CLEVELAND — St. Louis starting quarterback Sam Bradford reinjured his surgically repaired left knee in the first quarter against the Browns on Saturday night.
The Rams had four other starters hurt in the first half.
Bradford, who missed the Rams’ final nine games last season after having a torn left anterior cruciate ligament repaired, went down after being pressured and hit high by defensive lineman Armonty Bryant.
As Bradford stayed on the ground for several minutes, Rams coach Jeff Fisher came onto the field with trainers to check on his condition. Bradford, who is wearing a brace on his left knee, walked gingerly to the sideline, was examined by medical personnel behind the Rams’ bench before being escorted to the locker room for further medical tests.
The Rams provided little information on Bradford’s injury, saying only he has a knee injury.
Bradford was playing his second preseason game after making his exhibition debut last week against Green Bay. Fisher had hoped to play Bradford for most of the first half. He went 4-of-9 for 77 yards beforeleaving.
Bradford has made 49 career starts since he was drafted with the No. 1 overall pick by St. Louis in 2010.
He was replaced by Shaun Hill.
The knock on Bradford is that he has not been able to stay healthy. He played in just 10 games in 2011.
St. Louis lost two other players in the opening quarter as defensive tackle Kendall Langford and guard Rodger Saffold went out with leg injuries.
Two more Rams were injured on the same play in the second quarter. Left cornerback Trumaine Johnson and defensive tackle Michael Brockers went down, but Brockers walked off under his own power.
Joyner’s injury appeared to be serious. He was taken off the field on a cart, and several teammates wished him well before he was driven away.
REPORTS SAY NOSE TACKLE RAJI OUT FOR SEASON: In Green Bay, Wisconsin, after a nice showing by the starters, the Packers appear as if they will need to move forward this season without a key defensive lineman.
Nose tackle B.J. Raji left Green Bay’s 31-21 win Friday night over Oakland in the first quarter with an arm injury, and later stayed on the sideline for a while with a sleeve protecting his right arm. Coach Mike McCarthy said after the game that Raji was optimistic, although more tests were needed.
Raji tore his biceps and will miss the 2014 season, ESPN.com and NFL.com reported Saturday. The Packers, who were off Saturday, return to practice Sunday, when McCarthy will likely address what’s next up front.
Raji moved inside from end this preseason, playing mainly in the base 3-4 scheme. The Packers also have second-year player Josh Boyd at tackle, while undrafted rookie free agent Mike Pennel has impressed at camp.
Letroy Guion was signed in the offseason from the Vikings but hasn’t practiced yet because of a hamstring injury.
The first-string defense looked good even with Raji watching.
Linebacker A.J. Hawk hopes the performance overall bodes well for the regular season opener Sept. 4 against the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks.
Stadium renovations make debut: In Orchard Park, New York, the Buffalo Bills unveiled $130 million in renovations to Ralph Wilson Stadium at their sold out preseason home opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Saturday night.
The upgrades include new fan-friendly amenities, such as larger concessions stands, a sports bar, easier access into the stadium and wider concourses.
While not completed, the key renovations include 53 more points of entry, two new video boards, 3 million feet of linear cable to improve communications and technology in the stadium.
The Bills had an extra week of training camp because the facility was not yet ready. Renovations began shortly after the 2013 season ended in January.
Bills officials credit the renovations and overall team optimism with an uptick is season-ticket sales.
Van Noy says injury a bit of a mystery: In Allen Park, Michigan, Detroit Lions linebacker Kyle Van Noy said it’s hard to pinpoint the injury that kept him out of Friday’s preseason win over Jacksonville.
Van Noy said he’s waiting on further evaluation of the injury, which the team said was an abdominal problem. The Lions drafted the rookie from Brigham Young in the second round.
Detroit put wide receiver TJ Jones on the reserve-physically unable to perform list Saturday. The Lions also released guards Alex Bullard and A.J. Dalton, defensive tackle Greg Hickman, running back StevenMiller, defensive end Kris Redding and wide receiver Conner Vernon.