The St. Louis Rams could very well be without starting quarterback Sam Bradford this week against the San Francisco 49ers. Backup A.J. Feeley did most of the work in practice today. Bradford was "very limited," according to Jim Thomas of the Post-Dispatch. Bradford did not practice at all yesterday.
For what it's worth, Feeley expressed confidence that Bradford would play this week, according to Balzer.
Clearly the team is concerned about Bradford's availability. Quarterback Tom Brandstater was re-signed to the practice squad today, giving the team a third quarterback. They have until tomorrow to make a decision on whether or not to activate Brandstater.
To make room for Brandstater, the Rams released linebacker Eddie Jones, who they signed earlier this week.
Chris Long sat out practice again, but reiterated his statement from yesterday that he intends to play. Long is at the point of his career where he can probably rest during the week as needed, sort of like when Steven Jackson is feeling the wear and tear.
Safety Darian Stewart will not play this week, still dealing with the effects of a concussion. Howard Balzer reports that Stewart will not take a concussion impact test until Monday. That isn't good news for the Rams defense, as it means Craig Dahl will be asked to do more in coverage, not to mention defending seam routes against Vernon Davis.
Defensive tackle Justin Bannan did test his shoulder in practice today, and he could be on the field Sunday. The Rams missed Bannan last week as Beanie Wells gashed them for 200+ yards.