Jeff Fisher pleased with Isaiah Pead’s progress

AP

That the Rams under coach Jeff Fisher have a reputation for taking chances on players with character issues is nothing new.

But Fisher said Thursday that he’s known about the pending suspension for running back Isaiah Pead for some time, and he thinks Pead has made changes since then.

Pead will miss the opener against the Cardinals for a violation of the league’s substance abuse policy, the kind of suspension that generally comes from a violation of the law.

We were aware of it for quite some time,” Fisher said, via Joe Lyons of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “This was an incident that took place last summer. We dealt with it at that point, knowing that the league was probably going to follow up. We’re disappointed, but with so much time between the incident and where he’s at now, I believe it’s behind him.

“Obviously, he has to suffer the consequences and miss the game, but I’m pleased with how he’s bounced back and with his professional approach to being a member of this team this year.”

Maybe being more professional will help him on the field, as the 2012 second-rounder struggled last year, and was passed on the depth chart by seventh-rounder Daryl Richardson. With no more Steven Jackson, the Rams clearly have a need for backfield help, something Pead has a chance to provide — at least for 15 games.