Evening Conversation: Should Bradford be allowed to start?

JACKSONVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 01: Quarterback Sam Bradford #8 of the St. Louis Rams attempts a pass during a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field on September 1, 2011 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

As we all know, Sam Bradford was listed as questionable for Sunday.  It seems unlikely that he will be able to go, but I have one question; what if Bradford is in the grey area for being able to play?  Sam Bradford, undoubtedly, will want to suit up and play.  Would that be the best thing for him and the Rams?  Let's take a quick look at both sides.

Play Him

 

  • The Rams really need a win and it's very unlikely that AJ Feely can lead them to one over the Cowboys. Between 2008 and 2010 Feeley did not attempt a pass. 
  • Sam has family and friends attending this game.  Not letting Bradford play could cause a rift between Sam and the coaches (unlikely, but could happen).

 

Sit Him

 

  • Why risk it?  The chances of the Rams winning are low. 
  • He hasn't practiced all week.  He probably won't be able to play as well as a healthy AJ Feeley (debatable).

 

As for me, I always go on the side of caution when it comes to injuries.  This is especially heightened when the team is 0-5.  Sam may want to go out and play, but the Rams need to act in their best interest; to make sure Sam Bradford does not get injured for a long period.  The phrase is overused, but he is the franchise; the team is built around him.  The Rams have to protect their investment.

I have a feeling that most of you will be on the same side as me, but I am curious to hear other arguments.

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