The St. Louis Rams already have their work cut out for them, considering they are in arguably one of the toughest divisions in the NFL. But after it was announced that Sam Bradford has torn his ACL for the second season in a row, things look even harder if the Rams hope to usurp the 49ers, Cardinals, or defending Super Bowl Champion Seahawks this upcoming season. The injury to Bradford occurred after he was hit by Armonty Bryant, and the injury was to the same knee that resulted in the quarterback missing the second half of last season as well.
Since entering the NFL, the former Heisman Trophy winner and NFL Offensive Rookie Of The Year has seen mixed results. After being selected with the #1 overall pick by St. Louis, Bradford would set the NFL record for most consecutive passes without an interception by a rookie (169), as well the most completions (354) by a first-year player as well. However, his personal success did not transition into the same regards for the Rams.
In 2011, the Rams started the preseason 4-0, though they finished the regular season just 2-14. The Rams are now 1-2 after their win against Cleveland on Saturday, but the as to who may be under center moving forward is up for debate.
As it looks now, it appears as if Shaun Hill will replace Bradford. After Bradford’s departure on Saturday, Hill went 2-6 for 45 yards. Before this season, Hill backed up Matthew Stafford in Detroit, and the Rams signing him was likely only to be a backup plan in the event that something happened to Bradford. Last year it was Kellen Clemmons that stepped in for Bradford after his injury, but he now finds himself in San Diego backing up Phillip Rivers.
In the event that Hill doesn’t work out, the Lions also have Austin Davis on the roster. Davis was originally signed by the Rams in 2012 after not being drafted, but then went on to be a member of the Dolphins last season. However, he found his way back to St. Louis and could be looking at making an impact on this team if given the chance. Though it was obviously against a bevy of second- and third-stringers, Davis did throw 2 touchdowns and for 198 yards as he led the Rams past Cleveland on Saturday.
The other thing that the Rams can hope for is that a host of other quarterbacks may be available in the coming weeks. They currently sit at 60/1 odds to win the Super Bowl this season, and those numbers could fluctuate quite a bit depending on what they decide to do next. You can check in with sportspicks.com handicappers to see what the Rams decide to do and how it could affect their odds moving forward. And don’t forget to make your picks with the Million Dollar Challenge, for your chance to win huge cash prizes.
It’s worth noting that after the Rams finished 2-14 in 2011, they did have the #2 overall pick in the NFL Draft. And while many speculated for quite some time as to whether or not the Rams would select Robert Griffin III, they instead traded away the pick to the Redskins. But as Bradford has shown to be injury prone over his career, it may finally be time that they start looking elsewhere moving forward.