Cardinals putting together health plan for Sam Bradford

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Sam Bradford didn’t work outside with his new teammates Tuesday, instead staying inside to meet with the Cardinals’ medical and training staff to formulate a plan to keep him healthy.

“We’ll identify what Sam needs to do, and put him on a program that’s based on him, the individual,” strength and conditioning coach Buddy Morris said, via Darren Urban of the team website. “We like to individualize a lot around here.”

Bradford started only two games last season because of his knee injury, which required arthroscopic surgery. He returned to backup Case Keenum in the postseason, though Bradford didn’t see the field.

“As a player, you can’t focus on it,” Bradford said. “I trust the process I’ve been through to this point; I know the strength staff here, the training staff here. We talked . . . about putting in the plan to make sure my knee is as healthy as it can be come Week 1.

“I am trusting the fact they know what they are doing. They’ve dealt with some guys who have had knees that have had issues like mine. With that work, we’ll be in a place where it will allow me to do can do what I need to do for 16 games.”

Morris said he talked with “everybody that’s ever trained” Bradford as well as the quarterback’s current physical therapist.

“I think we’ve got a great plan between myself, Tom Reed [the team’s head athletic trainer] and obviously Sam, just like we did for Carson [Palmer] a couple years ago,” Morris added. “I get tired of people telling me what I can’t do. I worry about what I can do. So we’re going to focus on what we can do with Sam, and we’re going to put him in a position to achieve optimal levels and put him in the best possible position to help us win football games.

“Trust me, we’ve talked about him.”

21 responses to “Cardinals putting together health plan for Sam Bradford

  1. With this new customized Health Plan the Cards are putting together for him, I’m setting Bradford’s over/under for games played in the 2018 season to 5 1/2, up from the 4 1/2 without the Health Plan. SUPER BOWL BAYBEE!! YEAH!!!

  2. It’s a lovely bubble, with thick foam on the floor, filtered air and temperature controlled. When Samuel is feeling stronger he will be let out to play with the other boys. As long as they understand they can’t be too rough, and as long as they’ve all had their shots.

  3. If they can keep him from walking, playing golf, mowing the lawn,riding a bike, or breathing, he will stay healthy.

    Hope for the best for him.

  4. The plan that would work….would be hold him out til November and see if he could play final 2 months. It’s impossible to keep him healthy unless he’s getting 2 leg transplants.

  5. It’s bone on bone. It’s basically a pain tolerance thing that can only be rectified by a replacement. He will be fine until it gets a hit then he’ll out again for 2 months.

  6. The NFL is becoming a joke and an organization with double standards for the biggest and most high profile position in sports. Sam Bradford is the most injury prone QB in the NFL yet he gets a job every season!

    Sam Bradford’s stat line is average at best and yet he is paid between $18-$20 M a season while Kolin Kaepernick and Robert Griffin can’t get a workout. Both are better and more athletic QB than Bradford but they aren’t getting any calls for even camp arms.

    Sam Bradford’s stats:
    34-45-1 QBrec – 62.5% CMP% – 19049 YRD – 101 TD – 57 INT – 6.6 Y/A – 85.1 QB Rating
    Kolin Kaepernick stats:
    28-30-0 QBrec – 59.8% CMP% – 12271 YRD – 72 TD – 30 INT – 7.3 Y/A – 88.9 QB Rating
    Robert Griffin stats:
    15-25-0 QBrec – 63.3% CMP% – 8983 YRD – 42 TD – 26 INT – 7.4 Y/A – 88.4 QB Rating

  7. He was great for the Vikings, but I still don’t understand why they gave up so much for a guy with basically no cartilage and all scar tissue in his knees. It was just a matter of time. He would be a wonderful backup to come in for short roles, but not long term.

    When he does play, his passes are pretty looking.

  8. Paging Oscar Goldman….”Sam Bradford, quarterback. A man barely alive. Gentlemen, we can rebuild him. We have the technology. We have the capability to build the world’s first bionic man. Bradford will be that man. Better than he was before. Better, stronger, faster.”

  9. Were words ‘Protective Bubble’, ‘Kevlar’, or ‘Body Armor’ part of the Talk?

    Or are they just going to put him in a Half-Track or a Sherman?

  10. There is a Cardinal hater who used to refer to Carson Palmer as a statue. I don’t really follow the Cards, but I was never a Sam Bradford fan and feel the Cards replaced one “statue” with another.

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