Sam Bradford unlikely to play Friday, Jake Long out

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The Rams have three offensive starters coming back from injuries that forced them to injured reserve last season and it doesn’t look like any of them will play in the team’s preseason opener against the Saints.

Coach Jeff Fisher ruled out left tackle Jake Long, who is returning from a torn ACL, and said that it was unlikely that either quarterback Sam Bradford or center Scott Wells would be on the field on Friday. Fisher said that it wasn’t a matter of Bradford, who also tore his ACL, not being ready to play.

“He’s done everything we needed to see right now at practice,” coach Jeff Fisher said. “So he’s going to play in the preseason, unlikely that he’s going to play this week. But he’ll get plenty of snaps with the starters because he needs to, he needs to get out there and work with Scott and the rest of the guys. But it’s not because he can’t, it’s because it’s our choice; as I have said before I’m really pleased with where he is and what he’s doing. You see every day at practice he’s doing something, that you just go, ‘That’s Sam’, that’s what we expect from him.”

Shaun Hill, Austin Davis and Garrett Gilbert will handle the quarterbacking duties for the Rams in the opener. Bradford, Long and Wells will get their next chance to suit up for a game on August 16.