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Sam Bradford (ACL) has been cleared to run on a treadmill, and is "on schedule" in his rehab.

Bradford went under the knife 63 days ago. Bradford said last week he's "very confident" he'll be ready for the start of training camp. Despite a whopping $17.6 million salary-cap hit and four years of of thoroughly average play, it appears Bradford will be back under center for the Rams next season. They've been adamant they're sticking with Bradford despite owning the No. 2 pick in May's draft.

Sam Bradford QB STL 3 Months

Sam Bradford's 2014 salary cap cost is $17.6 million.

For comparison across the NFC West, Carson Palmer's cap number is $10 million, while Russell Wilson's is $817,000 and Colin Kaepernick costs $1.6 million. Despite the obvious cap room St. Louis would save by using the No. 2 overall draft pick on a quarterback, the Rams have been repeatedly, publicly committed to Bradford. Whether Bradford emerges as the franchise quarterback GM Les Snead seems to believe he'll be adamantly will play a major role in determining the legacy of Snead and coach Jeff Fisher in St. Louis.

Sam Bradford QB STL 3 Months

Sam Bradford (knee) is confident he'll be ready for the start of training camp.

"Barring any major setbacks, I feel very confident for camp," Bradford said. "From everything that [Rams trainer] Reggie's told me, he feels like that's an attainable goal." Bradford tore his left ACL on October 20 and underwent surgery eight weeks ago. He's been throwing while sitting down on a stool recently. The Rams have said they remain committed to Bradford long-term, and there's even been talk that they may want to sign him to an extension. St. Louis needs to find some offensive weapons for Bradford to throw to.

Sam Bradford QB STL 3 Months

Rams GM Les Snead "again made it clear" Thursday that the franchise is committed to Sam Bradford as its 2014 quarterback.

The Rams have the No. 2 pick in May's draft -- an ideal spot to select a new signal caller -- but they seem sold on Bradford as the quarterback of the future. Snead has dropped multiple hints that the No. 2 selection will be for sale to the highest bidder. If St. Louis can't trade out and is truly hellbent on keeping Bradford, Texas A&M OT Jake Matthews could be a "safe" fallback plan.

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Beat writer Jim Thomas does not think the Rams will use one of their 2014 first-round picks on a quarterback.

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Sam Bradford (injured reserve) underwent surgery on his torn left ACL Thursday.

Bradford had originally been scheduled to go under the knife two weeks ago, but the operation was delayed for unspecified reasons. The extra two weeks shouldn't affect his 2014 status. Bradford can tentatively be expected to be ready for training camp.

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Sam Bradford's ACL surgery had been scheduled for Tuesday but has been pushed back to an "undetermined date in the near future."

No reason why the surgery has been delayed was given. It's possible Bradford is still experiencing swelling in his left knee. Bradford was injured 16 days ago. It's not all that uncommon for players to need a few weeks before going under the knife. The Rams are 0-2 in his absence. Kellen Clemens has gone 37-of-70 (52.9 percent) for 387 yards, one touchdown, and four turnovers since.

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Sam Bradford will have his left ACL repaired by Dr. James Andrews on Tuesday, November 5.

Bradford went down on October 20, but ACL patients often have to wait a bit for other parts of the knee to stop swelling before surgery is planned. Bradford will be 26 years old in the offseason and is due a non-guaranteed base salary of $14.015 million in 2014. The Rams have said they are committed to Bradford as their starter next season, but we wouldn't be so sure. After the RG3 trade, they're going to have two early picks in May's first round.

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Rams placed QB Sam Bradford on injured reserve with a torn left ACL, ending his season.

Bradford will undergo surgery some time in the next few weeks. Tentatively expected to be 100 percent for next summer's camp, Bradford has received two votes of confidence from the Rams in as many days, and appears all but certain to return to St. Louis for a fifth season in 2014. He's due a non-guaranteed $14.015 million. A restructure in the form of an extension is a possibility. Bradford's progress has been admittedly slow, but also steady over his first four NFL seasons. He's worth keeping around in Dynasty leagues if you can spare the roster spot.

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The Rams expect Sam Bradford (torn left ACL) to make a full recovery, and "return to the Rams lineup in 2014."

It's the second time in two days the Rams have given Bradford a vote of confidence for 2014, so it's looking safe to assume he'll be back. Bradford is currently due a non-guaranteed $14.015 million next season, and $12.985 million in 2015. It's possible he'll simply play out his rookie deal, but an extension that lowers his '14 and '15 cap numbers is also a possibility. Bradford's career has been star-crossed to date, but considering the league-wide difficulties at the quarterback position, the Rams are wise not to throw in the towel on the No. 1 pick of the 2010 draft.