When asked who would play quarterback for his team on Monday against Seattle, St. Louis Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo showed that although his team sits at 2-10, he still has a sense of humor.
“I was thinking of lining up there myself,” he joked. “I was a wishbone quarterback in high school so I could pull those notebooks out.”
But seriously, the Rams do have some uncertainty at the quarterback position. Spagnuolo said the team is limiting Sam Bradford’s reps in practice with the hopes that he can return from a high ankle sprain that he re-injured last week, which kept him out of the San Francisco game.
“We’re always going to put the health of the player first and foremost,” Spagnuolo said. “And that was kind of where we were at last week in deciding that we didn’t want to put him in a position where he could go backwards.
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“We just felt, and we’re hopeful that another eight days … that it will feel better, he’ll be up on his toes and just get him out of any kind of danger zone. And should we get to the end of the week, and we think that’s not the case, then we’re going to protect Sam first. Sam was more than willing to go last week, but we just didn’t think medically all thinks considered that we should do that.
“And we’re taking the same approach this week. What we’re trying to do is get him to the game, so his reps will be very limited. And then we’ll see where we’re at on Monday.”
Backup A.J. Feeley has a fractured right thumb that’s still swollen and likely will not allow him to get on the field this week.
The Rams brought Tom Brandstater up from the practice squad to the active roster, and is taking the majority of reps during practice. At 6-foot-5, 223 pounds, the Fresno State product is big, but not exactly mobile and would limit what St. Louis could do offensively, particularly behind a makeshift offensive line that has suffered a rash of injuries.
And the Rams claimed Kellen Clemons off waivers this week (Texans) this week as insurance in case Bradford and Feeley can’t play.