On Sunday, St.Louis quarterback Sam Bradford added another injury to his resume when he tore his ACL against the Carolina Panthers in the Rams 30-15 loss. He was pushed while going out of bounds by Panthers’ safety Mike Mitchell who taunted St.Louis players while he lay on the ground.
In a postgame interview, head coach Jeff Fisher said Bradford was in “significant pain” on the sideline. The MRI Sunday night showed it was the worst possible injury for Bradford and the Rams.
Bradford completed 21 of 30 passes for 255 yards and a touchdown. Veteran backup QB Kellen Clemens came in relief of Bradford and completed 2 of 4 passes for 19 yards, but he was also sacked twice in limited action.
Bradford ends his season having completed 60.7% of his passes for 241 yards per game, 6.44 yards per attempt, 14 TD’s and just 4 interceptions with a 90.9 Passer Rating. The injury likely will end his time with the STL in my opinion. Fisher didn’t draft Bradford and he likely will want to go out and find a free agent QB or possibly draft one. And it isn’t all bad for Bradford, he should be able to find a job relatively easy at the young age of 25.
St.Louis let Steven Jackson walk in the offseason and they have struggled to find a consistent running game, making Bradford’s numbers even better than they actually look. The Rams average just 70.6 yards per game (29th in the League) and 3.2 yards per carry (30th).
They should attempt to trade for Jason Campbell. Campbell is a solid veteran they could trade for and bring in as a backup. If Clemens struggles and Campbell picks up the playbook quickly, he could start. Campbell has shown an ability to escape pressure throughout his 7 year career, he averages 4.9 yards per carry and has 6 TD’s. Something that is needed since Rams QB’s have been sacked 17 times.
He is signed until the end of the 2014 season after signing a 2 year deal in March, but the Rams could release him after the season since contracts aren’t guaranteed. Or they could keep him and he could be the transition starting QB if they draft a QB next April. Acquiring him just makes sense.
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