By Eric Schmidt

Reports yesterday out of St. Louis indicate that the Rams are prepared to shut QB Sam Bradford down for the remainder of the 2011 NFL regular season. Bradford has been dealing with a high ankle sprain, a lingering issue for weeks now and an injury he aggravated on Monday night in Week 14 playing against the Seattle Seahawks.

The Rams started journeyman QB Kellen Clemens last Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals, responding well in his first start since 2007. Clemens could be playing for a backup job on the Rams or another team’s roster in 2012 with a solid showing in the next two games.

Bradford, one year removed from winning the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Award, has struggled mightily this season. In his rookie season, Bradford threw for 3500 yards and 18 scores, this year only 2100 yards and six touchdowns.Bradford has six interceptions and seven fumbles this season as well.

With the Indianapolis Colts finally winning a game, the Rams might find themselves with the first overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft if the Colts win another game. The Rams do have over $50 million invested in Bradford, put if the Rams wind up with the first overall pick, you have to wonder if the club might entertain the idea of trading Bradford and drafting Luck. It sounds like an outrageous idea, but it’s highly likely that the Rams will have a new coaching staff in place next season and that staff will have nothing vested in Bradford. So the is a chance that Sam Bradford might have played his last game for the Rams, albeit a slim one.

 

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