LOS ANGELES — The NFL hasn’t lost a star or two, it’s lost a constellation.
A slew of injuries Sunday either ended the seasons or severely hampered a host of prominent players, among them St. Louis quarterback Sam Bradford, Houston linebacker Brian Cushing and Indianapolis receiver Reggie Wayne, all of whom will sit out the rest of the season with knee injuries.
Eagles QB Nick Foles, a former UA Wildcat, is out with a concussion suffered when he was sacked by Dallas’ George Selvie and Jarius Wynn on the final play of the third quarter. Matt Barkley may start Sunday against the Giants, with Michael Vick still nursing a hamstring injury.
Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler is out at least a month because of a torn groin muscle, leaving Josh McCown to start in two weeks against Green Bay.
The Bears also said former UA linebacker Lance Briggs has a small fracture in his left shoulder and will miss at least six weeks.
Green Bay TE Jermichael Finley remained in the hospital Monday with a neck injury, and his football future is uncertain. Denver cornerback Champ Bailey aggravated a foot injury that had sidelined him. And RBs Arian Foster (hamstring) of Houston and Doug Martin (shoulder) of Tampa Bay are nursing injuries.
“It stinks to the ‘nth degree,” Indy QB Andrew Luck said about Wayne’s torn ACL, but at least the Colts get a week off.
St. Louis doesn’t have that luxury after Bradford tore his ACL in his left knee in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s loss at Carolina. The Rams play host to Seattle on Monday night. Kellen Clemens, the only other quarterback on the St. Louis roster, will start.
Before leaving Philly’s game with a concussion, Foles had struggled against Dallas in the biggest game of his young career. But coach Chip Kelly said the pressure didn’t get to Foles.
“I saw him play in college, and I don’t think any time in college did I ever see Nick get overwhelmed by the moment or whatnot,” the ex-Oregon coach said.
• Tennessese Titans owner Bud Adams, who helped found the AFL and whose battles for players helped lead to the merger with the NFL, died Monday of natural causes, the team said. He was 90.
The son of a prominent oil executive, Adams built his own energy fortune and founded the Houston Oilers. He moved the team to Tennessee in 1997 when he couldn’t get the new stadium he wanted in Houston.
• Washington free safety Brandon Meriweather was suspended by the NFL for two games after being flagged for hits on Chicago receivers Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall.