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Notebook 10/30: Bradford Maintaining Leadership Role During Absence

Posted Oct 30, 2013

While Sam Bradford won’t be donning a helmet and shoulder pads anytime soon, that hasn’t prevented the Rams quarterback from making his presence felt with his teammates in the past week.

Bradford has been a regular at practices, and was on the sideline during the Rams’ 14-9 loss to Seattle this week. The four-year starter has made an effort to gain mental reps while sidelined, but most importantly, has played as a sounding board for current starter Kellen Clemens.

“It’s been awesome, it really has,” Clemens said. “He’s got a wealth of knowledge because he’s played so long. He’s played more games than I have, so it’s been great to be able to bounce things off of them. When you talk about Seattle and teams in this division, he’s played against them, so it’s been great.”

Bradford, who is still waiting for swelling surrounding his torn left ACL to subside before undergoing surgery, has embraced the opportunity to continue to contribute, albeit in a different role.

“I’m basically just here to help. It’s kind of a little bit of a role reversal. Kellen’s been here for me a lot over the last couple years and I’m trying to do the same thing for him that he’s done for me. Sitting and watching tape, telling him things I see at practice, just little things like that.”

While not unprecedented, Bradford’s post-injury availability during practices and games would not be categorized as typical. Head Coach Jeff Fisher said Bradford’s contributions off the field are perhaps most indicative of the leader he was while on it.

“That’s just Sam,” Fisher said. “Nobody said anything to him about coming around and he just loves it. He was voted captain, and clearly that’s not the reason he’s here. He’s here because he wants to help.”

News and Notes

-The Rams practiced indoors for the first time in weeks on Wednesday.

-As Fisher suggested during his Tuesday news conference, RB Benny Cunningham practiced Wednesday.

-Fisher remains pleased with the progress of RB Zac Stacy, who recorded a career-best with 134 rushing yards against Seattle.

“We didn’t have any concern about his learning ability, those kinds of things. We all felt like the physical ability was there. I’d say I’m not surprised, while I’m very pleased right now with what he’s been able to do.”

-Sunday will mark Fisher’s first game against the Tennessee Titans, who he coached with for 17 seasons, since joining the Rams in 2012.

Injury Report

Rams:

T Jake Long (knee), G Harvey Dahl (knee), RB Zac Stacy (foot), RB Daryl Richardson (foot), C Scott Wells (thigh) and WR Austin Pettis (thigh) did not practice. QB Kellen Clemens (right shoulder) and S Darian Stewart (foot) were limited. RB Benny Cunningham (ankle) participated fully on Wednesday.

Titans:

LB Moise Fokou (knee), S Michael Griffin (quadriceps) and T David Stewart (shoulder) did not practice. DT Jurrell Casey (ankle) was limited. LB Patrick Bailey (hamstring), LB Zaviar Gooden (hamstring), DE Derrick Morgan (shoulder) and DE Ripati Pitoitua (calf) participated fully. C Rob Turner (shoulder) was placed on injured reserve.

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