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.