With the NFL trade deadline now in the rear-view mirror, the biggest question for the St. Louis Rams is whether or not quarterback Sam Bradford will play this week. Bradford sustained a high ankle sprain while taking a sack against the Green Bay Packers. Backup QB A.J. Feeley will take snaps with the first team in practice tomorrow, and the decision on Bradford's status is one that will likely go all the way down to the wire.
Bradford's sprained ankle is on his left foot, which is not the one he plants with when throwing the ball. That helps shave off some of the potential complications and pain for the second-year quarterback, and explains why the Rams have yet to declare Feeley the starter against Dallas this week.
With the game in Dallas and Texas and Oklahoma being virtually indistinguishable to anyone outside of the two states, Bradford will do everything he can to play this week in what is essentially a home game. (Our Texas and OK fans know I'm just kidding. The drive from OKC to Dallas is practically nothing though). He also, finally, has a bona fide receiver to throw to, which ought to make him pretty eager to get on the field.
You can expect the Rams to hold off on a decision about Bradford until the last minute. In the meantime, keep an eye on the developments at Rams Park. How much work Bradford does this week in practice will be telling, especially if he doesn't do any practicing. Also, if Bradford seems unlikely to play, the Rams will need to activate Tom Brandstater from the practice squad to have a backup for Feeley.
The Rams did make one practice squad move today, adding WR Kristopher Adams and releasing CB Nate Ness.