In Saturday night’s contest between the St. Louis Rams and Cleveland Browns, Sam Bradford suffered quite a scare on the first series when he was hit by Armonty Bryant who beat Jake Long off the edge. The fifth year quarterback crouched on the field in pain before limping off toward the locker room.
After the game, head coach Jeff Fisher said that he thought Bradford only hyperextended his knee saying,
“I can’t speculate but it appeared just to be a hyperextension of the same knee,” Fisher said. “He’s walking around fine inside right now. That’s all I can tell you. We’ll go back and do tests tomorrow and we’re optimistic for his quick return,”
However, contrary to what Fisher said, ESPN’s Adam Schefter has reported that Bradford may in fact have once again torn his ACL.
Despite Rams QB Sam Bradford thinking his ACL was intact from initial testing, there is real concern that it is not and it could be torn.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 24, 2014
This is a huge blow for the Rams as they were looking to take the next leap with Bradford at the helm. The fifth year quarterback was out for the majority of last year with a torn ACL, and the team was really looking forward to having their franchise quarterback return to the field. Bradford was having a pretty good preseason before his injury against the Browns.
We have yet to hear official word from the Rams on what Bradford’s status is, but according to Schefter it doesn’t look to good which is contrary to his earlier report in which he said that the Rams dodged a bullet. Jeff Fisher is expected to confirm the news at his press conference later today.
The Rams will now either have to stick with veteran backup quarterback Shaun Hill or trade for a viable starting quarterback. Most likely Bradford’s career in St. Louis is over as an ACL injury to the same knee is hard to come back from and he has a very cuttable contract next season.