Feeley's injury could hasten arrival of Bradford era

The Sam Bradford era could be here even before the St. Louis Rams would like it to be.

That is because veteran A.J. Feeley is dealing with swelling in his sprained right thumb, casting doubt on his availability for Thursday’s critical third preseason game at New England. If Feeley can’t go, Bradford will start and that could push him into the starting lineup to begin the season, reports Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Feeley was injured when he was hit by Cleveland linebacker Chris Gocong. He experienced pain in his thumb and elbow. X-rays were negative but now the team is requesting an MRI.

Playing in the rain, Bradford really struggled against the Browns. He completed only 6-of-14 passes for 24 yards. Feeley did fine, completing 5-of-6 passes for 45 yards with one touchdown.

"Obviously, I'd like to have had a couple more completions out there," Bradford said. "I felt like we struggled a little bit early. I felt like once I settled down, I made some smart decisions. I felt like for the most part, I was in the right place with the ball."

If the Rams are forced to turn to Bradford soon, they had better hope their offensive line is ready for its challenge.

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