The St. Louis Rams finally got into the win column Saturday night as they defeated the Cleveland Browns 33-14. The Rams dominated almost every category, however when it came to the only stat that matters in the preseason, the Rams fell behind as they suffered injuries to key starting players.
In the first half quarterback Sam Bradford went down with a knee injury, sources say it was not the ACL. Following the game, Fisher thought Bradford hyperextended his knee, but will wait for more tests on Sunday.
Bradford played the majority of the opening drive before going down, completing four of nine passes for 77 yards which included a 36 yard strike to wide receiver Brian Quick on a third and 25. Backup quarterback, Shaun Hill, then came in the to complete the series setting up a Greg Zuerlein field goal.
Also coming up on the injury list were cornerback Trumaine Johnson injured his knee, which looked to be serious, and offensive lineman Rodger Saffold suffered his annual ankle injury . Kendall Langford and Michael Brockers also sustained minor injuries.
With Bradford’s status in doubt, Hill didn’t get a lot of time, therefore third quarterback Austin Davis played the majority of the game for the Rams and played well for that matter. Unlike years past when the Rams were forced to rely on their receivers to come up big and make plays, they showed maturity and did just that against the Browns.
Davis threw two touchdown passes in the second quarter, one of which was a 75-yard catch and run from Chris Givens near the end of the half to put the Rams up 20-0.
Opposed to the first to preseason games, the Rams defense played much better against the Browns first team offense creating two turnovers and only allowing a total of 178-yards. The Rams front seven and secondary gave Bryan Hoyer headaches throughout the night.
In the second half Garrett Gilbert saw some time and lead the Rams on a scoring drive that was capped off by a Tre Watts touchdown run to seal the game for the Rams and give them their first preseason win of the season.
As mentioned earlier however, the Rams have to hope that Bradford’s injury isn’t serious and their starters will be ready to go by week one. It’s a shame when players get hurt in games that really don’t matter in the preseason, and unfortunately the Rams fell under that spell a few too many times Saturday night.
The St. Louis Rams close out the preseason Thursday night in Miami against the Dolphins.
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