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    Blog: Bradford and his receivers might have to rethink those backyard workouts

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    In Dallas for the Super Bowl and to pick up his AP Offensive Rookie of the Year Award, St. Louis Rams QB Sam Bradford told the press that nothing was going to stop him from practicing during the offseason, not even a lockout. Bradford made it clear that he and his receivers would head find a back yard or some other unofficial place to work. "This offseason, it is too important for us not to get together and work out," explained the eager young man.



    Scrappy, not to mention dedicated. It was a clear reminder of why Rams fans throughout the country are already naming pets, children and sundry items after the quarterback. Unfortunately, legal technicalities are making those unsanctioned Wragler ads much better in theory than in practice.



    Eric Winston raised a good point to Pro Football Talk today. The Texans lineman noted that a player injured in any backyard practice can be placed on the non-football injury list whenever the league and union finally hammer out a new CBA. If that happens, the injured player would lose his 2011 salary, every dime of it.



    As injury prone as the Rams receivers have been, it's something to think about before a slant route ends suddenly on a backyard mole hill. It's also another reminder of just how costly a prolonged lockout could be for the Rams.


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    re: Blog: Bradford and his receivers might have to rethink those backyard workouts

    Do it anyway.

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    Re: Blog: Bradford and his receivers might have to rethink those backyard workouts

    Sometimes rules are meant to be broken for the greater benefit.

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    Re: Blog: Bradford and his receivers might have to rethink those backyard workouts

    What words of nothing is gonna stop us not even a lockout does this guy not understand

    Edit: not to mention how are they gonna gvet injuried when there's no one tackling them or touching them.

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    Re: Blog: Bradford and his receivers might have to rethink those backyard workouts

    Is this guy serious? Let's ban backyard football at elementary schools before someone tears an ACL.

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    Re: Blog: Bradford and his receivers might have to rethink those backyard workouts

    Quote Originally Posted by Ramendola16 View Post
    Is this guy serious? Let's ban backyard football at elementary schools before someone tears an ACL.
    To late we lost billy for the season and little timmy is gonna need a surgery to repair the the broken leg.

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    Re: Blog: Bradford and his receivers might have to rethink those backyard workouts

    I've always thought one of the more reasonable justifications for outrageous pro athlete salaries in the modern era was the 24/7/365 nature of their commitment & the heightened risk of a career-ending injury that entails. And since Winston is in the middle of a $30 mill deal, 6 mill up front & 10 guaranteed, I would have minimal sympathy for him if he blew out a knee with or without a CBA. High risk/high reward, millionaire ingrate. Maybe a bit more sympathy for the rank n' file guys who "only" make $300 grand + per year but not much.

    And how likely is it that a team would punish a player for trying to get ready to make them money? As Florio goes on to say in a PFT article based on the interview, many teams may quietly encourage more organized but unofficial workouts( which already go on,no? Aren't there a bunch of ex & current players who run clinics & camps for pros or just work out together) & promise to help out any one hurt while doing so. We're not talking about some knucklehead crashing a motorcycle or shooting himself in the leg. I'd think HCs & GMs would be more inclined to pull a Shanahan/Fat Albert & fine,bench, or even cut those guys who come in out of shape & playbook- ignorant when this thing is finally settled.

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    Re: Blog: Bradford and his receivers might have to rethink those backyard workouts

    Although that might be a legal possibility, it would be terrible for the image of a team that tried to pull a stunt like that. Yeah, this guy was working overtime without compensation while his employer negotiated with the union to cut his salary, but we're going to turn the screws on him just because we can.

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