Injury list shortens; Bradford sits again

Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Rams' injury list shortened a bit, though several key players remained sidelined Thursday.

Quarterback Sam Bradford (ankle) did not practice, though he appeared on the field wearing a boot for the first time this week.

Offensive tackle Jason Smith and defensive tackle Darell Scott were not on the field, still suffering symptoms from concussions they sustained in Sunday's loss to the Cowboys.

Also not practicing were wide receiver Danario Alexander (hamstring), linebacker Brady Poppinga (calf) and cornerback Justin King (groin).

King's injury opens the door for Marquis Johnson to be activated this week. Johnson suffered a season-ending injury last year and was removed from the Physically Unable to Perform list Oct. 17. Johnson, along with wide receiver Mark Clayton, is eligible to practice for three weeks with the team before the Rams decide whether to activate them or place them on injured reserve.

Coach Steve Spagnuolo said Johnson "looked good out there. We got him playing a couple different spots. I think he's starting to get his legs under him. He's doing good."

Spagnuolo said Clayton reported soreness in his Achilles tendon after Wednesday's practice. "But it's like training camp for those guys. Your body gets a little bit sore. They'll fight through those things and we'll see where we are at the end of the week."

Three players returned to the field. Offensive tackle Rodger Saffold and Jerious Norwood returned after suffering flu-like symptoms, as did C.J. Ah-You (wrist).