St. LOUIS - St. Louis Rams wide receiver Donnie Avery will miss the entire 2010 season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.
Avery, who departed after recording two catches for 48 yards in the Rams’ 36-35 victory Thursday, was hurt when attempting to haul in a Sam Bradford pass in the second quarter. He crumpled to the ground in pain and had to be carted off the field.
Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo was quoted in the Post-Dispatch early on Friday as saying Avery “probably has a significant knee injury.” However, an update later in the afternoon from Spagnuolo revealed the severity of the setback.
Avery will eventually undergo surgery to correct the problem.
Drafted out of Houston in 2008, Avery’s sophomore pro campaign included 47 receptions for 589 yards and five touchdowns for the Rams, who finished an NFL-worst 1-15 a season ago.
St. Louis, already thin at receiver even with Avery, will now have to rely on Danny Amendola, Mardy Gilyard and Keenan Burton to fill the position.