Wake Up Sprinting: Shaun's the Starter

Posted Aug 25, 2014

Myles Simmons breaks down the Rams next steps after losing Sam Bradford for the season with a torn left ACL.

Good morning, Rams fam.

It’s August 25, which begins the final preseason week of 2014. Here’s what you need to know to start your Monday.


The Rams received unfortunate news on Sunday, as Jeff Fisher announced Sam Bradford tore the ACL in his reconstructed left knee against the Browns. The injury ends the quarterback’s season.

“We’ve got two issues here, I think,” Fisher said yesterday. “We lost our starting quarterback. But for Sam personally, it’s devastating. The news was devastating for him this morning, as you can appreciate. Anyone who’s gone through that procedure and the rehab understands, to have it happen again within the calendar year is very, very difficult. So we’re thinking of Sam.”

Fisher said that Shaun Hill will be the starting quarterback heading into the regular season, and added that if the season started today, Austin Davis would be the No. 2.

“This team’s going to rally around Shaun,” Fisher said, alluding to a similar declaration by former head coach Dick Vermeil in 1999 of Kurt Warner. “And we’re going to go play.”

Click here for a full recap of what Fisher said on Bradford and the team’s plans moving forward.


Despite Bradford’s injury, the Rams came away with a good win in Cleveland for their first preseason victory. St. Louis won 33-14 behind a strong performance by Davis and the defense. The quarterback completed 14 of his 22 passes for 198 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. The defense held the Browns to just 32 yards on the ground and 146 yards through the air.

“We did everything that we wanted to do defensively,” Fisher said on Sunday. “We played with tremendous effort, tackled well, didn’t give up many explosive plays, got off the field on third down.”


All things considered, the Rams received fortunate news when it comes to cornerback Trumaine Johnson’s injury.

“We’ll miss Trumaine anywhere from four to six weeks with an MCL sprain,” Fisher said, adding that Brandon McGee, E.J. Gaines, and Lamarcus Joyner all have a chance to fill in at Johnson’s spot.

Additionally, Fisher announced that Michael Brockers, Kendall Langford and Rodger Saffold all could potentially be back against Miami on Thursday.


The Rams will play the Dolphins for their preseason game on Thursday. Fisher said on Sunday that the coaches will discuss how much playing time the starters will get.

“Typically we play and we will play into the second quarter and into halftime with a lot of our starters in Week 4,” Fisher said. “I’ll be honest with you, I might be a little shell shocked right now after last night -- you can appreciate that -- but we’ll discuss play time. We’ve got players that need to play, so we’ll discuss that as a staff.”