There were indications after St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford limped off the field during their game against the Cleveland Browns on Saturday that the former No. 1 overall pick did not suffer extensive damage to the very same ACL that he tore last season. 

That optimism has given in to concern.

If Bradford did indeed suffer a torn ACL, his 2014 season would be over before it starts. In that worst-case scenario, veteran Shaun Hill would take over as the Rams starting quarterback.

It’s potentially a huge blow to a team that came into training camp with playoff aspirations. The Rams have done everything possible to build a strong offense around Bradford, a sign that they believed he would be able to turn around what had been a pedestrian career.

With that said, quarterback isn’t necessarily the strength of this football team. And Hill isn’t all that much of a downgrade from Bradford…at least from a short-term perspectice.

We will keep you updated as more information becomes available.

Update: According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, Bradford did indeed tear his ACL and is out for the season.

This means that Hill is currently the Rams starter. We can also fully expect general manager Les Snead and Co. to address this position either in free agency or through a trade.