Bradford strong in return for Rams

Sam Bradford (Getty Images)

ST. LOUIS — Rams quarterback Sam Bradford is back.

Bradford made his preseason debut against the Green Bay Packers on Saturday afternoon at Edward Jones Dome and looked good in his first action since his season-ending knee injury in Week 7 last year.

Bradford directed the Rams’ first two series on Saturday. He completed nine of 12 passes (75 percent) for 101 yards and a touchdown and recorded a quarterback rating of 127.4.

"It felt good," Bradford said. "It was nothing new. I've been here before. I think for everyone else it's probably a bigger deal for me to get back out on the field. But it was nice to get out there in a live game, feel the pass rush, get the ball out of my hand and go out there and execute the way that we did. I thought it was good."

He hooked up with Jared Cook on a shallow crossing pattern to convert a fourth down on the Rams’ first possession, but that drive fizzled out after that because of a holding and illegal formation penalties.

Bradford opened his second series with a nice 41-yard completion to Brian Quick down the middle of the field and finished it by zipping an 11-yard touchdown pass to tight end Lance Kendricks on a seam route.

"For anybody that had questions about Sam’s condition, his physical condition, I think they were answered today," Rams coach Jeff Fisher said. "He could've played last week. We said we intentionally held him out. I was very pleased with his performance in the brief amount of time that he played. You can see he has a fastball and it was a great throw to Brian (Quick) and also to Lance (Kendricks), so I’m happy with his game. I know he’s excited things are clearly behind him now and we’ll move forward, so that was encouraging."

Shaun Hill came in at quarterback for the Rams’ third series in the middle of the second quarter with the Rams trailing 10-7.

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