only played seven games in 2013, the fewest in his four NFL seasons. (Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
Every offseason, we will hear rumblings that a player coming off of a serious injury is ahead of schedule in his recovery, and that is once again the case, this time with St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford.
While some players will say their rehab is going well despite the reality of the situation, Rams head coach Jeff Fisher truly believes that his starting quarterback is doing well just six months and one day after his season came to an end with a torn ACL that required surgery.
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“You’re not gonna hear a head coach say he has a player on his team that’s not ahead of schedule coming off an ACL. Everybody says they’re all ahead of schedule. But he is realistically way ahead of schedule. He’s working hard,” Fisher said of Bradford, via the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
“Sam’s in a very good place considering what happened last year. I thought he was off to a great start. Had he stayed healthy his projected numbers could’ve been quite impressive. He’s worked hard through the process, and I would expect him at some point to be throwing in OTAs.”
Bradford will be able to participate in a limited fashion when the team kicks off its offseason workouts today, but if he is able to begin throwing in time for OTAs, as Fisher suggests, it will be a big win for the Rams.
There has been some speculation about the Rams selecting a quarterback in the middle rounds of the 2014 NFL Draft to add some insurance at the position, but if Bradford is able to get back to 100 percent, it would be an ideal situation for Fisher and company.