(KTVI) - The St. Louis Rams organization says Rams quarterback Sam Bradford has a torn ACL.
An MRI conducted late Sunday evening confirmed the injury in Bradford's left knee. Sam Bradford was tackled on the Rams sideline and injured his left knee in the 4th quarter and did not return to the game.
Bradford is now out for the season.
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In the game, which was filled with penalties and fights, the Panthers scored on the game’s first play from scrimmage, Sam Bradford’s long pass downfield was tipped and intercepted by Captain Munnerlyn and returned for a touchdown. The Rams never held the lead in the game.
In the 3rd quarter, a fight broke out between several players on both teams. It resulted in Chris Long being ejected from the game.
The loss drops the Rams record to 3-4 on the season.
The notion was picking up steam on Twitter, Facebook, and internet sites, Monday: Tim Tebow coming to the Rams in the wake of quarterback, Sam Bradford, being lost for the season with a knee injury.
Coach Jeff Fisher said the Rams were shopping for backup quarter-backsbut he wouldn't name names.
He gave fans a little pep talk during his Monday night radio show at Buffalo Wild Wings in Creve Coeur.
He dropped a new line on fans, saying, “give ‘em hell with Kellen”, referring to Rams QB, Kellen Clemens, who will take Bradford’s place in the starting lineup.
Like Rams fans, the coach still seemed a bit shell-shocked; no more #8 in the huddle for the rest of the season.
It was an innocent looking trot of bounds for Bradford in the 4th quarter at Carolina, Sunday.
But his left knee twisted as a Panthers played yanked him down, tearing Bradford’s ACL.
“His face when he writhing in pain, and he was biting his hand. I thought he was gone when he started doing that. It didn’t look bad going down, but he looked like he was in a lot of pain,” said Rams fan, Barbara Barrett, who came to Buffalo Wild Wings to see Coach Fisher.
“He throws very good deep balls. He can also be fast at some times,” said her son, Zach, who was wearing a Bradford jersey
“I don’t think they’re going to win this year without him,” lamented fan, John Martin, who wondered if the Rams should draft a QB in the Spring. “I don’t know if (Bradford’s) their franchise quarterback. I think next year if they get a chance to get a really good guy, the guy from Louisville or someone like that, I wouldn’t mind taking a shot at him.”
But the coach – and Bradford’s teammates said, ‘whoa, hold off on the “doom and gloom”.
Though Bradford had yet to do an interview since the injury, those closest to him on the team said he was already moving forward – looking to help the team win – as he goes through surgery and rehab.
“He’s onto the next week just like everybody else. Only thing is, now, this time, he’s going to be the one cheering for us, making sure he can help in any way that he can to get us ready for the next game,” said Rams Tackle, Rodger Saffold.
“There’s no reason to throw any towels here. We just lost a very, very, good football player. I think collectively we’re all going to have to take a step forward,” said QB, Kellen Clemens.
“There`s a book written in the late 90's ... The title is a 'setback is a setup for your comeback' … our comeback is already in place,” Coach Fisher said at a news conference. “It was unfortunate. But (Sam will) be back. He`ll be back, and he`s our quarterback.”
He said the Rams were “working out” backup QB candidates and may sign two new quarterbacks this week.