Bradford Will Start On Thursday

Sam Bradford (AP/Charles Krupa)

St. Louis Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo said on Friday that the team has yet to make a decision on which quarterback, veteran A.J. Feeley or rookie Sam Bradford, would start the season opener on Sept. 12 against the Arizona Cardinals.

Bradford, the No. 1 overall pick out of the University of Oklahoma, will start the Rams preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday because Feeley has not recovered from the thumb injury he suffered against the Browns in the second preseason game.

In his first preseason start on Thursday, Bradford was impressive in the Rams' 36-35 victory over the New England Patriots on the road. He completed 15 of 22 passes (68.2 percent) for 189 yards and two touchdowns — both to rookie tight end Michael Hoomanawanui — and finished with a passer rating of 125.0.

"He was excellent last night," Spagnuolo said during his conference call with reporters on Friday. "I think we all know that. He said it best I think after the game when he said he felt in rhythm. Anytime your quarterback can get in rhythm, certainly with the rest of the team and having Steven Jackson taking handoffs, that's a good thing. Right now, A.J. (Feeley) probably won't make it to the Baltimore game anyway. …

"So certainly Sam will start in this Baltimore game. We'll gauge how long he'll play based on a lot of things between now and that game. I would like to see Sam put back-to-back games together. Then we'll make a decision shortly after that Baltimore game which direction we are going to go and which quarterback."



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