Sam Bradford Injury: Are St Louis Rams Sunk Without QB?

John HickeyContributor IISeptember 11, 2011

Sam Bradford, Rams
Sam Bradford, RamsDilip Vishwanat/Getty Images

The St. Louis Rams couldn’t have scripted a nightmare scenario any worse than the one that greeted them in the Week 1 opener against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Bad enough that the Eagles hammered the Rams 31-13, but running back Steven Jackson went down with a hamstring injury one play into his season, wide receiver Danny Amendola left with a dislocated elbow and then quarterback Sam Bradford injured his hand, hitting a helmet on the follow through of releasing a pass.

There are plenty of reasons to believe the Rams are history if Bradford’s injury is anything more than an annoyance. He left the field during the game to have his fingers X-rayed, with A.J. Feeley taking over as the quarterback.

Feeley hadn’t played in an NFL regular season game since being an Eagles backup in 2007, and that just begins to tell the story of the trouble the Rams are in without Bradford.

St. Louis had one star in Jackson prior to 2010, but no success. After going 1-15 in 2009, Bradford stepped up and had the team playing for the playoffs on the final week of the 2010 season. He threw for over 3,000 yards, just the third rookie to do that, and he made the Rams a force in the NFC West.

Without him, the Rams have no experience at quarterback, and if Amendola is out for the year, as some reports out of the St. Louis camp suggest, and Jackson is going to miss time with his hamstring, it’s tough to know just where the Rams’ offense is going to come from.

The team had a strong preseason performance from third-string signal caller Thaddeus Lewis, but they released him before the season started. They’d better hope they have Lewis’ number on speed dial.