My hearts and prayers go out to Mark Clayton, a former Baltimore Ravens wide receiver.
After being traded to the St. Louis Rams, Mark Clayton quickly learned a new offense and developed a nice chemistry with rookie QB Sam Bradford. And through just 4 games, Clayton led his team in receptions with 22 catches for 300 yards.
Unfortunately that success ended for Clayton yesterday when he suffered a torn patella in his knee, terminating his 2010 campaign. He was carted off the field early on in Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions. After the game, Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch tweeted that Clayton would miss the remainder of the season due to a knee injury.
It’s really a shame to see Clayton go down. Just as the Rams were starting to find rhythm in their offense, something like this happens.
I love Clayton. His character and work ethic are among the best in the locker room. He always gives everything he has. So when I first heard the news of him being traded to the Rams back in preseason, I was heart-broken. But then I realized how this was a win-win situation for all parties. The Ravens brought in T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Clayton was able to go to a team in desperate need of a receiver. He ultimately became the number 1 wide-out in St. Louis and was on pace for a career-high season.
Now, Danny Amendola is the next man up and should look to see a lot of passes coming from Bradford. Amendola already proved himself worthy yesterday with 12 catches totaling 95 yards.
I hope Clayton can recover soon and comeback even stronger next year. Good luck to the Rams organization and all their fans; take care of Clayton!