CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford will undergo surgery in a few weeks for a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. His season is over.
That means Kellen Clemens will start in the Rams' next game, an Oct. 28 nationally televised Monday night contest against NFC West power Seattle.
"It's a difficult day for us, but we'll move forward," coach Jeff Fisher said at a Monday evening press conference. "We met with the team this morning, explained to them the situation and the challenge is obvious in this world where you have an impact player go down with a season-ending injury.
"Everybody else just has to step up, coaches included. Everybody in the building has to pick it up. And we'll move forward."
Bradford's injury leaves the Rams with only Clemens on the active roster, so the team will add another quarterback this week. Actually, Fisher said the team could sign two QBs to the roster.
In fact, Fisher said: "There is a good possibility we would sign more than one."
Contrary to some speculation Sunday night, signing Tim Tebow to the roster is not an option according to sources familiar with the situation. Fisher said Monday that he would not discuss names -- whether it be QBs the Rams were interested in, or those the team was not interested in.
Fisher then quipped: "There's a lot of speculation out there, and everybody's talking. And everybody knows more than we do right now."
Fisher also said definitively that the team would not trade for a quarterback.
The Rams issued a statement Monday morning confirming that Bradford had suffered a torn ACL and would miss the rest of the season. He will be placed on the injured reserve list in the near future.
Bradford suffered the injury landing awkwardly on a fourth-quarter quarter scramble in Sunday's 30-15 loss to Carolina at Bank of America Stadium. He was tackled on the play by safety Mike Mitchell, who shoved Bradford out of bounds on a legal hit, but a hit that probably didn't need to be made.
Although most observers, particularly those on the national scene, have downgraded Bradford's play because of an awful performance in a Week 4 Thursday night loss to San Franisco, he had shown noticeable improvement this season and was on pace for career highs in most categories.
He finishes the season having completed 60.7 percent of his passes (159 of 262), for 1,687 yards, 14 touchdowns and only four interceptions, with a passer rating of 90.9.
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