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Fisher reveals Saturday plan for Bradford

8/16/2014

EARTH CITY, Mo. -- Rams coach Jeff Fisher announced right after his team's preseason opener against the Saints that quarterback Sam Bradford would play this week against the Packers.

Fisher was asked again the day after he said it, and he confirmed it again. He was asked again Monday and confirmed it again. But Fisher didn't share how much Bradford will play Saturday until Thursday evening.

“Well, we’re going to play him a quarter, maybe a little bit more," Fisher said. "And [we're looking] for him to continue doing the same things he’s doing out here. Push the ball down the field; it’s an opportunity to work against someone else and work with our receivers that he’s been working very well with right now.”

Earlier this week, Bradford made it clear he's eager to return to a game for the first time since suffering a torn left anterior cruciate ligament in October of last year. He said he's not as concerned with taking a hit as he is excited for other people to see that he's going to be fine.

Bradford has taken every rep with the first-team offense in training camp, and aside from usual soreness, he says he hasn't had any setbacks along the way. Fisher agreed with Bradford and made it clear he has no concerns about his quarterback taking a hit or playing in his first game since the injury.

“No, none whatsoever; he’s healthy," Fisher said. "He’s our starting quarterback, and he’s healthy. He’s going to play in a preseason game, that’s it.”

In his first two years in St. Louis, Fisher has shown a preference for gradually building his starters' playing time throughout the preseason. So it stands to reason if Bradford plays about a quarter against the Packers, he'll play a bit more against Cleveland next week and then even a little more in the exhibition finale against Miami.