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.