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    Thomas: Bradford Still In Boot, No Closer To Return

    Bradford still in boot, no closer to return

    BY JIM THOMAS
    Wednesday, October 26, 2011

    Quarterback Sam Bradford and his high ankle sprain stayed in a boot and away from the field as another practice week began Wednesday at Rams Park.

    "We're not going to put weight on it, or do any bouncing around until it feels right," coach Steve Spagnuolo said after practice. "When we get to that point, then we'll let you know."

    Spagnuolo couldn't say for sure that Bradford would even test the ankle this week (like he did last Friday), much less play in a game. So it's looking more and more like A.J. Feeley will start his second consecutive game at quarterback, with the high-powered New Orleans Saints coming to town for Sunday's noon kickoff at the Edward Jones Dome.

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    Right tackle Jason Smith and defensive tackle Darell Scott, both sidelined with concussions, were sent home Wednesday. "Didn't even put them in a meeting," Spagnuolo said.

    After Smith saw a spine specialist, it was determined that there was nothing structurally wrong but that he had a bruised neck. Veteran Adam Goldberg takes over Smith's starting spot for St. Louis.

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    Two other players were sent home because of illness: starting left tackle Rodger Saffold and running back Jerious Norwood. Whether it be a flu bug or a cold, Spagnuolo said. "We're not taking any chances with anything that might be contagious."

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    Also sitting out Wednesday's practice were WR Danario Alexander (hamstring), LB Brady Poppinga (calf), and CB Justin King (groin).


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    Re: Thomas: Bradford Still In Boot, No Closer To Return

    This isn't particularly surprising, as from what I've seen over the years, high ankle sprains usually take a couple weeks to recover from. I think the smart move would be to continue to sit Bradford until he's at 100% and ready to return.

    I'd be interesting in hearing more about DX's hamstring injury. I believe the Rams conducted an MRI, but I haven't heard about the results.

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    Re: Thomas: Bradford Still In Boot, No Closer To Return

    Losing DX would hurt us in the deep game since hes been our only major deep threat. lets hope it isnt anything to keep him out long.

    p.s. at least its not his knee, thats a big relief.


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    Re: Thomas: Bradford Still In Boot, No Closer To Return

    After Sunday afternoon = 0-7

    No Bradford No Win

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    Re: Thomas: Bradford Still In Boot, No Closer To Return

    We weren't going to beat the Saints with Bradford anyway, so it only makes sense to sit him until he's fully healed. Wish we were smart enough to keep Thaddeus Lewis though.

    Question: How do you significantly out-perform another player two years in a row in pre-season and get cut in favor of that player?

    Answer: Play for the St. Louis Rams
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    Re: Thomas: Bradford Still In Boot, No Closer To Return

    Quote Originally Posted by Fortuninerhater View Post
    We weren't going to beat the Saints with Bradford anyway, so it only makes sense to sit him until he's fully healed. Wish we were smart enough to keep Thaddeus Lewis though.

    Question: How do you significantly out-perform another player two years in a row in pre-season and get cut in favor of that player?

    Answer: Play for the St. Louis Rams
    It's pretty obvious why Feeley is still here.

    He is a veteran. Plain and simple.

    Having a veteran backup quarterback can be very crucial to a young up and coming player like Bradford. Backup qb's are essentially another coach as they see the play from a different angle than players on the field and are qualified to give advice.

    Would you rather have a guy like Feeley who might give Bradford some really good advice and tips on being an NFL quarterback? Or, would you rather have another young guy who hasn't really proven himself in the first place. I doubt Lewis would've had much solid advice to give to Bradford.

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    Re: Thomas: Bradford Still In Boot, No Closer To Return

    Quote Originally Posted by FestusRam View Post
    It's pretty obvious why Feeley is still here.

    He is a veteran. Plain and simple.

    Having a veteran backup quarterback can be very crucial to a young up and coming player like Bradford. Backup qb's are essentially another coach as they see the play from a different angle than players on the field and are qualified to give advice.

    Would you rather have a guy like Feeley who might give Bradford some really good advice and tips on being an NFL quarterback? Or, would you rather have another young guy who hasn't really proven himself in the first place. I doubt Lewis would've had much solid advice to give to Bradford.
    I'd prefer to have the dynamic, athletic Lewis, who always looked to have a lot of confidence. Bradford had his rookie season to absorb anything Feeley had to offer, with McDaniels there to fill in the rest. Jusy my opinion.
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    Re: Thomas: Bradford Still In Boot, No Closer To Return

    Quote Originally Posted by r8rh8rmike View Post
    I'd prefer to have the dynamic, athletic Lewis, who always looked to have a lot of confidence. Bradford had his rookie season to absorb anything Feeley had to offer, with McDaniels there to fill in the rest. Jusy my opinion.
    Exactly. Feeley has stank his whole career, and I'd rather Bradford not learn a thing from him. Well I guess he can learn a lot of what not to do.

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    Re: Thomas: Bradford Still In Boot, No Closer To Return

    Quote Originally Posted by r8rh8rmike View Post
    I'd prefer to have the dynamic, athletic Lewis, who always looked to have a lot of confidence. Bradford had his rookie season to absorb anything Feeley had to offer, with McDaniels there to fill in the rest. Jusy my opinion.
    Then again during games Feeley is scanning defenses too, trying to share his knowledge on what the defenses are trying to do to Sam. I highly doubt Thad could do this.

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    Re: Thomas: Bradford Still In Boot, No Closer To Return

    Quote Originally Posted by sosa39rams View Post
    Then again during games Feeley is scanning defenses too, trying to share his knowledge on what the defenses are trying to do to Sam. I highly doubt Thad could do this.
    Isn't that what we have coaches for? What could Feeley possibly see and share that our coaches cannot?
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    Re: Thomas: Bradford Still In Boot, No Closer To Return

    Quote Originally Posted by RamFan_Til_I_Die View Post
    Isn't that what we have coaches for? What could Feeley possibly see and share that our coaches cannot?
    Well our coaches obviously don't seem to be doing a good job of anything right now..

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    Re: Thomas: Bradford Still In Boot, No Closer To Return

    Quote Originally Posted by sosa39rams View Post
    Then again during games Feeley is scanning defenses too, trying to share his knowledge on what the defenses are trying to do to Sam. I highly doubt Thad could do this.
    Again, I'd prefer Lewis. I'm not convinced Feeley really has that much to offer. Bradford is smart, a quick study and he's probably already surpassed whatever knowledge Feeley could offer.

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    Re: Thomas: Bradford Still In Boot, No Closer To Return

    Really, keep Bradford out until next year. What purpose does it serve to let him continue to get hammered? I look to the future now not to this year whereby we already are done and serving Bradord up for breakfast does us no good for the next 10 years if he is going to just keep getting pummeled. Of course the kid wants to play I want him to play we all want him to play. Is it worth it?

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    Re: Thomas: Bradford Still In Boot, No Closer To Return

    Quote Originally Posted by r8rh8rmike View Post
    Again, I'd prefer Lewis. I'm not convinced Feeley really has that much to offer. Bradford is smart, a quick study and he's probably already surpassed whatever knowledge Feeley could offer.
    I don't really care much. Its not like our back up QB should ever be out there. And its not like Lewis was miles ahead of Feeley. I did at that point in time want Lewis because for 2 pre seasons now he has outplayed Feeley, and added something we don't have (a fast QB). But Spags obviously felt more comfortable with the vet.

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    Re: Thomas: Bradford Still In Boot, No Closer To Return

    Quote Originally Posted by sosa39rams View Post
    I don't really care much. Its not like our back up QB should ever be out there. And its not like Lewis was miles ahead of Feeley. I did at that point in time want Lewis because for 2 pre seasons now he has outplayed Feeley, and added something we don't have (a fast QB). But Spags obviously felt more comfortable with the vet.
    And decisions like that are exactly why he'll likely be gone by season's end IMO.

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