Sam Bradford of the St. Louis Rams has suffered a torn ACL and will miss the remainder of the 2013 season.
After some speculation, the team confirmed the devastating news:
An MRI confirmed that #Rams QB Sam Bradford suffered a torn Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL). He will miss the remainder of the 2013 season.— St. Louis Rams (@STLouisRams) October 21, 2013
The Rams provided a postgame statement from head coach Jeff Fisher:
"He was in significant pain on the sideline." - Fisher on Bradford #STLvsCAR— St. Louis Rams (@STLouisRams) October 20, 2013
The former No. 1 pick was having the best season of his four-year career prior to the injury. He posted career highs in completion percentage (60.7 percent) and passer rating (90.9) and was on pace to set new personal bests in passing yards and touchdowns as well.
Bradford's 14 touchdown passes currently ties him for fifth in the NFL.
The injury occurred during the fourth quarter of a loss to the Carolina Panthers. The quarterback scrambled down the right side of the field for a one-yard gain before being forced out of bounds by safety Mike Mitchell.
The quarterback landed awkwardly on the sideline and was in obvious pain as soon as he hit the ground. Per ESPN's Andrew Brandt, Bradford is under contract through the 2015 season:
Sam Bradford has torn ACL, per @STLouisRams. Bradford in fourth year of six-year rookie deal, scheduled to earn $14M next year.— Andrew Brandt (@adbrandt) October 21, 2013
This injury puts the Rams in a dire situation going forward. The loss to Carolina ends a two-game winning streak and drops them to 3-4 on the season, which is three games out of first place in a competitive NFC West.
More importantly, St. Louis has a clear lack of depth at quarterback with only Kellen Clemens listed as a backup. The former New York Jets player has a 4-8 record and a 62.2 passer rating in his career.
As he steps into the starting spot, the squad will likely have to lean heavily on the newfound rushing attack led by rookie Zac Stacy.
Additionally, the Rams will probably be in the market to add at least one veteran free-agent quarterback to fill up the roster.
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