Report: Rams remain concerned about Bradford's ACL, despite initial tests

Aug 24, 2:25 PM

Initial tests on the injured knee of St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford indicated that there was no damage to the ACL. Despite which, the team remains concerned that the ligament may in fact be torn, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Bradford continues to undergo testing as doctors try to determine the severity of his injury.

More to come . . .

Aug 24, 6:45 PM

Rams confirm Sam Bradford out for season after tearing left ACL

Aug 24, 6:45 PM

The St. Louis Rams confirmed the bad news surrounding quarterback Sam Bradford on Sunday, announcing that he will be out for the entire season after re-tearing his left ACL.

Bradford sustained the injury in the first quarter of Saturday's 33-14 preseason victory over the Cleveland Browns. Initial tests were promising, but the tear was later revealed in an MRI.

According to an earlier report by MMQB's Peter King, the Rams are "leaning toward" opening the season with Shaun Hill as their starter and Austin Davis as their backup. 

While Fisher indicated the Rams would be moving forward with Hill as their starter, he also left open the possibility of acquiring a quarterback via trade or free agency.

"It makes no sense to jump and react right now ... we're going to take our time," Fisher added. "Time is on our side right now as compared to when Kellen (Clemens) came in last year."

The 34-year-old Hill has started 26 games over the course of his NFL career, completing 61.9 percent of his passes for 6,381 yards with 41 touchdowns and 23 interceptions.

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Aug 24, 3:53 PM

Report: Rams' Sam Bradford to miss 2014 season after tearing left ACL

Aug 24, 3:53 PM

The news surrounding Sam Bradford's injured left knee took a turn for the worse Sunday as MRI's revealed the St. Louis Rams quarterback re-tore his surgically repaired ACL.

The Rams were optimistic following the injury after initial tests did not reveal any significant damage, but the latest news means the team will be in search of a viable starting quarterback with under two weeks before the start of the season.

Shaun Hill is currently listed behind Bradford on the team's depth chart, and according to MMQB's Peter King, the Rams are "leaning toward" opening the season with him as their starter.

The injury occurred in the first quarter of Saturday's preseason game against the Cleveland Browns when Armonty Bryant tackled him and collided awkwardly with Bradford's knee.

Bradford suffered the same injury last season in Week 7 and was forced to undergo season-ending surgery.

The Rams kick-off their season Sept. 7 when they host the Minnesota Vikings.

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Aug 23, 8:40 PM

Report: Initial tests show no ACL damage for Rams' Sam Bradford; MRI scheduled Sunday

Aug 23, 8:40 PM

St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford is scheduled to undergo an MRI on his surgically-repaired left knee after limping off the field during the first quarter of Saturday's game against the Cleveland Browns.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported initial tests on the 26-year-old revealed no damage to his ACL. 

More tests are expected Sunday, including an MRI, but Rams head coach Jeff Fisher appeared confident the injury is not serious.

"I can't speculate but it appeared just to be a hyperextension of the same knee," Fisher said. "He's walking around fine inside right now. That's all I can tell you."

Bradford missed nine games last year due to a torn ACL, so any injury to the same leg comes with added concern. The team confirmed that the injury was indeed to Bradford's knee, but did not provide further information.

The injury occurred when Bradford was hit by Browns defensive end Armonty Bryant after releasing a pass. He appeared to favor his left leg immediately following the tackle.

Bradford completed four of nine passes for 77 yards prior to his exit. He was replaced by backup quarterback Shaun Hill.