It was an ugly scene with just a little over five minutes remaining in yet another disappointing effort from the St. Louis Rams when quarterback Sam Bradford suffered what looked like a very painful injury. Carolina Panthers safety Mike Mitchell was pursuing a scrambling Bradford toward the sideline as he was giving himself up and heading out of bounds when Mitchell gave the signal caller an unnecessary shove that caused a very awkward stumble and fall.
Guard Harvey Dahl took exception to the play, especially after seeing the quarterback down writhing in pain near the bench. A skirmish ensured resulting in defensive end Chris Long coming out onto the field and getting ejected from the contest. While the fracas was certainly a big deal, the potential of losing Bradford for and extended period of time or possibly even the rest of the season is much more pressing.
The Rams couldn’t have liked how the game started with their QB throwing a pick-six on the first play from scrimmage, but the ending was much worse than the beginning. Much has been made about Bradford’s inability to elevate the revamped Rams as a team this season bringing his status as the team’s franchise quarterback into question. Regardless of whether Bradford has what it takes or not, the team was at least excited about having him use the rest of the season to prove that.
This injury really puts a huge question mark on the Rams as a franchise given there decision just a year and a half ago to pass on a potential franchise QB in Robert Griffin III and trade the pick to the Washington Redskins. The heist that the Rams got in return for the pick has proven worthwhile, but part of that bounty may now need to be used on a new man under center in the 2014 NFL Draft.
The details have yet to be released, but Bradford getting carted off from the sideline to the locker room following the play doesn’t bode well for the news to come. All of the high hopes for St. Louis this season would be out the window with Kellen Clemens under center as opposed to Bradford. While the Rams can’t be satisfied with what they saw from Bradford to this point, there’s no question he gives the team a better chance to win than Clemens.