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It's hard to remember anything from St. Louis' Week 3 preseason contest other than the injury to Bradford—he was injured on a very mild collision with a Browns defensive lineman, which resulted in a torn ACL.
What makes it more memorable is the deja vu.
Bradford tore his ACL against the Carolina Panthers last October and was forced to miss the remainder of the 2013 season. He undoubtedly sacrificed numerous hours rehabbing and getting ready for the upcoming season, so it's a devastating blow for Bradford to have to endure the same injury twice within the same calendar year.
Losing a starting quarterback obviously trumps everything, but Bradford's injury wasn't the only scare from that game.
Cornerback Trumaine Johnson had a frightening knee injury and had to be carted off the field. Miraculously, he merely suffered a sprained MCL and will be back before midseason.
Guard Rodger Saffold, as well as defensive linemen Kendall Langford and Michael Brockers, also went down with injuries and did not return to the game, but none of the injuries were serious.
However, if you look past the injuries, the Rams had a very encouraging showing on the football field.
The run game was excellent. Benny Cunningham ran with the first-team offense and had 32 yards on six carries. Undrafted rookie Trey Watts stole the show in the second half with 36 yards on nine carries, including a nice 12-yard touchdown run.
Wide receiver Brian Quick showed up for a second week in a row. He had three catches for 41 yards on the first drive, including two key first-down grabs, and he added a six-yard touchdown grab later in the game. Kenny Britt made his presence known as well—he had two receptions of 30-plus yards.
At quarterback, Austin Davis returned to the old gunslinger form that we witnessed from him during his rookie year. He had 198 yards and two touchdown passes.
On defense, the Rams limited Cleveland's leading rusher to 17 yards. The longest pass for the Browns in the game was for a mere 17 yards, and the Rams were in the backfield all day.
The solid play hardly makes up for the loss of Bradford, but at least it's something.