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Report: Rams QB Bradford tears left ACL
Rams quarterback Sam Bradford tore the ACL in his left knee against the Panthers and is out for the season, profootballtalk.com reported Sunday night.
Bradford had an MRI exam on his left knee when the team arrived in St. Louis after their 30-15 loss at Carolina.
Bradford, the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2010, was injured in the fourth quarter when he landed on his knee after being shoved out of bounds by Panthers S Mike Mitchell.
Rams coach Jeff Fisher said Bradford "was in significant pain on the sideline."
Hester ties league return TD mark
LANDOVER, Md. — Devin Hester of the Bears tied Hall of Famer Deion Sanders' NFL record with his 19th return for a touchdown. Hester brought back a punt 81 yards in the second quarter of Sunday's 45-41 loss against the Redskins. It was the 13th punt return for a TD for the former University of Miami star, extending his own record. He also has returned five kickoffs and one missed field goal for touchdowns. Hester had not scored on a return in nearly two years, since Nov. 13, 2011.
Cushing out again: Texans LB Brian Cushing broke his left leg and tore his lateral collateral ligament and is out for the season, foxsports.com reported. He tore his ACL last season.
More TEXANS: RB Arian Foster, third in the league coming in at 88.5 rushing yards a game, left in the first quarter with a hamstring injury. … DE J.J. Watt honored the late Houston Oilers coach Bum Phillips after a fourth-quarter sack, tipping an imaginary cowboy hat. Phillips died Friday at 90; his son Wade is the Texans' defensive coordinator.
Fines coming? Redskins S Brandon Meriweather said he anticipates a fine after being flagged for two helmet-to-helmet hits against the Bears. He said: "Anybody else want to chip in on my dinner? I can't afford it right now."
BENGALS: CB Leon Hall tore an Achilles tendon and is out for the season, profootballtalk.com reported.
Broncos: CB Champ Bailey was ruled out of the second half of Sunday night's game at Indianapolis after injuring his left foot.
EAGLES: They have lost a franchise-worst nine straight at home.
Lions: DT Ndamukong Suh, fined $31,000 last week for a hit on Browns QB Brandon Weeden, was invited to league offices in New York this week to explain why he thinks he should not be fined, Fox reported.
PATRIOTS: TE Rob Gronkowski, back after two offseason surgeries, had eight catches for 114 yards.
RAMS: DE Chris Long was ejected after throwing a punch at Carolina OL Chris Scott in the third quarter.
Number of the day
100 Percent of teams (31 of 31) to make the playoffs in the Super Bowl era after a 7-0 start; 15 made the Super Bowl and nine have won it (the Chiefs are 7-0 this year, the lone unbeaten left).
Carolina at Tampa Bay, 8:25
Sunday, Oct. 27
Cleveland at Kansas City, 1
Buffalo at New Orleans, 1
Miami at New England, 1
Dallas at Detroit, 1
N.Y. Giants at Philadelphia, 1
San Francisco vs. Jacksonville at London, 1
Pittsburgh at Oakland, 4
N.Y. Jets at Cincinnati, 4
Atlanta at Arizona, 4:25
Washington at Denver, 4:25
Green Bay at Minnesota, 8:30
Open: Baltimore, Chicago, Houston, Indianapolis, San Diego, Tennessee
Monday, Oct. 28
Seattle at St. Louis, 8:40
Week 8 schedule