- Mike Sando, NFL Insider
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That one sentence summed up the major news from Rams camp Friday: Yes, Avery's injury was as bad as feared (a torn ACL), and Bradford will indeed make a second consecutive start at quarterback (although coach Steve Spagnuolo has not yet named Bradford the regular-season starter).
The injury to Avery is a tough one for the Rams, as reflected in general manager Billy Devaney's answer, delivered during training camp, when I asked him which position concerned him most.
"I just want the receivers -- if they play to their ability, we'll be OK," Devaney said. "If we have injuries there ..."
The Rams have better depth at wide receiver this season, but it's not proven depth. Avery was arguably the most proven receiver on the roster.
It's more important now for Laurent Robinson to stay healthy, something he could not do last season. Rookie Mardy Gilyard should make an immediate impact. Slot receiver Danny Amendola enjoyed a strong training camp. Brandon Gibson caught a touchdown pass Thursday night after missing much of camp with an injury. Dominique Curry has excellent size and has impressed as a rookie free agent. Keenan Burton, Brandon McRae, Jordan Kent and the recently signed Danario Alexander are also competing.
The quarterback situation appears straightforward. I'm not sure Bradford could play poorly enough in the final exhibition game to justify leaving him on the bench heading into the regular season.
Donnie Avery's season-ending knee injury will prevent him from working with Sam Bradford and the rest of the St. Louis Rams' starters in the final exhibition game this season.