(FootballStL) – A disappointed Jeff Fisher walked into Rams Park Sunday to deliver the official confirmation that quarterback Sam Bradford would miss the entire season due to a tear in his left knee, the same knee that he had surgically repaired last season.
“It was a coach’s nightmare,” Fisher acknowledged, “Personally, it’s devastating for Sam.”
Bradford was injured during the first drive in Saturday night’s preseason game against the Cleveland Browns. He left the field under his own power and did not return to the game. Initial reports were positive, but that more tests would be conducted Sunday. However, the news turned completely around and ruled Bradford out for the season.
Fisher said Bradford was not at Rams Park, instead electing to spend time with his family. With only one year left on Bradford’s rookie contract, Saturday could have been the last time Bradford plays for the Rams.
The Rams will look to back-up Shaun Hill for their starter for week 1. In an eerily similar situation to the 1999 season, Fisher took a page out of then coach Dick Vermeil, saying, “We’re going to rally around Shaun.” Replace Shaun with Kurt Warner’s name and the condition is almost identical.
Hill, 34, was signed as a free agent by the Rams during the off season. Hill has not started since 2010 with the Detroit Lions, but he does have a 62.0 completion percentage and a career QB rating of 85.9.
“He’s ready for the challenge,” Fisher continued, “He’s ready for the opportunity.” Fisher continued by explaining the Rams were better off with Hill since he already knows the offensive system.
“It makes no sense to jump and react right now,” Fisher said about the possibility of the Rams trading for another quarterback, “We’re going to take our time. Time is on our side right now.”
Fisher did not rule out whether or not the Rams would look for a trade or to claim someone off waivers as teams prepare to make cuts.
The Rams also updated the injury statuses of Michael Brockers, Kendall Langford, Roger Saffold and Trumaine Johnson. Fisher said Brockers, Langford and Saffold could play in the Rams’ final preseason game Thursday while Johnson will miss 4-6 weeks for a torn MCL.