Sam Bradford surgery postponed

EARTH CITY, Mo. -- St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford had knee surgery postponed due to swelling in the knee, coach Jeff Fisher said Wednesday.

Fisher also said the operation has yet to be rescheduled.

"It will be in the near future," Fisher said. "There was a little bit of swelling from the work that he was doing. Nowadays, the physicians prefer to really strengthen the knee, strengthen the quad area and then, of course, make sure that most of the swelling is down. During some of the rehab, he swelled up a little bit, so we just decided to wait. Nothing to be alarmed about."

Bradford has been spending all of his time at Rams Park, working to strengthen the knee before undergoing surgery. The theory is that a stronger knee should allow for a shorter recovery time.

"The more range of motion, the more strength," Fisher said. "Back in the old days, they'd cast you for half your life. Now, you come out of the procedure and they're already working the range of motion, so it's different. That's why they're coming back so fast."

Neither the team nor Bradford has set any definitive timetable for his return, but the expectation is that he should be able to return in time for the 2014 season. Even with a slight delay, it doesn't appear the chance of that happening will be altered in any significant way.