St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford is a former No. 1 overall pick, but he hasn’t been able to translate his draft pedigree and excellent college career with the Oklahoma Sooners into sustained NFL success. Part of that was due to issues early in his career, but it seems like Bradford is a competent QB who simply can’t get healthy. The Rams could have easily selected a top quarterback prospect in this year’s draft with the No. 2 overall pick, but Jeff Fisher and Les Snead stood by Bradford in some incredibly strong statements. There were occasional rumors floating around about how they were looking at some QB (this was largely focused on Johnny Manziel), but nobody really bought into these smokescreens ahead of comments from the horse’s mouth.
Bradford is facing yet another season with a season-ending injury, as he may have re-torn his ACL in yesterday’s preseason game against the Cleveland Browns. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that even though the Rams believe (as was reported earlier) that Bradford has not torn his ACL based on “initial testing”, there is now “real concern” that Bradford has indeed torn his ACL.
Schefter is always on point, so this is a very scary proposition for Rams fans and, more importantly, Bradford’s career. If he’s re-torn his ACL, then the Rams are most likely not inclined to stick with him for another season after this essentially being a make-or-break year. It’s a sad story, because he looked solid when he was healthy over the past two seasons. Hopefully Tennessee Titans former first-round pick Jake Locker doesn’t meet the same fate, since he’s also headed into a make-or-break year with significant injury concerns.