Can Bradford light it up tonight? Random Ramsdom, 8/7

Head coach Steve Spagnuolo of the St. Louis Rams looks on during training camp at the Russell Athletic Training Facility. He'll have plenty to keep an eye on tonight as the Rams take the field for a scrimmage.

Fans will get their first looks at QB Sam Bradford, RB Steven Jackson and the rest of the St. Louis Rams of the season in a kinda, sorta game situation tonight when the team has their scrimmage tonight at Lindenwood University. Are you planning on going to the scrimmage? Let us know in the comments. Anyway, let's jump in on this Saturday morning. 

Tough break for the Rams DL depth, defensive tackle Chris Hovan was moved to IR yesterday with a back injury. Hovan probably wasn't much more than depth, experienced depth at a position of need. The last time he missed more than one game in a season was 2004. This is one of those losses that doesn't seem like a big deal right now, but could come back to bite the Rams should one of their starters go down with injury. Fred Robbins, Clifton Ryan, Darrell Scott and Gary Gibson comprise the top of the depth chart at DT, and Flajole will often use some of his DEs in the middle too. 

In a situation that we hope won't turn into a death by a thousand cuts, the Rams roster is plagued with small-time injuries, not usual this time of year as players get back into the grind of day-to-day football. I suspect many of these bumps and bruises are the kinds of things that wouldn't keep players on the bench in the regular season. There are a couple of situations to keep an eye on

  • James Butler has a knee injury. No word on the severity yet. If Butler is lost for any amount of time, Craig Dahl can easily step in, and may be a better bet as the starting SS anyway. But it's all about the depth, and secondary is a place where the Rams need all the able bodied players they can get. 
  • Keith Totson has a long way to go before he earns a roster spot, much less a job backing up Steven Jackson. He's out with a concussion. Nevertheless, the Rams need to see everything they can from their stable of backup runners.
The big news yesterday was Sam Bradford. His performance has positively lit the internets on fire! The rookie QB dominated practice yesterday, displaying exactly the kind of ability that got him drafted first overall. All eyes will be on King Sam tonight at the scrimmage. Carneros has a recap of Brian Stull's ESPN 101 report:

 

Sam Bradford had his best day since he became a Ram. He really looked good. He was throwing some lasers, and threading the needle. Sam in his own admission did not look especially strong in recent practices since more advanced blitz packages were thrown at him, having passes batted down. Today he had no such problems. He also started to take more first team reps today. Sam looked a lot more comfortable today and looked very sharp.

Music to your ears, no?

Spags plans to challenge Bradford and the whole team at tonight's scrimmage. 

We'll have recap and reactions to tonight's scrimmage as well as an open thread/Twitter thing. If you're heading out there tonight be sure and let us know so that we can get connected and tell our friends at home or in CA what's happening on the field tonight. In the meantime, I've got a fantasy football post to give you some mid-day distraction. 

And feel free to hit us up on Twitter: @TurfShowTimes. In fact, here's a question for Twitter discussion today: who do you expect or want to see have a big night tonight?

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