Sam Bradford isn't walking with a limp. He seems to be moving around as good as ever on the practice field. Nonetheless, the Rams' quarterback told reporters following Saturday's practice at the Edward Jones Dome that his ankle still isn't 100-percent healthy.
"It's close," Bradford said. "I think it's as good as it's going to feel. It's something that we're managing right now. I've been able to take every snap so far without any setbacks and I think that's a positive sign."
Bradford suffered a severe high ankle sprain in Game 5 last season against Green Bay, and it sidelined him for most of the rest of the season.
Is he surprised that the ankle situation has lingered this long?
"Yeah, it is a little bit frustrating that it's somewhat there still," Bradford said. "I thought that with rest in the offseason, it would've been gone by now. But it's not. I've talked about it with Reg (trainer Reggie Scott). I understand what his plan is, and I think we're doing as good as we can right now in managing it."
Sam Bradford hasn't missed one minute of practice time in camp. He came through the preseason opener unscathed, and has been moving around well in practice. He's not wearing a brace on his left ankle, nor is he walking with a limp.
Nonetheless, the ankle questions won't go away.
After the Rams' practice/scrimmage Aug. 4 at the Edward Jones Dome, Bradford raised eyebrows by saying the ankle wasn't 100-percent healthy and would have to be managed — or treated — as the camp and the season progressed. With the after-effects of last season's severe high-ankle sprain still lingering, Bradford was asked Thursday if he could need ankle surgery at the end of this season if he experienced further problems.
"That would be news to me," Bradford said. "To be honest, I'm tired of talking about the ankle. Until it causes me to miss reps or miss time, it's a non-issue."
Bradford missed six games last season and was at less than full strength in several others after suffering the injury in the Rams' Oct. 16 game at Green Bay. Bradford has said on more than one occasion after the season that he doesn't regret continuing to try to play with the injury. He has also said on more than one occasion that he didn't expect the injury to take so long to heal.
New year, same line problems for Rams 12 hours ago • BY JIM THOMAS
Here we go again. One week in and the Rams already have substantial injury concerns on the offensive line.
Left tackle Rodger Saffold's neck injury wasn't nearly as bad as it could've been, but center Scott Wells' left foot injury will sideline him for at least half the season. And that will lead to more line shuffling and at least one roster move this week at Rams Park.
According to coach Jeff Fisher, Saffold was discharged from a Detroit hospital Sunday night and was back in St. Louis on Monday.
"All his tests were negative," Fisher said. "The CAT scan and X-rays were all negative. Still has some further tests to do, but at this point it appears it's just a significant strain. So that's good news."
The bad news came with respect to Wells.
"Scott Wells has a fractured fifth metatarsal (bone) requiring surgery," Fisher said. "We're going to take advantage of the new injured reserve rule where we're allowed to place a player on injured reserve and bring him back after six weeks, so timing-wise that's (good). It's unfortunate for us, but it is fortunate that we'll be able to clear a roster spot for him."
Offensive Line Shuffle Continues Posted 21 hours ago Nick Wagoner Senior Writer
Just three weeks into the 2012 NFL season, the Rams are already growing tired of the same question being asked over and over.
Unfortunately, the question in question has to do with the continued musical chairs the team has had to play on the offensive line as injuries continue to mount.
“Yes, it’s a challenge, but we’ll have them ready to play,” coach Jeff Fisher said. “That’s what you have to do and we’ll see. We’ll be OK.”
Last week, the Rams were hoping for an early return from left tackle Rodger Saffold after he suffered a neck injury in the opener. Guard Rokevious Watkins suffered an ankle injury in that game and center Scott Wells had a foot injury.
Watkins and Wells have since landed on injured reserve, Wells with the designation that he can return to game action after eight weeks on the list.
Saffold suffered a sprained Medial Collateral Ligament last week against Washington and Fisher said he’d miss at least four weeks. con't...