Monday, October 17, 2011
Feeley to Lloyd not what Rams envisioned
By Mike Sando
The St. Louis Rams' excitement over acquiring receiver Brandon Lloyd from the Denver Broncos comes as the team considers an involuntary quarterback change.
The ankle injury Sam Bradford suffered late during the Rams' 24-3 defeat to Green Bay in Week 6 was more serious than the team had hoped it would be. It's a high sprain. Bradford is wearing a walking boot. Veteran backup A.J. Feeley will work with the starting offense when the Rams practice Wednesday.
"Those can go in a lot of different directions, so we’ll see where we are at the end of the week," coach Steve Spagnuolo told reporters Monday.
Left tackle Rodger Saffold also emerged from the game with a lower-leg injury, this one to the fibula. His status was not immediately known. Given that teams often build around quarterbacks and left tackles on offense, the 0-5 Rams could have lived without this latest dose of bad news on the injury front.
"I think you’re always concerned when you see your quarterback in a boot," Spagnuolo said. "In my experience with the high-ankle sprains, you just never know how long they’re going to take. Fortunately, it’s not the plant foot, so that helps a little bit. But my limited knowledge about throwing the football quarterback-wise is, it is from the bottom up. So you still need your legs and ankles to throw the ball effectively."
Bradford also needs his legs to scramble away from pressure. The Rams are facing Demarcus Ware and the Dallas Cowboys on the road in Week 7. Bradford already arguably qualified as imperiled heading into that matchup. Diminishing his mobility while taking away or weakening his left tackle would put Bradford at undue risk, in my view.
The Rams need to be smart about this one, no matter how desperate they are to win a game.