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Sam Bradford to Miss 2014 Season with Torn ACL

Posted Aug 24, 2014

St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford suffered a torn ACL against the Cleveland Browns and will miss the entire 2014 season.

The Rams received unfortunate news on Sunday, as head coach Jeff Fisher announced quarterback Sam Bradford suffered a torn ACL in his left knee during Saturday night’s game in Cleveland. The injury ends Bradford’s season.

“Sam suffered an injury to the reconstructed knee that he had done less than a year ago,” 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,” Fisher added. “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.”

Bradford had looked good in his recovery, especially last week in his preseason debut. The quarterback connected on nine of his 12 passes for 101 yards and a touchdown. He was also developing a strong chemistry with big wide receivers Kenny Britt and Brian Quick, as evidenced by when he hit the wideouts in his game appearances.

“If you saw him at practice, or you saw him play the last two preseason games, I think you’d agree with me that he was 100-percent back and on his way,” Fisher said.

Bradford, who was entering his fifth pro season, has amassed 11,065 yards passing, 59 touchdowns, and 38 interceptions in his career with the Rams.

Nevertheless, as with all injuries, St. Louis will have to move on and find ways to win. Veteran Shaun Hill has done well in his three preseason appearances. And young QB Austin Davis completed 14 of 22 passes against Cleveland with two touchdowns and an interception.

“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.”

Hill has thrown for 6,381 yards, 41 touchdowns, and 23 interceptions in his career, as well as completing 61.9 percent of his passes.

“He’s got a wealth of experience,” Fisher said of Hill. “The last few years, he’s really only played in the preseason behind Matthew [Stafford in Detroit], but when he played, he played really well. He just makes good decisions, he’s mobile, and understands defenses. He’s very reliable.”

Fisher said that having Hill under center will not change anything scheme-wise, as the Rams will still be a run-oriented offense. And in any case, as Fisher said, games are won through all three phases -- offense, defense, and special teams.

“This team’s going to rally around Shaun,” Fisher said alluding to a similar declaration by former head coach Dick Vermeil in 1999 of Kurt Warner. “And we’re going to go play.”

“Players are unique nowadays,” Fisher added. “They feel Sam’s pain right now and his loss, but you’ve got to go on. That’s part of our business -- you go on. So everybody needs to pick it up a little bit more. That’s kind of cliche when these things happen, but this young group of guys will.”

The Rams will play their final preseason game of 2014 on Thursday against the Dolphins in Miami.

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