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The reigning Heisman winner bypassed the 2009 draft for a shot at a national title with Oklahoma. But a shoulder injury limited the junior QB to three games (two of them losses), and last week he shut himself down—for the season. Bradford will have surgery and then get ready to enter next year's draft.
In the Browns' 31--3 loss to the Packers, Derek Anderson was 12 of 29 for 99 yards—bringing his three-week total to a whopping 244 yards. But with Brady Quinn standing to cash in on $10.9 million in incentives if he takes too many snaps, the job is Anderson's.
It was hardly la dolce vita for Nebraska coach Bo Pelini, whose Cornhuskers had eight turnovers—including four inside the Iowa State five-yard line—in a 9--7 loss, their first to the Cyclones in Lincoln since 1977. "It's pretty obvious you can't win a football game like that," fumed Pelini.
Will these Leafs ever change? Toronto hadn't won a game through Sunday—and since Oct. 6 hadn't lost by fewer than two goals. "We've been substandard in all [areas of play]," G.M. Brian Burke said of a team that so far has looked unlikely to break its four-year playoff drought.