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Bradford's prognosis should boost Rams

Losing running back Steven Jackson and a few role players was bad enough for the St. Louis Rams.

Losing quarterback Sam Bradford would have hurt more.

Giants With 5+ DBs on Field

The fact that Bradford practiced Wednesday and said his injured finger feels "10 times better" should come as a relief to the Rams. It means they'll have their most important offensive player for their Monday night game against the New York Giants.

The Rams spent an abbreviated offseason shaping their offense around Bradford. Changing quarterbacks would have disrupted the offense more than changing players at other positions. Jackson and leading 2010 receiver Danny Amendola are already out. Bradford's presence maintains needed continuity. His poise and confidence have also become important to the Rams.

Bradford will be facing a Giants secondary severely depleted by injuries. The chart compares the Giants' 2010 performance with five defensive backs on the field to their corresponding results from a Week 1 defeat at Washington. No team in the league held opponents to a lower QBR in these situations last season.