The St. Louis Rams will be without their starting quarterback for all of 2014. Sam Bradford left Saturday night’s game against the Cleveland Browns with what appeared to be an injury to his left ACL. While initially people within the Rams’ organization were optimistic, news has been confirmed that Bradford will indeed miss the duration of the 2014 season after re-injuring his ACL.
Bradford’s injury is terrible news for the Rams, as St. Louis seemed to finally have the pieces in place for a successful season. Bradford, who played very well in 2013 before his injury, seemed ready to take a big step forward. Head coach Jeff Fisher upgraded the skill positions, and bolstered the offensive line in the off-season with the hope that Bradford would play for the entire season.
Bradford’s health was always a question mark, considering Bradford has only played in only started 49 games in his five year career. However, the Rams surely weren’t preparing for a season ending injury before week one of the regular season.
With Bradford injured for 2014, veteran Shaun Hill will have to step into the role of starting quarterback. At least for the time being.
Hill, who has started 26 games in his career, isn’t an awful quarterback, but he’s not the ideal solution in St. Louis.
Don’t be surprised to see St. Louis make a trade and acquire some more depth at the quarterback position. It’s not out of the realm of possibility to see the Rams trade for a quarterback like Kirk Cousins or Ryan Mallett. Mallett is expendable in the Patriot’s offense, and I’m sure Jeff Fisher would love to get a reliable quarterback under center.
The Rams still remain a talented young team, and their defense is very, very good. Despite that, the defense will only be able to take the Rams so far. Without Bradford running the show in St. Louis, the Rams will likely fail to string together too many wins in 2014.
As Rich Eisen said in a recent tweet, hopefully Shaun Hill has some Kurt Warner in him.