Monday, October 11, 2010

Knee shelves Mark Clayton for season

St. Louis receiver Mark Clayton, who left Sunday's 44-6 loss to Detroit in the first quarter, suffered a torn patellar tendon in his right knee and will miss the rest of the season.

Clayton fell to the ground while running a deep pass pattern along the left sideline and stayed down until he was carted off the field after his knee was immobilized with an air cast.

Coach Steve Spagnuolo said the injury was to his patellar tendon, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

Clayton, a first-round draft pick by Baltimore in 2005, was acquired by the Rams in an offseason trade with the Ravens as they cleared a roster spot for T.J. Houshmandzadeh.

Clayton was on pace for a career-high 1,200 yards, averaging 75 per game as rookie quarterback Sam Bradford's top target.

"I'd be lying if I said [losing Clayton] wasn't big," Bradford said of his fellow Oklahoma alumnus, according to the Post-Dispatch. "I think everyone has seen what he's done for this offense the first four games of the season," Bradford said. "So to lose him, it's definitely going to hurt. But him going down just gives someone an opportunity to step up." (ESPN)

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