The risks appear higher and the likely rewards about as elusive for Bradford and the Rams against Dallas in Week 7. Coach Steve Spagnuolo sounded Friday as though Bradford, sidelined all week by the high-ankle sprain he suffered on that desperation play against Green Bay, would have a tough time playing.
"I’m not ruling it out, but we’re going to just be as smart as we can," Spagnuolo told reporters.
The Rams listed Bradford as questionable.
I questioned during a radio interview whether Bradford should have been in the Green Bay game for that fourth-and-12 play. I've changed my mind on that after reviewing the game more closely. The Rams took possession near midfield with 5:37 remaining. They had been moving the ball well throughout the game. More than four minutes remained before the fourth-and-12 play. The odds for a comeback were slim, but it was too early to stop trying.
Bradford did not practice Friday. He tested out braces with team trainer Reggie Scott, settling on a couple that felt better than the others. The top priority, Spagnuolo said, was making sure the ankle wasn't at additional risk for further injury. Bradford had told reporters this week that the ankle was structurally sound and that pain tolerance would be the primary issue. I took that to mean Bradford was likely to play, but his absence from practice Friday could be telling.
"He didn’t come out here and practice, so we didn’t think he was healthy enough to do that," Spagnuolo said. "We’ll take it one day at a time and we’ll see where we're at on Sunday."
Also on the injury front, the Rams are not expecting receiver Mark Clayton or cornerback Marquis Johnson to play this week. Both have been on the physically unable to perform list. Both were understandably rusty, Spagnuolo said.