The MRI on St Louis Rams running back Isaiah Pead came back confirming what the Rams had already feared. Pead has a torn ACL,and will miss the entire 2014 season.
Pead suffered the injury during a kickoff early in the first quarter of Saturday’s preseason game against the Green Bay Packers. It was a non-contact injury.
Rams head coach Jeff Fisher confirmed the findings today.
Jeff Fisher: “I can confirm now that Isaiah [Pead] will be lost for the season. He has torn his ACL.” #GBvsSTL
— St. Louis Rams (@STLouisRams) August 17, 2014
This is more of a blow for Pead than the Rams. Zac Stacy is the clear number one back for the Rams, but Pead had a good shot at being the top backup. Now that role will likely fall on the shoulders of rookie Tre Mason.
In two NFL seasons, Pead has just 17 carries for 75 yards, and also has 14 catches for 94 yards. He has been an asset for the Rams on special teams over the last couple of years though, and was expected to make the team in that capacity again.
Now he will have to wait until next year to make an impact.
Pead was the 50th overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft out if the University of Cincinnati by the Chicago Bears. He was traded along with the rights to the Bears’ fifth round pick, Rokevious Watkins, to the Rams for the rights to the Rams’ number 45 overall pick. Who was that pick? Alshon Jeffery, the wide receiver from South Carolina who has worked his way to the top of the pecking order in Chicago.