The optimism of Saturday night has turned into a Sunday afternoon nightmare for the Rams. As ESPN reported and league sources have indicated to the Post-Dispatch, quarterback Sam Bradford does indeed have a torn ACL and is out for the season.
Bradford was injured in the first quarter of Saturday night's 33-14 preseason victory over Cleveland when hit by Browns defensive end Amonty Bryant after releasing a pass to Jared Cook.
Bradford walked off the field under his own power, and by all accounts was in good spirits in the locker room. Although he prefaced his remarks by saying he didn't want to speculate, Rams coach Jeff Fisher said during his postgame press conference that the injury might merely be a hyper-extension of the knee, in which case Bradford might be ready in a week or two.
That turned out not to be the case Sunday when an MRI showed additional damage to the anterior cruciate ligament in Bradford's left knee, the same knee that needed surgery for a torn ACL Oct. 20 at Carolina.
Without Bradford, veteran Shaun Hill becomes the starter for the Sept. 7 season opener against Minnesota and beyond. The Rams also have Austin Davis and rookie Garrett Gilbert on the roster at quarterback, but undoubtedly will be combing the waiver wires for veteran quarterback help, or possibly exploring a trade.
The Rams do have a surplus at defensive line, especially defensive end, which could be used in a trade for veteran help.
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