Sam Bradford, the St. Louis Rams starting quarterback, left the game against Carolina with a knee injury that ProFootballTalk.com reported Sunday was a torn ACL. The website did not report the identity of its source, but Bradford left the stadium in a full-length leg brace. The Seahawks play the Rams next Monday in St. Louis.
In the fourth quarter, Bradford was hit going out of bounds and appeared to pin his knee as he fell. Panthers safety Mike Mitchell made the hit and taunted Bradford after the play but drew no penalty. In a flag- and fight-filled game, Carolina won 30-15 as the Rams (3-4) had three turnovers, including a pick-six on Bradford’s first pass.
“It was terrible, just terrible,” Rams tight end Jared Cook told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch about the Bradford hit. “I don’t think it was right. If it was any other quarterback I think (the refs) would have protected him. But who am I to say?
“I’m not saying it was a cheap shot, but usually when a quarterback is going out of bounds, or when they’re giving themselves up (you don’t hit the quarterback). So I don’t understand why in this instance it was different.”
Kellen Clemens, an eight-year veteran from Oregon with 12 career NFL starts, is the backup.
Another thing the Seahawks may not have to worry about is the crowd in the Edward Jones Dome. Game 5 of the World Series, if needed, will be played Monday night at nearby Busch Stadium between the Cardinals and the Boston Red Sox.
FB Michael Robinson back?
The Seahawks may re-hire fullback Michael Robinson, who had the job from 2010-12 before being cut just before the season began after he fell ill.
The Seahawks lost starting fullback Derrick Coleman to a hamstring injury in the second quarter of Thursday’s win at Arizona and have no other healthy fullback on the roster. Backup tight end Luke Willson, another rookie, has filled the spot on occasion.
Robinson will report for a physical Monday, the team confirmed. Robinson told KJR-AM radio that his illness, which cost him the final two exhibition games, was a “real bad reaction” to a prescription medication.
Robinson’s $2.5 million salary, the NFL’s highest for a fullback, was also a factor. Coleman and another fullback, Spencer Ware, are rookies. Ware is also out with a high ankle sprain suffered in Week 2.
If Robinson passes the physical and the Seahawks sign him, a cut will have to be made from the 53-man roster.