QB calls ankle injury “non-issue”

St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford says speculation he

might need offseason ankle surgery is off-base.

”That would be news to me,” Bradford said Thursday night after

practice. ”To be honest, I’m tired of talking about the ankle.

”Until it causes me to miss reps or miss time, it’s a

non-issue.”

Bradford missed six games with a high left ankle sprain last

season, aggravating the injury a few times after being hurt in

mid-October and sitting out the final three games. He brought up

the injury after the team scrimmaged earlier this month when asked

generically how he felt physically, volunteering the ankle would

need to be managed.

”It’s close,” Bradford said on Aug. 4. ”I think it’s as good

as it’s going to feel. It’s something we’re managing right

now.”

Bradford added then that it had been a ”little bit frustrating

that it’s somewhat there still” and that rest and rehab hadn’t

been quite enough.

Bradford was 7 for 9 for 57 yards in the preseason opener, a

38-3 loss at Indianapolis. Coach Jeff Fisher said most starters

will probably play another series or so longer in Saturday night’s

Governor’s Cup game in St. Louis against the Kansas City

Chiefs.

Fisher said he thought Bradford has been moving well, has had no

issues and didn’t ”anticipate” offseason surgery would be

needed.

”He’s doing fine. You can see he’s out there doing fine,”

Fisher said. ”I think it won’t go away because everybody keeps

asking him.

”Quit asking him and it’ll heal up.”

Fisher said surgery could sideline a player four to six months,

but rehabbing the injury could be a longer process.

”A high ankle mechanism is serious stuff,” Fisher said.

”There was a lot of separation in there last year. He tried to

play through on it and he couldn’t. He’s doing fine.”