For the second year in a row, the St. Louis Rams will be without the services of Sam Bradford. In another twist of fate, the former overall No.1 draft pick in the 2010 draft, tore his ACL in his left knee on Saturday. It was the same knee that Bradford injured in 2013.
The Rams confirmed that diagnosis on Sunday afternoon, thus leaving the Rams trying to find their second option at quarterback. Although NFL teams are wired to move on, this has to be a devastating blow to the whole St. Louis organization.
The injury means Bradford will miss the entire 2014 season, "Unfortunately, I can confirm that we have lost Sam for the year," Fisher said. "Very, very disappointed for Sam." While this may be the case, the last time St. Louis was this disappointed about an injured starting quarterback in the preseason, they found a gem in Kurt Warner.
During Bradford’s short four year career, he’s started and played in 16 games twice. The other two seasons were cut short to a combined 17 games. Now, in his fifth and most important season to date, Bradford will miss the entire year.
At 26 years of age, Sam Bradford has plenty of time to get his career back on track. However, some may think that his career is destined to be injury riddled throughout.
There’s a great possibility that Bradford won’t be back with St. Louis next season, so if that’s the case, his tenure with the Rams will have been disappointing. In four season’s Bradford went (18-30-1) as a starter.
So far, Bradford has thrown 59 touchdowns and 38 interceptions. His best season came in 2012 when he threw for 21 touchdowns and 13 interceptions, but last season was shaping up to be phenomenal. Before injuring his knee in the seventh game of the 2013 season, Bradford had 14 touchdowns to 4 interceptions. He was also over 60% passing which is the highest of his career.
Sam Bradford has not completed four of his last six football seasons dating back to his final year at Oklahoma.