(NEW YORK) — The St. Louis Rams are fearing the worst as ESPN reports quarterback Sam Bradford has injured his left knee by tearing his ACL, and will miss the rest of the season.
Bradford suffered the injury late in the fourth quarter during the team’s loss to the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.
With 5:27 left, Bradford scrambled down the sideline when safety Mike Mitchell pushed Bradford out of bounds, causing him to land awkwardly on his knee as he fell down.
This is a tough blow for a Rams team struggling to stay relevant in the NFC West, as well as Bradford who was facing a big year with the Rams.
At 3-4, the Rams are in third place in the West, but Bradford was enjoying arguably his best season in the NFL so far.
The 25-year-old Bradford was completing a career-high 60.7% of his passes as well as a 90.9 quarterback rating.
Backup quarterback Kellen Clemens is expected to replace Bradford as the team’s starter. Clemens hasn’t started a game since 2011.
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