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Sam Bradford Injury: McDaniels Confident QB Will Play Monday Night

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Brady Poppinga was showing some intensity in practice today. Can it translate into making the right gap assignments this week?
Brady Poppinga was showing some intensity in practice today. Can it translate into making the right gap assignments this week?

The St. Louis Rams wrapped up their Friday practice this afternoon. For the third day in a row, their top two quarterbacks watched from the sidelines. Tom Brandstater again took reps with the first team, but he shared them with newly acquired Kellen Clemens. Is it a quarterback controversy?

If it is a quarterback controversy it's the most "meh" one in the history of the NFL. Bradford is still dealing with his ankle injury, re-aggravated in a recent loss to the Cardinals on a rollout. Whether or not Bradford can start Monday night remains to be seen, but it doesn't look good at this point.

Josh McDaniels sounded an optimistic note on Bradford's availability for the game. He also noted that if Bradford could not play, the playbook would have to be dumbed down a little bit.

In other injury news, fullback and special teams contributor Brit Miller injured his ankle during a drill. The team will have to wait and see on his status for Monday night.

Chris Long and Fred Robbins missed practice again today. Both might be getting the late-season veteran treatment, resting some more during practice. Long will play, and is one of the game day captains.

In other non-essential quarterback news, practice squad addition Matt Gutierrez was released today after spending two days on the roster.

Jim Thomas also reported that linebacker Brady Poppinga was scuffling at practice. It's great to see his veteran intensity, and hopefully that will translate into him finally getting his assignments right on a consistent basis rather than allowing the Rams to get ripped apart in the ground game.