The St. Louis Rams are hoping to have their starting quarterback Sam Bradford at full health this season, but that doesn’t appear to be the case at this point in time.
According to a report from Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, Bradford has looked slow and is moving gingerly at times. Both of those issues are very usual for players that are coming off of ACL tears, but they are still very concerning signs with the season closing in quickly.
You can tell Sam Bradford still moving a little gingerly at times, only natural coming off the ACL. Kenny Britt’s been a surprise so far
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) August 1, 2014
Bradford is going to be asked to carry quite a load this coming season with the offense that they currently have. They have solid running backs to take the pressure off of him, but they have some big play threats at wide receiver and need their starting quarterback in order to reach their full potential. It’s good to hear that Britt is having a surprising offseason, as he is going to slide right into a major role with the offense if he can figure things out and turn his career around.
Last season with the Rams, Bradford showed a much improved arm and decision making ability. He played in just seven regular season games before going down with his ACL tear, but threw for 1,687 yards and 14 touchdowns, while throwing just four interceptions. If he is able to get back to full health and get back out there this season, he should be able to get back to the form that he showed last season and tear defenses up like the Rams expected when they drafted him.
All of that being said, it is going to be very interesting to see how the Rams use Bradford in the preseason. They need to get him back out on the field for some action before the regular season rolls around, but they also don’t want to rush him out there if he isn’t ready. Hopefully Bradford is able to get things turned around and heal fully by Week 3 of the preseason to get some game practice under his belt.