St. Louis Rams Quarterback Sam Bradford Is Ready to Play Against Giants

Sam Bradford will probably recover from an injury to his throwing hand in time to lead the St. Louis Rams against the New York Giants in the second week of the National Football League season.

The quarterback, the 2008 Heisman Trophy winner who was the top pick in last year’s draft, took part in yesterday’s workout even though the original plan called for him to sit out and return to throwing today. Bradford bruised his index finger during a season-opening loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

“It looks like he’s going to be okay,” Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo told reporters. “It would be the understatement of the year to say it’s a relief. I think our whole football team, everybody feels that way.”

Rams running back Steven Jackson missed practice yesterday with a strained quadriceps muscle and his status for the Sept. 19 game against New York hasn’t been determined.

Bradford lost feeling in his finger after the injury, causing concern there may have been nerve damage. After finding it was a bone bruise, he underwent treatment that included ice, rest and a glove that sends electrical currents into the affected area.

“The hand feels 10 times better than it did on Sunday, even on Monday morning after the game, that’s encouraging,” Bradford said. “Hopefully, it continues to get better and hopefully it will be 100 percent by Monday.”

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