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
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
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
Fisher said he thought Bradford has been moving well, has had no
issues and didn’t ”anticipate” offseason surgery would be
”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
”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.”