Clemens steps in as Rams lose Bradford to knee injury for the season
St. Louis Rams will lose the services of quarterback Sam Bradford for the rest of the season. Bradford told reporters on Wednesday that he will go under the knife to repair a torn left knee ligament. Bradford further stated that he expects to return to full action for the season opener next season.
“That's the plan,” Bradford said. “Like I said, just taking it day by day, trying to get better each day during the rehab process, and I'll be back when I'm back.”
In Bradford’s absence backup quarterback Kelly Clemens will assume responsibility. Clemens will make his second straight start of the season against the Tennessee Titans this weekend.
The surgery will take place under the watchful and trusted eyes of Dr. James Andrews, who was previously responsible for surgery on Bradford’s shoulder back when he was at Oklahoma. Bradford further informed that it was a clean tear and that he should be able to recover without any unexpected setbacks.
Bradford, who was on the sidelines and even attended the practices on Monday night, said that football was his life and passion which is why he was keen on making a quick recovery.
“Somebody asked me like, 'Why are you still here?' It's like, what else am I going to do?” Bradford said. “Football is all I have, so if I weren't up here helping out, watching film, I honestly have no idea what I would do.
“It sure as anything beats sitting at home watching TV, listening to music, so I'll be up here until they kick me out.”
Bradford picked up the knee injury against the Carolina Panthers in Week 7. Bradford was on the scramble in the second half when he tackled out of bounds by Mike Mitchell. Bradford refused to blame Mitchell for the injury.
“[My foot] just kind of got stuck and the rest of my body kept going, and that's what caused the injury,” Bradford said. “It's not like he came over and tried to kill me, either," Bradford said. "So I think it was a clean play.”
Bradford claims he was unaware of the taunts Mitchell was throwing at him after the play, but he did remember Harvey Dahl rush to his aid.
“I would like to think that he didn't know that I was injured, but I know what Harvey went up and did,” Bradford said. “I really appreciate that, and it means a lot when your guys stick up for you.”