Sam Bradford and his St. Louis Rams had a rough game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, and the final score of 31-13 was only a part of their concerns. Their star running back, Stephen Jackson, left the game after only two carries (one of them was a 47-yard touchdown run) due to a strained right quadriceps, cornerback Bradley Fletcher sprained his toe, offense tackle Jason Smith sprained his left ankle, receiver Danny Amendola was knocked out of the game with a dislocated left elbow, and worst of all, cornerback Ron Bartell is likely out for the season after being hit on the top of his helmet by an Eagles offensive lineman and suffering two breaks in his neck.
All of this would be enough to rank as one of the roughest opening games in Rams history, but it got worse -- their star quarterback and NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Year last season was knocked out of the game in the fourth quarter due to an injury to his right hand. Luckily, x-rays have shown he doesn't have a broken bone or nerve damage in the injured throwing hand.
It was a hideous opening day for a team that, thanks in large part to the drafting of Bradford and the commitment to give him weapons, was looking to have a breakout year. Our heart goes out to Bartell, who's season is done, and we hope that Bradford can bounce back and lead his team against the Giants next week. Playing with pain is one way he can do that, and he's already proven he's willing.