ST. LOUIS (AP) — Rams quarterback Sam Bradford has a torn ACL in his left knee for the second straight year and is out for the season, according to multiple reports.
Bradford was injured in the first quarter of Saturday night’s 33-14 preseason victory at Cleveland. He was hit on his left side by Browns defensive end Armonty Bryant as he threw a pass.
Bradford hopped briefly on his right leg before dropping to the ground.
ESPN and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch both reported the extent of the injury.
Coach Jeff Fisher is scheduled to meet with reporters on Sunday evening.
Bradford, the first overall pick of the 2010 draft, missed the last nine games last season after getting injured at Carolina. Veteran Shaun Hill is the backup and the Rams also have rookie Garrett Gilbert and Austin Davis on the roster.
After the game, Fisher thought Bradford might have hyperextended the knee. Bradford walked off the field, and then walked to the locker room after the injury.
Bradford had 14 touchdown passes and four interceptions last season. The Rams then upgraded their offensive line by drafting guard-tackle Greg Robinson No. 2 overall.
The 34-year-old Hill has thrown only 16 passes the past three seasons as the backup in Detroit. He made 10 starts in 2010 for the Lions in place of injured Matthew Stafford and beat the Rams for Detroit’s first win after a 0-4 start.