St. Louis Rams: Sam Bradford's Career Essentially Over After Re-Tearing ACL

By Brian Neal
Sam Bradford ACL Injury
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News broke within the past hour of QB Sam Bradford’s unfortunate situation. The knee injury suffered in Saturday night’s preseason game, which was originally thought to be a hyperextended knee, was actually much more serious.

Bradford’s greatest nightmare unfolded after MRIs this morning, as he found out his left ACL was torn again. Last year, he missed the majority of the season to one of the most difficult injuries in sports to suffer, and this preseason, it’s happened to him for the second time in as many years.

This makes one have to wonder: how much more can the St. Louis Rams‘ QB suffer through?

He’s been one of the most injury-prone players in the league, heck, in all of sports, during his career — dating all the way back to his final year of college at Oklahoma.

It all started during that last season with the Sooners, as he had a season-ending shoulder injury. He would still be drafted No. 1 overall by the Rams in the 2010 NFL Draft. While he saw success in his rookie year, the following season in 2011, he missed over half the year with a high-ankle sprain. After an average campaign in 2012 where he was able to stay healthy, but with not much help surrounding him, he went into 2013 with high hopes after Jeff Fisher was brought in and made many positive changes. After just seven games, however, Bradford’s first ACL tear ended his season.

This year, he didn’t even make it out of the preseason. So, again, I ask: how much more can he take?

At some point, quality of life has to be considered. He’s made enough money. He probably has some type of injury insurance. When does living the dream playing quarterback in the NFL become not enough when half the time you’re in crutches, going through immense pain and rehabilitation?

Even at 26 years old, I can’t imagine the pain, anger and disappointment going through Bradford right now. And to be completely honest, I wouldn’t blame him from stepping away from the game. It’s not his fault he keeps having such horrible injuries, and eventually, that will wear on a person, no matter how strong they may be.

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