Fingers crossed -- and healing -- for Rams, Bulger

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Regular-season Wednesdays can be telling on the NFL injury front. That is probably the case for quarterback Marc Bulger and the Rams.

Bulger's recovery from a broken pinkie finger on his throwing hand appears on track, but can he take repeated snaps from center without risking turnovers? The Rams' plan calls for Bulger to find out Wednesday. That's when Bulger plans to take direct snaps from center Jason Brown for the first time since an ill-fated exchange left Bulger injured Aug. 17.

Bulger has said he plans to start against the Seahawks in the opener Sunday at Qwest Field. He suggested painkillers might help him get through the game.

This could be a difficult situation. The crowd noise in Seattle puts offensive lines at a disadvantage anyway. Communication is tougher. Extra measures taken to ensure clean center exchanges could come at a price. The Rams will have plenty to think about already while running a new offense in a hostile environment with a potentially rusty quarterback.