Sam Bradford's hand checks out sooner than Rams expected

The St. Louis Rams piled up enough injury concerns in their season opener. The good news is they’ll no longer have to worry too much about the bruised right index finger Sam Bradford suffered in the loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Bradford threw in practice on Wednesday and the original plan was for him to not do that until today or Friday.

He's kind of over the hump with some things," Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo said, according to Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "Looks like he's going to be OK."

Bradford was injured in the fourth quarter when his throwing hand collided with the left hand of rushing Eagles defensive lineman Juqua Parker. At first, the Rams feared there could be some nerve damage.

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

Bradford said he will not consider wearing a glove on his throwing hand to improve his grip. He has an extra day to prepare as the Rams play the New York Giants on Monday night.

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