The Minnesota Vikings are scheduled to take on the Saint Louis Rams in their first game of the regular season this year. The Rams and their fans were counting on a healthy Sam Bradford to play quarterback for them this year. However, that hope quickly turned to dread on Saturday against the Cleveland Browns.
Sam Bradford was a former #1 overall pick by Saint Louis in the 2010 NFL Draft. Since then, he has struggled to stay on the field. He has missed 31 of his potential 80 starts over his 5 seasons. Last year, his season was cut short by a torn ACL in his left knee. Sadly, that knee didn’t hold up as he was forced to exit the game after this hit in the team’s third preseason game against the Cleveland Browns:
Fears were high that Sam Bradford had re-injured his ACL during that play, but hope remained that it was nothing serious. When news broke today that he had torn his ACL, the worst possible outcome had been realized. Here is a tweet from ESPN’s Chris Mortensen about the injury:
Rams QB Sam Bradford is out for season after MRI shows he did tear left knee ACL, per sources. Rams will announce later today. @ESPNNFL
— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) August 24, 2014
The Rams will have to turn to Shaun Hill to take over the duties at quarterback this year unless they can work out a trade or a better veteran option is released during cuts. Hill is a solid backup who has a 13-13 record as a starter in the NFL even though he hasn’t made a start since 2010. While there shouldn’t be a massive drop off in quality with Hill at the reigns, the Sam Bradford injury is a sad one for a player trying to hard to make a comeback.
We at The Viking Age would like to wish Sam Bradford a full and speedy recovery and wish him the best in the future.