The fact that the ankle remains a subject for discussion nine months after Bradford injured the ankle against Green Bay is more annoyance than pressing concern.
Bradford has been functioning fully during practices. I thought he appeared healthy when watching the Rams practice a couple weeks ago. Coach Jeff Fisher told reporters Thursday that Bradford was "doing fine" and would not require surgery even if Bradford aggravated the injury. Jason LaCanfora of CBSSports.com cited sources with a different take.
"You can go in and fix it and you’re talking about 4-6 months, or you can just rehab it, which he did," Fisher said. "Sometimes, it takes a little bit longer, but he's really not having any issues."
Bradford played through the injury as much as he could last season, earning respect from teammates, including Steven Jackson. Bradford expressed no regrets two weeks ago when I asked him about playing through the injury.
"If there is a chance to stay in the game, I'm always going to play," he said.
The ankle continued to bother him through the offseason, but not enough to keep Bradford off the field. That means Bradford is experiencing what many NFL players experience: lingering effects from various injuries.
The Rams' decision to install a run-oriented offense should help Bradford weather whatever protection problems continue while the team works through personnel issues on its line.