NFL week 7

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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).

Times wires

Thursday

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

Top five quarterbacks

Peyton Manning Broncos 386 yards 3 TD

Andy Dalton Bengals 372 yards 3 TD

Matthew Stafford Lions 357 yards 3 TD

Jake Locker Titans 326 yards 2 TD

Chad Henne Jaguars 318 yards 0 TD

Top five running backs

Ryan Mathews Chargers 110 yards 1 TD

Chris Ivory Jets 104 yards 0 TD

Alfred Morris Redskins 95 yards 0 TD

Le'Veon Bell Steelers 93 yards 0 TD

Matt Forte Bears 91 yards 3 TD

Top five receivers

A.J. Green Bengals 155 yards 1 TD

Calvin Johnson Lions 155 yards 2 TD

Eric Decker Broncos 150 yards 1 TD

Harry Douglas Falcons 149 yards 1 TD

Vincent Jackson Bucs 138 yards 2 TD

.Tonight

Vikings at Giants

8:30, MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J. TV/radio: ESPN, ESPN Deportes; 98.7-FM, 1010-AM

NFL news and notes 10/20/13 [Last modified: Monday, October 21, 2013 12:32am]

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