St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher today addressed Sam Bradford’s torn ACL injury sustained in last night’s pre-season exhibition against Cleveland and confirmed that the starting quarterback will miss the entire 2014 NFL season as reported by numerous media outlets.
“Unfortunately, I can confirm that we have lost Sam for the year,” said Fisher during Sunday’s press conference at Rams Park in Earth City. “(I’m) very, very disappointed for Sam. We’ve got two issues here, I think. We lost our starting quarterback, but for Sam personally, it’s devastating.”
Bradford, 26, suffered the injury with 8:20 left in the first quarter against the Browns Saturday night. Following a hit from Cleveland defensive lineman Antonio Bryant, the downed starting quarterback was clutching his left knee. He would be able to leave the field on his own power but would not return for the night.
“ACL injuries, they’re all different,” Fisher said. “This was just kind of a hyper-extension. With impact coming from the outside, and the knee was locked, and something has to give and, unfortunately, the ACL gave.”
Bradford, who missed nine games last season with a torn ACL in the same knee injured Saturday, underwent a MRI early Sunday. Fisher confirmed meeting with him following the procedure.
“The news was devastating to him,” said Fisher. “Anyone who has gone through that procedure and the rehab understands, and to have it happen again within the calendar year is very, very difficult.”
Before the injury, Bradford hit four of nine passes for 77 yards.
“We’re thinking of Sam,” said Fisher. “I really can’t give you any time table as to when he’s going to have that procedure done.”
Fisher confirmed that back-up quarterback Shaun Hill will take over Bradford’s duties. Hill completed two of six passes for 45 yards Saturday night in limited action.
“We more forward as a football team,” Fisher said. “Shaun’s our guy. We brought him here. He’s got experience and we’ve got all of the confidence in the world in him.”
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