GREEN BAY, WI - OCTOBER 16: Sam Bradford #8 of the St. Louis Rams passes against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on October 16, 2011 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers beat the Rams 24-3. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford suffered a pretty nasty high ankle sprain in 2011. It helped send the team into the toilet and marred his follow up season to Rookie of the Year debut. Bradford said this week that his ankle still bothers him.
In Norman, Ok., for his youth football camp, Bradford told the media that his ankle still bothered him occasionally, but the news was not all bad with regards to his leg.
"It's good, it's good. I would say there's still days where it's not 100 percent, but I really haven't had any major setbacks. It seems to be getting better every week. I'm hoping by the time training camp gets here that it'll really be a non-factor."
Bradford participated in the Rams' spring minicamps and OTAs, which are fairly limited workouts with no pads and no contact. Training camp starts July 28, when the full team is due to report. Needless to say, there will not be a more closely watched limb in St. Louis in the weeks after that.
In hindsight, the Rams probably erred not withholding Bradford more than they did last year under former head coach Steve Spagnuolo and the clueless Josh McDaniels. Word is that Bradford's ankle got worse after he rushed back to action after missing just two games when he first suffered the injury.
High ankle sprains are troublesome injuries, but the kind that players routinely recover from. It seems unlikely that Bradford's ankle will be a problem heading into the preseason. Fans will feel much better once they know that for sure.