Losses pile up for Bills in 37-24 loss to Browns

By TOM WITHERS - AP Sports Writer
    2013-10-04 01:01

CLEVELAND (AP) - They first lost track of Travis Benjamin, who made the Bills look silly all over the field. Then they lost two leads, their leading wide receiver and finally their starting rookie quarterback.

Buffalo's big night on prime-time national TV couldn't have gone much worse.

Unable to move on offense after quarterback EJ Manuel went out with a knee injury in the third quarter, the Bills dropped their sixth straight road game, 37-24 on Thursday night.

The Browns (3-2) rallied behind Brandon Weeden to move into sole possession of first place in the AFC North.

The Bills (2-3) led 10-0 in the first quarter before giving up 17 straight points, which included Benjamin's electrifying 79-yard punt return for a touchdown late in the first half.

C.J. Spiller scored on a 54-yard TD run early in the third quarter and Fred Jackson scored his second 1-yard TD run to give the Bills a 24-17 lead shortly after Manuel went down after taking a helmet to the knee while scrambling on a 14-yard gain.

Manuel tried to get loose and return, but couldn't and was done.

So, too, were the Bills.

``When you lose your quarterback and receiver, it's going to be tough but you have to deal with it,'' Jackson said. ``It's the NFL. Injuries are going to happen.''

Leading wide receiver Stevie Johnson sustained a back injury in the first half and didn't return. He missed much of spring practices with a back issue.

Bills coach Doug Marrone said Manuel has a sprained knee and assumes the first-round pick will undergo an MRI on Friday.

``I was hoping we could get him back, but they said it was a sprain and they shut him down,'' Marrone said. ``He's a tough kid. He took a shot. He was trying to score a touchdown.''

Manuel got hurt at the end of a 14-yard run when he was hammered near the sideline by Browns safety Tashaun Gipson. Manuel walked off the field and attempted to get his knee loose on the sideline by jogging and riding a stationary bike. But after having his knee examined, he went to the locker room with two trainers.

``I saw him working out and thought and we could get him back,'' Marrone said.

Rookie Jeff Tuel came in for Manuel but was ineffective, completing 8 of 20 passes for 80 yards. With the Bills down by six in the final two minutes, Tuel's pass was picked off by Browns safety T.J. Ward, whose 44-yard TD return clinched it for Cleveland.

``It was a misread on my part,'' Tuel said. ``I didn't see the safety flying down.''

Tuel was disappointed in his performance, but may need to shake it off quickly in the event Manuel is out for an extended period.

``It's the situation of any backup quarterback in the league,'' Tuel said. ``You have to be ready to go in and perform at a high level.''

Just before halftime, Benjamin broke several tackles, spun a few others on his dazzling return.

``We can't have that,'' Marrone said. ``He's a good punt returner and he has a lot of speed. We knew that going in.''

Weeden came off the bench after Brian Hoyer injured his knee and rallied the Browns, who have won three straight after an 0-2 start.

After spraining his right thumb in Week 2, Weeden watched as Hoyer, a lifelong Browns fan who began the season as Cleveland's No. 3 quarterback, led the team to two straight wins. Weeden got healthy enough to play but found himself demoted to a backup role, not what the first-round draft pick imagined after being named the starter in training camp.

He could have sulked or complained. Instead, he fought back.

``Whether I was the starter, eyes are still on you to see how you respond, to see how you react,'' he said. ``I was upbeat the entire time and never let it bother me. Inside, it just kind of lit a fire.''

Weeden threw a 37-yard touchdown pass to Josh Gordon in the third quarter as the Browns matched their best record after five games since 2001.

Hoyer sustained a potentially serious right knee injury on a scramble in the first quarter. With the Browns trailing 7-0, Hoyer took off on an 11-yard run and was sliding after picking up the first down when he was hit from the side by rookie linebacker Kiko Alonso.

Both of Hoyer's knees were bent awkwardly on the hit in front of Cleveland's bench, and several players and coaches yelled for a penalty to be called on Alonso. Hoyer stayed on the ground for several moments before he was assisted to a trainer's table.

Following the game, Hoyer left the stadium on crutches with his knee immobilized. Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said Hoyer has a sprained knee and will undergo an MRI on Friday. But the tone of Hoyer's teammates seemed to indicate that the 27-year-old, who was finally getting a chance to start in his fifth NFL season, might be sidelined for an extended period.

NOTES: Spiller and Jackson both missed practice this week. Spiller had 66 yards on eight carries, and Jackson had 53 yards on 17 with the two TDs. ... Bills S Jairus Byrd missed his fifth straight game with a foot injury. Byrd was ready to return after practicing, but the coaches decided to keep him out. ... Bills DE Mario Williams had two sacks, moving him into a tie for the league lead with 7 1/2. ... Bills WR T.J. Graham sustained a neck injury in the fourth but returned.

Fantasy Football Player Notes RSS FeedPLAYER NOTES

Robert TurbinOct 4 02:52p

The Cleveland Browns have declared LB Craig Robertson, DL Desmond Bryant, TE Emmanuel Bibbs, CB Joe Haden, DB K'Waun Williams, RB Robert Turbin, LB Scott Solomon inactive for Week 4.

Jacoby JonesOct 4 02:42p

The San Diego Chargers have declared OG Chris Watt, CB Craig Mager, WR Jacoby Jones, SS Jahleel Addae, OT King Dunlap, OG Orlando Franklin, LB Tourek Williams inactive for Week 4.

Ladarius GreenOct 4 02:42p

San Diego Chargers TE Ladarius Green (concussion) is officially active for the Week 4 game against the Cleveland Browns.

Michael CrabtreeOct 4 02:02p

Oakland Raiders WR Michael Crabtree (leg) suffered a right leg injury during the team's Week 4 game.

Tony RomoOct 4 01:12p

Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo's (clavicle) rehab appears to be on schedule, and he has been given a timetable of seven to eight weeks. Romo is looking at the [ More ]

Andre EllingtonOct 4 12:52p

Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (knee) may not play in the Week 4 game against the St. Louis Rams, because the team may want to hold him out until he is completely recovered.

LeSean McCoyOct 4 12:42p

Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy (hamstring) could be sidelined for three to four weeks if does not want to return until he is fully healthy. McCoy recently underwent an [ More ]

Dwayne AllenOct 4 12:02p

Indianapolis Colts TE Dwayne Allen (ankle) has been declared inactive for the Week 4 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Taiwan JonesOct 4 11:52a

The Oakland Raiders have declared LB Ben Heeney, DL Benson Mayowa, DL C.J. Wilson, OG Jon Feliciano, DB Keith McGill, OT Matt McCants, RB Taiwan Jones inactive for Week 4.

LeSean McCoyOct 4 11:52a

The Buffalo Bills have declared FS Aaron Williams, DL Alex Carrington, OG John Miller, RB LeSean McCoy, WR Marquise Goodwin, WR Sammy Watkins, LB Tony Steward inactive for Week 4.

Jay CutlerOct 4 11:52a

Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler (hamstring) is officially active for the Week 4 game against the Oakland Raiders.

Andrew LuckOct 4 11:52a

Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck (shoulder) has been declared inactive for the Week 4 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Brandon ThompsonOct 4 11:52a

The Cincinnati Bengals have declared DL Brandon Thompson, TE C.J. Uzomah, FS George Iloka, WR Greg Little, DT Marcus Hardison, DL Margus Hunt, WR Mario Alford inactive for Week 4.

A. Seferian-JenkinsOct 4 11:52a

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have declared TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, C Evan Dietrich-Smith, CB Johnthan Banks, TE Luke Stocker, SS Major Wright, WR Russell Shepard, QB Ryan W. Griffin inactive for Week 4.

Aaron MurrayOct 4 11:52a

The Kansas City Chiefs have declared QB Aaron Murray, WR Albert Wilson, TE Brian Parker, LB Dezman Moses, OT Jah Reid, DL Rakeem Nunez-Roches, CB Steven Nelson inactive for Week 4.

DeMarco MurrayOct 4 11:42a

Philadelphia Eagles RB DeMarco Murray (hamstring) is active for the Week 4 game against the Washington Redskins.

Tevin ColemanOct 4 11:42a

The Atlanta Falcons have declared WR Devin Hester, C Gino Gradkowski, TE Jacob Tamme, OT Jake Long, WR Justin Hardy, CB Ricardo Allen, RB Tevin Coleman inactive for Week 4.

Alshon JefferyOct 4 11:42a

The Chicago Bears have declared WR Alshon Jeffery, QB David Fales, C Hroniss Grasu, DL Jeremiah Ratliff, OT Jermon Bushrod, RB Ka'Deem Carey, P Patrick O'Donnell inactive for Week 4.

Jaelen StrongOct 4 11:42a

The Houston Texans have declared LB Akeem Dent, WR Chandler Worthy, OL Greg Mancz, WR Jaelen Strong, RB Jonathan Grimes, DL Kourtnei Brown, FS Lonnie Ballentine inactive for Week 4.

Jerricho CotcheryOct 4 11:42a

The Carolina Panthers have declared OG Amini Silatolu, RB Brandon Wegher, OT Daryl Williams, S Dean Marlowe, WR Jerricho Cotchery, WR Kevin Norwood, LB Luke Kuechly inactive for Week 4.

Andrew LuckOct 4 11:42a

The Indianapolis Colts have declared QB Andrew Luck, OT Denzelle Good, TE Dwayne Allen, CB Greg Toler, DL T.Y. McGill, OG Todd Herremans, RB Tyler Varga inactive for Week 4.

DeSean JacksonOct 4 11:42a

The Washington Redskins have declared WR Andre Roberts, CB DeAngelo Hall, WR DeSean Jackson, DL Kedric Golston, LB Perry Riley, QB Robert Griffin III, OT Tom Compton inactive for Week 4.

Bilal PowellOct 4 11:32a

New York Jets RB Bilal Powell (groin) left the Week 4 game early because of a groin injury and is considered questionable to return.

Julius ThomasOct 4 11:32a

The Jacksonville Jaguars have declared OG Brandon Linder, LB Chris Smith, RB Denard Robinson, TE Julius Thomas, WR Marqise Lee, DL Sen'Derrick Marks, FS Sergio Brown inactive for Week 4.

Victor CruzOct 4 11:32a

The New York Giants have declared SS Cooper Taylor, TE Daniel Fells, LB Jasper Brinkley, TE Jerome Cunningham, DL Markus Kuhn, DL Robert Ayers, WR Victor Cruz inactive for Week 4.

Cedric ThorntonOct 4 11:32a

The Philadelphia Eagles have declared DL Cedric Thornton, FS Chris Maragos, OG Julian Vandervelde, LB Kiko Alonso, LB Marcus Smith, DE Taylor Hart, QB Thaddeus Lewis inactive for Week 4.

Jay CutlerOct 4 11:22a

Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler (hamstring) is expected to start against the Oakland Raiders in Week 4 even though his injured hamstring is not fully healed.

Arian FosterOct 4 11:22a

Updating a previous report, Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (groin) will be active for the Week 4 game against the Atlanta Falcons but will see limited snaps during the [ More ]

B. RoethlisbergerOct 4 11:12a

Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (knee) made good progress in his recovery this week and appears to have a good chance to return in four weeks. Roethlisberger is off [ More ]

Brent GrimesOct 4 11:02a

Miami Dolphins CB Brent Grimes (knee) suffered a right knee injury during the Week 4 game against the New York Jets and is considered questionable to return.

Matt ForteOct 4 11:02a

Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte is a player the Bears are willing to listen to trade offers for, but the asking price is believed to be high at the moment, according to a source.

DeMarco MurrayOct 4 10:52a

Philadelphia Eagles RB DeMarco Murray (hamstring) is expected to play in the Week 4 game against the Washington Redskins even though he is listed as questionable for the game, according to a source.

RSS Feeds

NFL News:
Player Notes:
Forum Posts:

© 2015 RealTime Fantasy Sports, Inc.
Email Us  ·  Call Us 636.447.1170  ·  Lost Password
Advertising represented by USA Today Sports Media Group