Bills S Williams taken off in ambulance
The Latest from NFL stadiums around the country on the second Sunday of the season(all times EDT):
Buffalo Bills safety Aaron Williams has been taken off the field by ambulance in the third quarter against the New England Patriots on Sunday. He was ruled out for the rest of the game because of a neck injury.
Williams made a diving attempt to tackle Julian Edelman on what would be a 22-yard touchdown to put New England up 33-13. The safety’s head bounced as it connected with Edelman’s back and both players hit the turf, leaving Williams skidding face down on the left sideline. Williams was talking, but it was difficult to see how much he was able to move his lower body.
The game was delayed for more than 10 minutes. Teammates gathered around Williams, who was put on a stretcher and had his entire body immobilized before being loaded onto the ambulance.
-Nick Mendola, reporting from Orchard Park, New York
The Buffalo Bills honored former general manager Bill Polian by presenting him his Pro Football Hall of Fame ring at halftime against the New England Patriots.
Polian, who was inducted into the hall in August, was the GM and architect of the Jim Kelly-led Bills teams that made four consecutive Super Bowl appearances in the early 1990s only to lose them all. He was with the Bills from 1984-92. During the ceremony, he was joined by the Bills’ Hall of Fame players he drafted: Kelly, running back Thurman Thomas, defensive end Bruce Smith and receiver Andre Reed.
-John Wawrow reporting from Orchard Park, New York
Houston Texans right tackle Jeff Adams has been carted off the field in the second quarter Sunday after trainers put an air cast on the right leg.
Adams was locked up in a block with Carolina Panthers defensive end Kony Ealy when his leg gave out and he fell to the ground in obvious pain. Teammates immediately yelled for the trainers and took a knee around him.
-Steve Reed reporting from Charlotte, North Carolina
Philip Rivers’ 10-yard touchdown pass pulled San Diego within a point of Cincinnati and moved him ahead of Dan Fouts for the franchise record with 255 career touchdowns.
Fouts is at Paul Brown Stadium as the TV analyst. Rivers is now 15th all-time in NFL history.
– Joe Kay reporting in Cincinnati
Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler has left Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals because of a hamstring injury.
Cutler walked to the locker room after Tony Jefferson returned an interception 26 yards for a touchdown late in the first half.
Cutler was stiff-armed and landed on his right shoulder. The Bears said he injured his hamstring.
Jimmy Clausen finished the half and started the third quarter for Chicago.
– Andrew Seligman reporting from Chicago
The New York Giants’ secondary has taken another hit.
Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was knocked out against the Atlanta Falcons with a concussion, further depleting the Giants’ secondary plagued by injuries.
– Barry Wilner reporting from East Rutherford, N.J.
The NFL wanted to make things more interesting after touchdowns. The Pittsburgh Steelers are cooperating.
Pittsburgh opted to go for 2 after scoring their first two touchdowns against San Francisco, and converted both times.
After Roethlisberger hit Heath Miller for a 2-yard score, the offense stayed on the field. Roethlisberger then found a wide-open Antonio Brown to put the Steelers up 8-0.
The Steelers went for 2 again after second TD after lining up to kick only to have the 49ers penalized for a neutral-zone infraction that pushed the ball to the 1. Roethlisberger connected with Miller for a 2-point pass that put Pittsburgh up 16-3
After a third touchdown, the Steelers actually attempted a kick, but Josh Scobee hit the left upright. Scobee got another chance to kick and made the extra point to give the Steelers a 29-3 late in the first half against the 49ers.
– Will Graves reporting from Pittsburgh
After a ”perfect” pro debut, Marcus Mariota’s second NFL game has been anything but for Tennessee’s rookie quarterback.
He has been harassed by Cleveland’s defense, and ended the first quarter by being sacked. Mariota tried to scramble, slipped and was hammered by Browns linebacker Paul Kruger and John Hughes, who knocked off the QB’s helmet, a shoe and caused a fumble that was recovered by Cleveland.
Mariota was 3 of 6 for 31 yards in the first quarter. Last week, he went 13 of 16 and recorded a perfect 158.3 passer’s rating.
– Tom Withers, reporting from Cleveland.
Carolina Panthers veteran wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery was carted to the locker room with a right ankle injury in the first quarter against the Houston Texans.
The team is listing his return as questionable. Cotchery was struggling to put weight in his ankle on the sideline. Cotchery accounted for Carolina’s only offensive touchdown in last week’s 20-9 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Panthers did add an extra wide receiver, Kevin Norwood, to their active roster.
– Steve Reed reporting in Charlotte, North Carolina
Philip Rivers’ streak of consecutive completions ends at 22, two shy of Donovan McNabb’s NFL record.
The San Diego quarterback completed his first two throws at Cincinnati before missing the mark on a high throw with a third-down pass to Stevie Johnson.
Rivers’ 22 straight is a Chargers record and ties for third-longest in NFL history. Peyton Manning completed 23 straight. Joe Montana, Mark Brunell, David Carr and Matt Ryan had also streaks of 22 completions.
– Joe Kay reporting from Cincinnati
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has moved past Dan Marino for third all-time in completions with a short pass to Brandin Cooks early in New Orleans’ game against Tampa Bay.
It was Brees’ 4,968th completion and he’s had several since. He trails only Brett Favre (6,300) and Peyton Manning (5,977).
– Brett Martel reporting from New Orleans
What a start! Arizona’s David Johnson set a club record by returning the opening kickoff 108 yards against the Chicago Bears. Johnson burst through the middle and turned up the left side untouched, quickly silencing the crowd at Soldier Field. The longest kickoff return by a Cardinals player before that was a 106-yarder by Roy Green against Dallas on Oct. 21, 1979. It was also the longest by a Bears opponent.
– Andrew Seligman reporting from Chicago
Call him Johnny Lightning.
Johnny Manziel threw a 60-yard touchdown on his first pass Sunday, hooking up with wide receiver Travis Benjamin. Manziel faked a hand-off and hit a streaking Benjamin, who got behind Titans cornerback Coty Sensabaugh, who was starting in place of Jason McCourty.
Manziel is making his third NFL start, taking over for Josh McCown, who sustained a concussion last week. Manziel came off the bench last week and threw one TD but had three turnovers.
– Tom Withers reporting from Cleveland.
Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III was inactive, just like last week, but the difference is that he was coming off a concussion for the opener, while he’s healthy enough to play against the Rams.
He lost his starting job to Kirk Cousins during the preseason; now he is down to No. 3 on the depth chart, behind backup Colt McCoy.
Rams rookie running back Todd Gurley, coming off left knee surgery, practiced this week and was thought to have a chance to make his NFL debut on Sunday, but he was inactive.
-Howard Fendrich reporting from Washington
Wide receiver Dwayne Bowe will make his Cleveland Browns debut against the Titans.
Bowe, who missed last week’s game with a hamstring injury, should be one of the top targets for Johnny Manziel.
Cleveland signed Bowe, formerly in Kansas City, to a 2-year, $12.5 million contract – $9 million guaranteed – in the offseason.
-Tom Withers reporting from Cleveland
Bills running back LeSean McCoy will play against the New England Patriots despite aggravating an injury to left hamstring in practice this week.
McCoy had been listed as questionable. He’s been bothered by the injury and missed the Bills final three preseason games after being hurt during a joint practice with the Cleveland Browns on Aug. 18. McCoy complained of being rusty after managing just 41 yards on 17 carries in Buffalo’s 27-14 season-opening win over Indianapolis last week. He also had three catches for 46 yards.
The Bills still managed a combined 147 yards rushing against Indianapolis – Buffalo’s best total since gaining 193 at Chicago in last year’s season opener.
– John Wawrow reporting from Orchard Park, New York
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