The news just keeps getting better and better for the St. Louis Rams. Today the St. Louis Post-Dispatch is reporting that starting quarterback Marc Bulger has a torn rotator cuff in his throwing shoulder, an injury that should put him out for the remainder of 2009. Bulger still has to undergo a battery of tests today, but the initial reports coming out of St. Louis do not look good.
Bulger suffered the injury in the midst of a 36-17 loss to Green Bay on Sunday, a defeat that dropped the Rams to 0-3 on the season. Entering 2009 Bulger was thought to be one of the few areas of strength for St. Louis, but the fact that he’s got an awful surrounding cast has showed up early. The two-time Pro Bowler has struggled thus far. Through three games he’s completed 35-of-68 passes, for a 51.5 completion percentage, 339 yards, one touchdown and zero interceptions. That gives him a 70.7 quarterback rating, landing him at 28th out of the 33 qualifying players.
Make no mistake, the 32-year-old Bulger has been a disappointment since signing a six-year, $62.5 million contract ($27 million guaranteed) before the 2007 season. Since getting that deal, he’s logged QB ratings of 70.3 (2007) and 71.4 (2008). But it’s nearly impossible to estimate how much of that is due to an awful supporting cast, as the Rams went 3-13 in 2007 and 2-14 in 2008. Their current 0-3 start puts them at 5-30 since the kickoff to the 2007 season.
The real problem for the Rams, is that Bulger’s backup is none other than Kyle Boller. For those not in the know, Boller is a less entertaining version of Kyle Orton, minus actual NFL success.
Tabbed as the quarterback of the future in Baltimore after being selected with the No. 19 pick in the 2003 NFL Draft, Boller has been nothing short of awful since joining the league. For his career the seventh year pro out of Cal is 762-for-1342 (56.8 completion percentage) for 8010 yards (5.97 yards per attempt), with 47 touchdowns, 45 interceptions and a 72.0 rating. Those numbers are horrific for a first round draft pick.
So not only do the Rams have an 0-3 mark, virtually no offensive talent and an injured quarterback, they’ll now have to trot out Kyle Boller on a weekly basis if Bulger is, in fact, done for the year.
Looks like it’s time to put the St. Louis Rams on the clock for the 2010 NFL Draft.
*UPDATE: The tests are in and Bulger has a bruised rotator cuff that will sideline him for several weeks, but he will most likely be able to return this season. Good news for the Rams, right? Well, they also found out today that leading receiver Laurent Robinson is out for the year with multiple leg injuries.