Allen Kim

Sam Bradford Out For The Year With Torn ACL

Created on Aug. 24, 2014 5:00 PM EST

Another year, another torn ACL for St. Louis Rams QB Sam Bradford. There were reports that the team was optimistic about Bradford’s knee after he went down to injury in Saturday night’s preseason game against the Cleveland Browns, but upon further examination, the worst was realized. Initial tests showed that the ligament in his left knee was intact, but a follow-up MRI confirmed that he re-tore his left ACL.

“Sam suffered an injury to the reconstructed knee that he had done less than a year ago,” coach Jeff Fisher said. “I met with him this morning. He’s left the building to spend time with his parents, and I really can’t give you any timetable as to when he’s going to have this procedure done.

“We’ve got two issues here, I think. We lost our starting quarterback. But for Sam personally, it’s devastating. The news was devastating for him this morning, as you can appreciate. Anyone who’s gone through that procedure and the rehab understands, to have it happen again within the calendar year is very, very difficult. So we’re thinking of Sam.”

The fifth-year pro has now missed 31 out of 80 possible games throughout his first four seasons. Signed to a six-year, $78 million deal with $50 million guaranteed as a rookie in 2010, he’s owed nearly $14 million this year and $13 million in 2015. While he’s only 26, he could very well be cut by the Rams next season.

Veteran backup QB Shaun Hill will now be assuming the starting quarterback position. The 34-year-old has not started a game since 2010, so the Rams will likely rely on Zac Stacy and the team’s rushing attack to carry the load on offense.

“Shaun’s our guy,” Fisher said. “He’s got experience and we’ve got all the confidence in the world in him. We have around our quarterback position right now probably as good of talent as we’ve had since we came here. And Shaun’s excited about that, and I know he’ll benefit from that.”

There are some rumblings that the Rams are looking into the possibility of trading for Mark Sanchez or Kirk Cousins. While Fisher may not think so, it certainly makes sense as Bradford can no longer be counted on as the team’s franchise quarterback moving forward.

“It makes no sense to jump and react right now and try to fill the hole, whatever it costs,” he said. “We're going to take our time and evaluate this. There's going to be some quarterbacks that are getting released and there may or may not be some quarterbacks that have trade value. We just don't know. It's way too soon.”

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