Oct 20, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford (8) is taken from the field on the cart in the fourth quarter against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Sam Bradford Tears ACL, Done For Season

It’s official. Multiple reports including those from ESPN’s Adam Schefter and NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport say that Sam Bradford did in fact tear his ACL and will sit out the remainder of the 2013 NFL season.

Bradford hurt his knee late in the 4th quarter of the Rams 30-15 loss to the Carolina Panthers while running out of  bounds to his right. Bradford was pulled down by Mike Mitchell as he was headed out of bounds and just watching you could tell he was in serious pain.

The Rams had hoped for the best, but many suspected this was an ACL and initial thoughts were not positive. When the team arrived in St. Louis and did the MRI their greatest fears were confirmed, they will be will have to finish the 2013 season without their franchise quarterback under center.

The Rams will have to go through some options and will certainly bring in some guys this week to try out for the spot. Currently the Rams just have Kellen Clemons on the roster. Initial thoughts are Tim Tebow and Vince Young, but with the trade deadline approaching, a trade could also happen.

This is very disappointing for Bradford as he was on track to have a career year this season and had looked like he had taken that next step that many had hoped. Bradford was on track for 3,856 yards, 32 touchdowns, and 9 interceptions. All of which would have been career bests for a full 16 game season.

The Rams will definitely keep on fighting even though it looks like their season may be over. They always say when one guy goes down , the next guy needs to be ready to go in and contribute. We all remember what happened in 1999, this may not compare to that, but hey, stranger things have happened. But for now it looks like Rams Nation will be in for another long, grueling season.


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  • http://www.cnsqonline.com cesarnoel

    I won’t be surprise if Isaiah Pead gets traded to a team needing a runningback.

  • http://www.cnsqonline.com cesarnoel

    I’m an optimistic guy and I still believe the Rams can still finish at the least 8-8 with good running game and tough defense as long as they have a QB who at best comparable to Trent Dilfer or Alex Smith.

    • joe shmoe

      they need one alot better then bradford. this team will end up no where near 500.
      but they have a chance depending on who they get. they would end the season way below 500 with bradford

      • Blaine Grisak

        I barely saw them going .500 with Bradford I see them winning maybe another game two if theyre lucky. Defense just isn’t as good as they were last year, and with young weapons on offense, it just seems unlikely with a backup QB

        • http://www.cnsqonline.com cesarnoel

          With Jeff Fisher’s even keel approach I won’t be surprise if they play hard and dedicate each game for Sam.

  • joe shmoe

    i hate to see anyone get hurt. but this will prove to be the best thing that could ever happen to the rams

    • Blaine Grisak


  • Gary Stewart

    well this was a bad day for ram fans washington won so the pick we get from them just went a bit lower while ours will go higher i assume but not for bad play just bad luck i dont see us getting much for pead he couldnt crack our lineup and proved fumble prone. fisher doesnt like vince young very much so that doesnt seem like a very likely situation. we could i suppose get tebow and win 2-3 more games this year but will that get us a good enough pick to get another qb in the draft next year? or do we hope sam comes back somehow better than when he left?? i will say this, he wasnt our big problem. tavon needs to catch more and drop less pead needs to start playing better this is just so dissapointing but the team has shown flashes and with 2 more early picks and some seasoning we should make a big improvement next year.

    • Blaine Grisak

      Just how many more high picks do we need? It seems like everybody on the team was at one point a high pick. I think we just need an offensive player that can take over the football game and right now we don’t have that. Bradford can only do so much on his own, and he certainly wont be 100% after this knee injury. I fear his time in St. Louis may be over.

    • Nathan Kearns

      Wouldn’t count on Bradford coming back “better” than he left, but he could certainly come back at the same level, with a new “refreshed” attitude and fight!

      Even with a moderately competent quarterback running the show, the St. Louis Rams should be able to squeeze out another 2 to 4 wins on the season, especially with some teams on the schedule floundering. Give the Rams a borderline-starting quarterback, and you are probably looking at the same range of wins, maybe more if the “emotion” carries them further.

      Either way, the St. Louis Rams are likely looking at two picks somewhere in the Top 15 of the draft. Assuming the young players continue to progress, there is no reason they cannot benefit from this season, and work towards a breakout year in 2014.

      • Gary Stewart

        nathan, when i said a bad day for rams fans that was in regard to this year i believe as you do. i completely agree that long run we are in pretty good shape my question, is it time to move on from bradford?? he will have value on the trade market and adding 2 mid to high first round picks could we parlay that to a franchise qb or do we sit tight use our 2 picks in the first round hope tavon and kids like isiah pead grow into their potential. we will get tj back next year hopefully he gets back end of this year to get additional seasoning our holes while smaller are still there which way do we go in the draft i just dont know!!

        • Nathan Kearns

          In my humble opinion, it would be absolutely foolish, and irresponsibly impatient to move on from Sam Bradford.

          Even with the two high picks, there are plenty of holes that need to be filled, and plenty of positions where veterans will start to get phased out (i.e. Finnegan, Dahl).

          While there are a handful of highly-anticipated prospects in the 2014 Draft, there are certainly no “sure-fire” or “once in a lifetime” quarterbacks in the draft. It wouldn’t necessarily be a bad idea to use a 2nd- to 4th- rounder on a top-tier backup/potential eventual starter. However, I think they might have gone that route anyways, even before the injury to Sam Bradford.

          Then again, I could be completely off…

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  • ricdram

    I was one of the few that wanted to
    keep Austin Davis over Clemens. AD
    was not playing well at the time of his
    release but I blame that on the OC &
    lack of playing time/experience. AD
    knows the O & can step in emedietly
    after Clemens fails(he will). I hope
    Fisher brings AD in & gives him a
    shot. Tebow is NOT the answer.
    NOTE : (1) I like our MOXIE vs. the
    Panthers though some of our young
    guys alowed themselves to be baited
    into retaliation penalties.(2) Tavon
    CAN be a great KR & (3) BQuick did
    drop a few but he CAN be BEAST if
    they let him play through these
    inconsistent lapses. I still say
    GO RAMS !