There are any number of OU Sooners fans who have taken up the curly helmet to cheer for the St. Louis Rams and their million-dollar quarterback Sam Bradford. The University of Oklahoma alum nearly carried the franchise to a spot in the post-season on his way to winning Rookie of the Year honors last season.
In this year’s opener against the Philadelphia Eagles, there was more wincing than cheering, as Bradford completed 17 of 30 passes, but failed to score in a 31-13 loss. A number – more than just a few – of his incompleted passes hit receivers squarely in the hands and were simply dropped. In one instance, the dropped pass would have been enough for a first down in Eagles’ territory.
On top of the loss and the dropped passes, Bradford injured his hand when his throwing arm smacked into an oncoming defender. It was determined that the right index finger wasn’t broken, and coach Steve Spagnuolo said after the game that the impact could have caused a nerve injury.
It wasn’t just Bradford that was hurting.
On the first play from scrimmage, Steven Jackson galloped 47-yards for a touchdown, and was only touched as he neared the end zone. Unfortunately, the grab to his leg was enough to cause an injury and the star back watched the remainder of the game from the sideline.
Cornerback Ron Bartell was lost for the game with a nerve stinger and Danny Amendola was knocked from the game with a dislocated left elbow – an injury described by the game announcers as ‘gruesome,’ and one the network chose to not replay for viewers.
On the other side of the field, Michael Vick was in midseason form, passing for two scores and running for 98-yards.