The St. Louis Rams worst fears are coming true this afternoon, as it has been announced that quarterback Sam Bradford indeed tore his ACL against the Cleveland Browns on Saturday night, according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen.
Rams QB Sam Bradford is out for season after MRI shows he did tear left knee ACL, per sources. Rams will announce later today. @ESPNNFL
— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) August 24, 2014
This news is a devastating blow for a team that looked to be primed for a very successful season in 2014. However, it cannot come as much of a shock, as Bradford’s 2013 campaign was cut short in the same way in just Game 7 against the Carolina Panthers.
Fortunately for the Rams, their backup quarterbacks have played well thus far into the preseason, and the veteran Shaun Hill will undoubtedly take Bradford’s spot as the starter. One has to assume both Austin Davis and Garrett Gilbert will make the 53-man roster unless St. Louis decides to look outside the organization.
St. Louis has one of the best defenses in the NFL, which could help them salvage the 2014 season, but in all likelihood, Bradford’s time with the organization is all but over. The Rams will have to move on from the idea that Bradford is their guy and identify a more reliable answer either in the 2015 draft or in free agency this winter.