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.