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Sam Bradford Could Miss Time with Ankle Injury: Injury Update
No NFL team has been bitten by the injury bug more than the St. Louis Rams. The fortunes for the 0-5 team keep getting worse. Quarterback Sam Bradford(notes) has a high ankle sprain and his status is in doubt for the game against the Dallas Cowboys. He suffered the injury during his team's 24-3 loss to the Green Bay Packers on October 16. Bradford was seen wearing a walking boot on his left foot. The Rams were hoping that their bye in Week Five would have helped the team heal and turn the corner. Instead, things are only getting worse.
The good news for the Rams is that Bradford's injury on his left foot. The quarterback plants with his right foot. For a quarterback, that is akin to having an injury on a non-throwing arm. It should mean that Bradford won't miss as much time as he would have had the injury been on his right foot. That is the biggest reason why the Rams haven't officially announced that Bradford will be out against Dallas. However, it is unlikely that he will be able to play. Bradford figures to miss at least a game. Depending on how he progresses this week, Bradford could find himself missing a couple of weeks.
If Bradford misses the game, A.J. Feeley(notes) will get the start. He will practice this week as if he will be the starting quarterback on October 23. That doesn't bode well for the Rams. Feeley has starting experience but he hasn't played in a long time. The Rams could have avoided an 0-6 start if Bradford was healthy. Now that will be difficult. His absence would also be bad news for Brandon Lloyd(notes). The Rams acquired the Pro Bowl receiver from the Denver Broncos on October 17. It will take a little longer for him to develop a relationship with Bradford.
With the 2011 season officially a disaster, there is little hope for the Rams to reach the playoffs. The team is in too big of a hole and is too banged up. It doesn't make any sense to risk further injury to Bradford and rush him back. The Rams should be happy that the injury isn't more serious. They should have Bradford healthy for the second half of the season. The schedule softens up at that point and the team can build some confidence for 2012.
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