NFL Preseason: Sam Bradford hurt in Rams' win

NFL Preseason: Sam Bradford hurt in Rams' win
August 23, 2014, 11:30 pm
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Sam Bradford walks off the field in the first quarter of the Rams' preseason game vs. the Browns after reinjuring his left knee. (USA Today Images)

CLEVELAND -- St. Louis quarterback Sam Bradford reinjured the left knee he had surgery on last season and the Rams had four other starters hurt in a 33-14 win over the Cleveland Browns on Saturday night.

Bradford went down after being hit by Browns defensive lineman Armonty Bryant in the first quarter. He grimaced in pain before walking gingerly to the sideline with Rams coach Jeff Fisher watching every delicate step.

Bradford was examined on the bench and then escorted to the locker room for further medical tests. He did not return.

Browns starting quarterback Brian Hoyer threw a touchdown pass and celebrated rookie backup Johnny Manziel had a 7-yard TD run. Manziel was also sacked twice by Rams rookie Michael Sam, who punctuated the first takedown by mimicking Manziel's "money" sign (see full recap).

Flacco's TD helps Ravens beat Washington
BALTIMORE -- Joe Flacco's final throw was a touchdown pass, providing a positive ending to an uneven performance by the Baltimore Ravens' first-team offense.

Robert Griffin III concluded his horrid outing with an interception, leaving the Washington Redskins much to consider in the wake of a 23-17 preseason defeat Saturday night.

If this was a dress rehearsal for the regular season, the Ravens had reason to be encouraged. Flacco went 16 for 23 for 180 yards, including a 24-yard touchdown throw to Steve Smith with 25 seconds left in the first half (see full recap).

Sankey's late TD lifts Titans past Falcons
ATLANTA -- Rookie Bishop Sankey's 3-yard touchdown run and 2-point conversion with 5:45 remaining gave Tennessee its first lead as the Titans rallied for a 24-17 preseason win over the Atlanta Falcons on Saturday night.

Sean Renfree led Atlanta to the Titans' 4-yard line but couldn't complete a fourth-and-2 pass to Julian Jones with 1:08 remaining.

Matt Ryan was sharp for Atlanta (1-2) as he threw first-half touchdown passes to Julio Jones and Devin Hester.

Each starting quarterback left after one series in the third quarter.

Ryan completed 18 of 23 passes for 224 yards with the two touchdowns. Jake Locker hit 12 of 17 passes for 188 yards for Tennessee (2-1). Locker threw a 63-yard touchdown pass to Nate Washington late in the first half.

Zach Mettenberger played most of the second half as the Titans rallied (see full recap).

Dolphins rally past Cowboys
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- Orleans Darkwa ran in from 1 yard with 1:45 left, and the Miami Dolphins rallied from two scores down in the final minutes to beat the Dallas Cowboys 25-20 on Saturday night.

Gator Hoskins caught a 27-yard touchdown pass from Matt Moore earlier in the fourth period for Miami.

Ryan Tannehill completing 13 of 21 passes for 119 yards with an interception for Miami, and Knowshon Moreno had 64 yards on 10 carries in his preseason debut.

Tony Romo played the first half and completed 10 of 18 passes for 87 yards for the Cowboys. Tyler Patmon had a 9-yard interception return for a score and LaRon Byrd caught a 27-yard touchdown pass for Dallas, which got field goals of 52 and 50 yards from Dan Bailey (see full recap).

McCown, Buccaneers beat slow-starting Bills
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Josh McCown directed two first-half touchdown drives, and defensive tackle Clinton McDonald returned a fumble for a score in Tampa Bay's 27-14 preseason win over the slow-starting Buffalo Bills on Saturday.

First-round pick Mike Evans caught McCown's perfectly placed 24-yard fade pass in the right corner in helping the Buccaneers (1-2) build a 24-0 halftime lead.

Doug Martin scored on a 1-yard run, and the Buccaneers' starting defense limited the Bills to 82 yards and six first downs in the first half.

The Bills (1-3) finally scored in the third quarter against the Bucs' second-stringers. EJ Manuel hit former Buccaneers receiver Mike Williams for a 14-yard touchdown, and Fred Jackson scored on an 8-yard run.

The touchdowns were the first by the Bills' starting offense after they were limited to four field goals on their first 18 preseason possessions (see full recap).

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