St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford missed practice again on Tuesday. The second-year quarterback is still trying to get over the high ankle sprain that put a damper on his Rookie of the Year follow-up campaign. Reports have circulated since Sunday that the Rams will shut down Bradford for the season. So far, that has yet to happen.
Head coach Steve Spagnuolo called Bradford day-to-day after Tuesday's practice. According to the PD report, Bradford would like to test his ankle before the end of the week. The team is in no rush, however. Spagnuolo made it clear that they would not push Bradford.
As for Bradford himself, not being able to practice or play is wearing on him.
I'm here to play football. I'm not here to ride the (stationary) bike. I'm not here to sit on the sideline. You put so much time in. You put so much work in. And then to just have it taken away and not to be able to go out there and do what you love to do. You know, it's not easy. It (stinks) sitting on the sideline. I don't like it. I think it's miserable.
For as terrible as the Rams have played this season, it still reassuring to hear the quarterback say those things, even after being sacked 36 times, third-most of any NFL quarterback.
It's a stretch to think Bradford could play this week against the Steelers. Could he return for the season finale against the 49ers?