Coach Fisher confirms Bradford out for season

Coach Fisher confirms Bradford out for season

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St. Louis Rams head football coach Jeff Fisher answers questions about quarterback Sam Bradford to reporters during his day after game press conference at the team training facility in Earth City, Missouri on October 21, 2013. Bradford suffered a season ending injury after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. The injury occurred on a play in the fourth quarter against the Carolina Panthers. Fisher says the team is interviewing possible candidates to assist backup quarterback Kellen Clemens. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

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by Doug Vaughn / News 4 Sports

KMOV.com

Posted on October 21, 2013 at 7:55 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 21 at 8:36 PM

 (FootballStL) -- Rams Head Coach Jeff Fisher confirmed that Sam Bradford will need ACL surgery on his left knee, and that his starting quarterback is out for the season.

“He does have a torn ACL,” said Fisher. “The knee itself is in really good shape with the exception of the ACL, so we expect a full and complete recovery. He will be lost for this season, and he’ll be undergoing surgery to repair that sometime over the next two to three weeks, which is typical with this type of injury.”

Fisher says the Rams have no plans to trade for a quarterback. They will work out free agent quarterbacks, and possibly sign two of them to serve as back-ups behind Kellen Clemens. Fisher would not provide names of any of the free agents he’s considering signing. 

The 30-year-old Clemens is in his eighth year in the NFL. He’s been a career back-up. He has a total of seven touchdown passes, and 13 interceptions. His career quarterback rating is 62.2. Clemens will start the Rams next game on Monday night at home against Seattle. 

“I have a lot of faith in my abilities to play the position,” said Clemens. “I’ve worked really hard for the last several years. I’ve got some experience; this won’t be my first game. Excited about the opportunity, and first and foremost, excited about the way my teammates have responded over the last 24 hours.”

“Kellen brings a lot of great things to the table,” said defensive end Chris Long. “He’s a leader in his own right a guy people on this team respect. We’re going to rally around Kellen and move forward. Everybody on this team needs to step it up and bring that little extra to the table each week now.” 

Fisher emphasized that Bradford remains the Rams quarterback of the future. He said he expects to have him back for the start of the 2014 season, and the starting quarterback job will be his. For now, the Rams will rely on the “next man up” theory to get through the remainder of the season. 

“It’s a difficult day for us,” said Fisher. “But we’ll move forward. The challenge is obvious in this world where you have an impact player go down with a season ending injury, everybody else just has to step up – coaches included.

There was a book written in the late 90s – by I think the author’s name was Willie Jolley – the title is ‘A Setback is a Setup for Your Comeback.’ So, that’s what we’re going to do. Our comeback’s already in place.”

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