Saturday, October 22, 2011
No Bradford: Feeley last won start in 2004
By Mike Sando
Quarterback Sam Bradford did not miss a snap during his 2010 rookie season with the St. Louis Rams.
Bradford did not make it through the Rams' first game this season, missing the final nine offensive snaps against Philadelphia after injuring a finger. The pounding Bradford has taken caught up with him Saturday when the Rams downgraded him to doubtful for their game against Dallas in Week 7.
A.J. Feeley will start. Signing Tom Brandstater from the practice squad indicates Bradford won't be available.
The down time should be good for Bradford, who hasn't practiced since suffering a high-ankle sprain on the Rams' final offensive play against Green Bay last week. If he wasn't healthy enough to drop back and throw in practice Friday, the ankle wasn't going to let him scramble away from DeMarcus Ware and the Cowboys' defense, either.
Bradford's injury comes just as the offense was showing signs of improvement with a 424-yard game against the Packers. Acquiring receiver Brandon Lloyd and welcoming back receiver Mark Clayton from injury (not this week, but soon) will give Bradford a better chance for success once he does return. High sprains can take weeks to heal, however. The injury could affect Bradford for the remainder of the season, but if he has receivers getting open and holding onto the ball, he'll be in better position to find them before pressure arrives.
The last time Feeley, 34, started in the regular season, he completed 19 of 42 passes for 220 yards with one touchdown and four interceptions for Philadelphia during a 2007 home defeat to Seattle. The last time he won a start was in 2004, for Miami. He has a 7-8 career record as a starter.