NFL notes: Cardinals release Sam Bradford; Bills to start Peterman

Cardinals quarterback Sam Bradford gets sacked by Rams linebacker Samson Ebukam during a preseason game.
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The Arizona Cardinals have released quarterback Sam Bradford, whose eight NFL seasons have been plagued by injuries.

Bradford signed a one-year, $20-million contract — with $15 million guaranteed — in the offseason. He started the first three games before being replaced by rookie Josh Rosen. Bradford had been inactive for every game since.

The former No. 1 overall pick out of Oklahoma has 83 career starts with St. Louis, Philadelphia, Minnesota and Arizona.

The Cardinals also announced they had placed offensive lineman John Wetzel (neck) on injured reserve. Arizona (2-6) does not play this week.


Anderson in concussion protocol

Nathan Peterman will start at quarterback for the Buffalo Bills on Sunday against the Chicago Bears after Derek Anderson was ruled out with a concussion. The Bills (2-6) said Saturday that Anderson and rookie linebacker Tremaine Edmunds have not cleared concussion protocol.

Rookie quarterback Josh Allen has a sprained elbow and already has been ruled out for a third straight game. Anderson was hurt in the final minutes of a 25-6 loss to New England on Monday night.

Buffalo signed journeyman Matt Barkley on Wednesday to back up Peterman, who was Buffalo’s opening-game starter but has been benched twice this season for poor performances. The second-year quarterback has thrown nine interceptions in 81 career attempts.

Raiders to release leading pass rusher Irvin

The Oakland Raiders are planning to cut Bruce Irvin after the team’s leading pass rusher had his playing time reduced significantly in recent weeks.

A person familiar with the decision said Saturday the move should be official next week. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team hadn’t announced the transaction. The Athletic first reported the decision.

The Raiders have decided to cut ties with Irvin two days after he played just nine snaps in a 34-3 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. Irvin will be subject to waivers and will be owed about $3.8 million for the rest of the season if he isn’t claimed.


Oakland came into the year banking on Irvin and Khalil Mack to be bookend pass rushers anchoring the defense. Mack was traded a week before the season to Chicago for a package of draft picks following a lengthy contract holdout and now Irvin is on his way out too.


Green Bay Packers receiver Geronimo Allison will miss Green Bay’s game against the New England Patriots on Sunday night with multiple injuries. The Packers downgraded Allison from doubtful on Saturday, when the team had a light practice. Allison did not travel to New England. … The Chicago Bears placed right guard Kyle Long on injured reserve because of a tendon injury in his right foot. The move means the NFC North-leading Bears (4-3) will be without Long for at least eight weeks. Chicago visits Buffalo on Sunday. Tight end Ben Braunecker (concussion) and defensive tackle Bilal Nichols (knee) did not travel with the team, and star linebacker Khalil Mack (ankle) and receiver Allen Robinson (groin) are questionable.