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Feeley's injury could launch Bradford's career

On Saturday night against the Browns, Rams starting quarterback A. J. Feeley suffered an injury to his elbow and thumb.  Feeley said after the game that the injuries won’t keep him from playing in the team’s next preseason game, on Thursday night at New England.

Based on coach Steve Spagnuolo’s Sunday comments, it sounds like the Sam Bradford era could begin on Thursday night.  At New England.

The Feeley injury began as an elbow problem, and x-rays were negative.  But Spagnuolo said an MRI will be performed Monday on Feeley’s fifth digit.  And it means that Bradford could start on Thursday night.  At New England.
“Well certainly, obviously this goes without saying, if Feeley can’t work during the week and get us ready for New England, Sam would be the guy who would step in there and start,” Spagnuolo said.  “We’ll have to see where A.J. is.  It’s hard to tell with that kind of injury, it is his throwing arm, and you’re talking about an elbow and a thumb and we’re still not 100 percent sure what the thumb is, so that certainly could happen.”

If Bradford survives — and thrives — in his turn as a starter in the third game of the preseason, which usually is the most intense of the slate, the Rams could decide to go with Bradford from Week 1 of the games that count.  Two years ago, the Ravens had no intention of making then-rookie Joe Flacco the opening-day starter, due to concerns about the quality of the offensive line.  But Troy Smith came down with tonsilitis, and Flacco went the distance in a Week 3 preseason game against, yes, the Rams.
So the door could be open for Bradford to show that he can get it done — if the team’s offensive line can protect him on Thursday night.

At New England.

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17 Responses to “Feeley's injury could launch Bradford's career”
  1. robert ethen says: Aug 22, 2010 10:50 PM

    “I know it’s leaking fuel and there will be a lot of sparks during takeoff, but what the hell, let’s launch her anyways!”.

  2. Karl says: Aug 22, 2010 10:52 PM

    Yeah but did you know Mike really understands all that collective bargaining?

  3. JaggedMark says: Aug 22, 2010 10:55 PM

    50 million guaranteed launched Bradford’s career.

  4. BigBear123 says: Aug 22, 2010 10:59 PM

    Hard to compare him to Flacco.
    Flacco is a big, beefy boy and can take some hits. Sam is a bit fragile and on the lighter side.
    Flacco also started with a solid o-line and unless the Rams line steps up and gels soon Bradord will be keeping Feeley company on the sidelines in a sling or cast.

  5. PatsBackAgain2 says: Aug 22, 2010 11:10 PM

    What he iS saying is:
    The Patriots really look strong.
    Very strong.
    oh..and the game is in New England 🙂

  6. cloudnine says: Aug 22, 2010 11:48 PM

    If they are playing NE at least he won’t face a pash rush.

  7. @Denisceo says: Aug 23, 2010 12:09 AM

    Sam Bradford is a big boy, this is what he left college early for. this is why he was a number 1 pick. if he is not ready now, when will he be ready? i say let him go, the future is now Rams fans. let him play. Start him

  8. Fonetik says: Aug 23, 2010 12:17 AM

    So who are they playing next week? For christ’s sake Florio, how could you leave that out?

  9. champ1315 says: Aug 23, 2010 1:13 AM

    The placement of your periods make the story seem. More dramatic.

  10. MizzouRam says: Aug 23, 2010 1:26 AM

    Apparently every player who has ever been injured 1 time in college is fragile.

  11. Codename says: Aug 23, 2010 3:09 AM

    They didn’t let him really even play against the Browns. Nothing but check-downs and hand offs. Looked like old-school Browns with Brady Quinn play calling.

  12. hazi59 says: Aug 23, 2010 6:33 AM

    The Rams shouldn’t rush Bradford into action. Their line is average at best and he has no playmakers other than Steven Jackson and Laurent Robinson (when healthy).

  13. cause you are the same says: Aug 23, 2010 7:56 AM

    Better have a couple extra shoulder/arm slings around…you know…just in case
    (Wow! $50 million up in smoke, just like that…what are we…on Wall Street or something?)

  14. Horny Gorilla says: Aug 23, 2010 8:18 AM

    This is gonna be a blood bath

  15. JAG880 says: Aug 23, 2010 9:38 AM

    I don’t have a schedule handy. Where are they playing on Thursday?

  16. Ron Dayne's Strict Diet says: Aug 23, 2010 9:57 AM

    Half the league has more frightening defenses to to start against, especially with Ty Warren gone. Road games are tough, sure, but Gillette is a much more difficult place to play in the colder months.

  17. nowathand says: Aug 23, 2010 6:04 PM

    I’d be embarrassed if I were a Rams fan and they were starting Sam Bradford week 1. Maybe I’m wrong but it just seems like they’d be giving up before the season had even started. They look to have some new starters on defense and some continuity on the offensive line. I don’t think any team should have the mentality of starting a rookie QB before he can give them a chance to win.

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