Jason Campbell this week when the Browns (3-4) visit the Kansas City Chiefs (7-0).

Weeden returned to the starting lineup two weeks ago after Brian Hoyer suffered a season-ending knee injury.

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Dolphins: McKinnie acquired from Ravens
DAVIE, Fla. -- A person with knowledge of the deal says tackle Bryant McKinnie has been traded by the Baltimore Ravens to the Miami Dolphins, who are anxious to shore up a leaky offensive line.

The person confirmed the trade to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the teams hadn't made an announcement Monday. It wasn't known what or who the Ravens received in return.

McKinnie will likely compete for playing time with right tackle Tyson Clabo, who allowed two fourth-quarter sacks in Miami's loss Sunday to Buffalo and has given up seven sacks this season.

Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill leads the NFL with 26 times sacked. His fumble when he was sacked in the closing minutes by the Bills led to a field goal that gave them a 23-21 victory.

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Vikings: Man indicted in murder of Peterson's son
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota -- A Lincoln County grand jury has indicted a 27-year-old Sioux Falls man on second-degree murder and manslaughter charges in the death of the 2-year-old son of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson.

Lincoln County state's attorney Tom Wollman said Monday that Joseph Robert Patterson will be scheduled for an arraignment this week. Wollman says Patterson was indicted on Friday.

Patterson is charged with assaulting Tyrese Robert Ruffin in a Sioux Falls apartment. The boy died after being hospitalized with severe head injuries. Patterson is the boyfriend of Tyrese's mother.

Peterson had just recently found out that Tyrese was his son. The NFL star had been planning to meet the boy and rushed to Sioux Falls when he heard Tyrese was hospitalized. (see full story)

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