NFL preseason notes | 8-25-14


Rams’ Bradford out for season with ACL tear

ST. LOUIS — Rams quarterback Sam Bradford has a torn ACL in his left knee for the second straight year and is out for the season.

Coach Jeff Fisher confirmed the extent of the injury Sunday night.

“We lost our quarterback,” Fisher said. “For Sam, it was devastating.”

Bradford was injured in the first quarter of Saturday night’s 33-14 preseason victory at Cleveland. He was hit on his left side by Browns defensive end Armonty Bryant as he threw a pass.

Bradford, the first overall pick of the 2010 draft, missed the last nine games last season after getting injured at Carolina. Veteran Shaun Hill is the backup and the Rams also have rookie Garrett Gilbert and Austin Davis on the roster.

“Shaun’s our guy,” Fisher said. “I brought him here.”

Bengals 19, Cardinals 13

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Cincinnati’s Terence Newman returned an interception 54 yards for the only touchdown by either team’s starters and the Bengals went on to a preseason victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday night.

Mike Nugent added field goals of 48 and 36 yards for Cincinnati (1-2).

Jay Feely, competing with rookie Chandler Catanzaro for the Cardinals’ kicking job, made a 24-yarder but missed from 48 yards. Catanzaro made a 23-yard attempt.

The Cardinals (1-2) got their lone touchdown on a 30-yard pass from backup Drew Stanton to rookie John Brown with 1:29 left in the third quarter, tying it at 13-13.

49ers 21, Chargers 7

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — San Francisco’s No. 1 offense still looks shaky two weeks from the regular season, and the 49ers did just enough for their first preseason victory in a win against San Diego.

There were tens of thousands of empty seats hours after an overnight 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck in the Northern California wine country near Napa. The quake affected some public transportation options to the new $1.2 billion stadium, which sold out last Sunday.

Phil Dawson kicked a 39-yard field goal at the 9:27 mark of the second quarter, ending an eight-quarter scoreless drought for the 49ers as they doubled their preseason total. Dawson added another from 28 yards a week after missing twice.

Backup Blaine Gabbert threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Vance McDonald late in the first half for the 49ers’ first TD of the preseason. That capped a drive in which Gabbert went 5 for 6.

By wire sources