ESPN St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford is out for the season after an MRI on Sunday night showed he tore the ACL in his left knee, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.The injury occurred late in the fourth quarter of the team’s 30-15 loss to the Carolina Panthers. Bradford suffered the injury as he scrambled toward the sideline on a second-down play with 5:27 left. Carolina safety Mike Mitchell converged on Bradford before he stepped out of bounds, and the QB landed awkwardly on the knee as he fell to the ground. Rams coach Jeff Fisher spoke to Bradford after the game but didn’t want to speculate on the nature of the injury before further testing. “I’m not going to deal with hypotheticals right now until I find out what really is going on with him,” Fisher said. “It makes no sense to rush to a conclusion until we know. We’ll get a medical and then we’ll go from there. He was in significant pain on the sideline.”Bradford was on crutches with the knee in a large, black, ankle-to-thigh brace as he left the locker room. According to Fisher, all of his quarterbacks are required to wear a brace on the left knee anytime the team is wearing pads. At the time of the injury, Bradford was 21 of 30 for 255 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Kellen Clemens replaced Bradford and was 2 of 4 for 19 yards. Clemens is the only other quarterback on the Rams’ roster or practice squad. “I think we’re all talking about ‘ifs’ right now,” Clemens said. “Obviously, if called upon this week after a week of practice and an opportunity to work with the guys, we’ll be ready to go.”
This is a huge injury for the St. Louis Rams (3-4) and with Kellen Clemens as the team’s backup, their season is essentially over and any hope of a run to the playoffs is out the window. Do not count the Rams out of the Teddy Bridgewater or Marcus Mariota quarterback sweepstakes in the 2014 draft, with their own first round pick and the Redskins first rounder, they have the ability to manipulate the draft and trade up to get a signal caller. By the end of the season the Rams should have two selections that will end up in the top fifteen of the draft. If I’m a Rams fan I hope the offense sputters under Clemens, so the team has reason to terminate offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer at the end of the season, and can bring in a coordinator who will take some risks offensively.