Friday, November 4, 2011, 6:39pm
Rams QB Sam Bradford (ankle, questionable) took limited practice reps again Friday and is questionable for Week 9. Hopefully, fantasy owners have a better option than Bradford, since the Rams/Cardinals game kicks off at 4:15 PM ET. It's a great matchup, but Bradford hasn't had much time to practice.
Thursday, November 3, 2011, 6:48pm
Rams QB Sam Bradford (ankle) missed practice again Thursday. Bradford did do some individual work, and it looks like he might play, but he's is a risky start due to the 4:15 PM ET kickoff. The matchup against the Cardinals is tantalizing, but keep in mind that Bradford hasn't had much practice time over the last few weeks and hasn't yet practiced fully with Brandon Lloyd.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011, 6:51pm
Rams QB Sam Bradford (ankle) did not practice Wednesday. Bradford suited up, but didn't participate. He'll need to get some reps in before we'll recommend starting him in a not-so-great matchup against the Cowboys.
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Friday, October 21, 2011, 6:28pm
Rams QB Sam Bradford (ankle, questionable) missed practice all week and is questionable for Week 7. Bradford was supposed to test his ankle today but that apparently didn't happen. We're not expecting him to play against the Cowboys after not practicing at all this week. A.J. Feeley would get the start.
The St. Louis Rams expect quarterback Sam Bradford's status for this weekend's game against the Dallas Cowboys to be a game-time decision, a source with knowledge of the situation said Thursday, but he hasn't been able to do enough at this point to play.
According to the source, the hope early in the week was Bradford could play with a high ankle sprain, but given the nature of his injury, no one was certain. After Bradford missed his second consecutive practice Thursday, it appears playing Sunday is less likely. The team hopes Bradford can do more in walkthroughs and practice Friday.
If Bradford can't play, A.J. Feeley would start.
Bradford's injury is one that often sidelines players for up to a month, but the quarterback said Wednesday that the ankle was improved from earlier in the week and that he believed his playing would be a matter of "pain tolerance," not how much he is able to practice this week.
While we're reasonably high on Bradford for the rest of the season (with the addition of Brandon Lloyd), he wouldn't be a good start against a pretty tough Dallas pass defense anyway. Owners in need should turn to fairly dependable options like Colt McCoy, Matt Cassel or Matt Hasselbeck, or even Curtis Painter or Matt Moore, who have terrific matchups against the Saints and Dolphins, respectively.
Thursday, October 20, 2011, 7:07pm
Rams QB Sam Bradford (ankle) missed practice again Thursday. Bradford is expected to start per Adam Schefter though John Clayton speculated that he would not play. The Cowboys aren't a great matchup, but Brandon Lloyd is expected to play, so Bradford should get a small boost. It remains to be seen how effective he'll be on a sprained ankle. We'll know more on Friday, when Bradford is expected to test his ankle.
Thursday, October 20, 2011, 1:22pm
Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo said, "It looked like he didn't skip a beat, kind of stepped in there and looked like he had been in there for a month. It will take some work to get the timing down, but he does know the system."
Lloyd is an old hand at getting the timing down. Only once in his career has Lloyd worked with the same QB the entire season, 2007, with the Redskins and Jason Campbell. So, whether A.J. Feeley or Sam Bradford gets the call Sunday against the Cowboys seems irrelevant.
"I'm pretty used to switching around," he said with a hearty laugh. "So it doesn't matter who the quarterback is."
Normally we're not fans of WRs who change teams midseason, but Lloyd has two things going for him: He knows the offense and there is plenty of opportunity for snaps and targets in the Rams less-than-stellar receiving corps. The biggest hurdle for Lloyd is developing a rapport with Sam Bradford, who is missing practice with a sprained ankle.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011, 7:31pm
Rams QB Sam Bradford (ankle) did not practice Wednesday. Bradford is expected to start per Adam Schefter. The Cowboys aren't a great matchup, but Brandon Lloyd is expected to play, so Bradford should get a small boost. It remains to be seen how effective he'll be on a sprained ankle.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011, 1:09pm
During an appearance on 101 ESPN in January, when Brandon Lloyd was asked how much credit Rams OC Josh McDaniels should receive for his phenomenal numbers in 2010, he said, "All of it. He provided the right environment for me to thrive in. He gave me confidence and most importantly he gave me opportunity. With this offense, it allowed Kyle (Orton) to be able to throw the ball like he could throw the ball and have the confidence to do it. Josh was the sole provider of that confidence and opportunity for both of us."
We're expecting good things from Lloyd as he joins the Rams. He's familiar with the offense and has an OC that is willing to use him. He also had a good QB throwing him the ball. The question will be how quickly can Sam Bradford and Lloyd develop the timing and rapport that is so crucial to QB/WR success.