Bradford Bounces Back

Posted Sep 14, 2011

Much to his surprise, Rams quarterback Sam Bradford wasn’t deluged with a bunch of off the wall remedies for his bruised finger in the couple of days since he suffered the injury late in Sunday’s game against Philadelphia.

Instead, Bradford actually got more strange treatment options from the place that matters most: the training room at the Russell Training Center.

“They have all sorts of contraptions now,” Bradford said. “They got this glove that I wear. Everyone says I look like Michael Jackson. I’m not really sure what it does. It does something, so I do that. Obviously ice, heat, and contrast trying to rub all the swelling out and stuff like that. Just your normal remedies.”

Those run of the mill solutions turned out to be just what Bradford needed though as he returned to practice on Wednesday and barely missed a beat.

Bradford took part in the workout despite an original plan that called for him to sit out and return to throwing on Thursday with an extra day to prepare for Monday night’s game against the Giants.

Upon seeing their quarterback return and throw with little to no trouble, coach Steve Spagnuolo and his team let out a sigh of relief.

“He is kind of over the hump with some things,” Spagnuolo said. “It looks like he’s going to be OK. I think it would be the understatement of the year to say it’s a relief. I think our whole football team, everybody feels that way. We all know how you feel about the quarterback on any team because it’s an important position and you know what Sam means to ours.”

Bradford himself expressed plenty of concern about the injury in the moments following Sunday’s game.

“Yeah, I really was worried about it. I wouldn’t have come out of the game if it wasn’t serious,” Bradford said. “I couldn’t feel it and I couldn’t move it all night, so I really was concerned. Our training staff has done a great job. It’s starting to come around and feels great now, so that’s positive.”

Bradford hit his right index finger on Eagles defensive lineman Juqua Parker’s hand and almost immediately lost feeling in the finger.

The x rays taken right after the injury showed no break but there was some concern Bradford had nerve damage because he couldn’t feel anything.

On Monday, it was described as a bone bruise in the finger and the Rams wanted to be cautious with the injury. They had him ice it and rest it and, yes, put a glove on that sends an electric current through the finger as a form of shock therapy.

All of that seemed to work as Bradford was able to let it fly on Wednesday without really holding back. Although he said there was a little discomfort in the finger after practice, Bradford expressed his happiness with being able to get back to work.

“The hand feels 10 times better than it did on Sunday, even on Monday morning after the game, that’s encouraging,” Bradford said. “Hopefully, it continues to get better and hopefully it will be 100 percent by Monday.”

ROSTER MOVES: The Rams shuffled the deck on the 53-man roster on Wednesday as they continue to fill holes left by the plethora of injuries they suffered against the Eagles.

The team officially signed cornerback Tim Atchison to replace starting corner Ron Bartell. Bartell will go on injured reserve, ending his season.

Atchison originally signed with the Rams as an undrafted free agent out of Baylor and was cut in the final round of roster cutdowns.

The Rams also waived guard/center Drew Miller and replaced him with running back Quinn Porter.

With running back Steven Jackson nursing a strained quadriceps and Danny Amendola out a few weeks with a dislocated elbow, the Rams plucked Porter off Cleveland’s practice squad to provide depth at running back and give the Rams another option in the return game.

“I thought he was kind of a quick, explosive guy,” Spagnuolo said. “He has been a return guy both punt and kickoff returns so there’s a value there. I’m anxious to see him here.”

PRACTICE SQUAD SHUFFLE: The Rams made a pair of changes to the practice squad on Wednesday afternoon, sending out a running back and a safety in exchange for more depth on the offensive line and at quarterback.

Heading the additions is a local fan favorite, center Tim Barnes, who played his college ball at Mizzou. He’s joined by quarterback Tom Brandstater.

Brandstater had a successful college career at Fresno State before the Broncos drafted him in the sixth round in the 2009 NFL Draft. He has bounced around since, landing stints on the practice squad in Indianapolis and Miami before he spent time in Dallas’ camp this year.

Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels drafted Brandstater in Denver.

To make room for Brandstater and Barnes, the Rams let go of running back Chase Reynolds and safety Jonathan Nelson from their practice squad.

INJURY REPORT:  While the news was clearly good on Bradford and not so good on Bartell, the Rams are playing the waiting game with a number of other players.

Receiver Danny Amendola (dislocated left elbow), cornerback Bradley Fletcher (sprained toe), Jackson (quadriceps) and end C.J. Ah You (wrist) sat out Wednesday’s practice.

The status of Amendola is probably the most in flux but it seems that the diagnosis is much better than first feared.

“I don’t think we’re headed for surgery,” Spagnuolo said. “He’s going to rehab it. There’s a lot that went on in there. The important thing is we have cleared the surgery options and hopefully it’s just a matter of rest and rehab to get him back. It’s a week to week thing right now.”

Ah You did head for surgery on Wednesday morning as he got his injured wrist fixed. He’s likely to miss this week’s game though the team is going to toy with a brace and see if that can get him to the game.

Fletcher and Smith are considered day to day and the Rams are hopeful that both will be able to play this week. Jackson is also day to day but his status remains up in the air.

Tight end Michael Hoomanawanui returned to practice and is expected to go against the Giants.