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Practice Recap: 9/4

Posted Sep 4, 2014

Sam Bradford addressed the media, Brian Schottenheimer praised Shaun Hill and Robert Quinn talked about stopping Adrian Peterson following today's practice.

The Rams practiced in the heat for the second day in a row, and are now less than three days away from the team’s home opener against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. Here’s everything you need to know from today’s practice.

GAMEPLANNING FOR MINNESOTA

As is often the case with experienced coaching staffs, the Rams have an idea of what to expect from the Vikings this Sunday.

“He’s a run-game guy first and then everything comes off the run game,” Fisher said of familiar foe and Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner. “Obviously that’s what we’re expecting this week with the talent they have at the running back position.”

Although Minnesota did not show much in the preseason, Rams offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer expects the Vikings to take on a similar approach to Head Coach Mike Zimmer’s previous teams.

“They’re not overly complicated,” Schottenheimer stated. “They’re going to do what they do.  We have a good idea of what they’re going to do front-wise.”

BRADFORD SPEAKS

Perhaps more notable than practice itself was Sam Bradford’s first media availability since he tore his left ACL against the Cleveland Browns in Week Three of the preseason.

“Physically, I actually feel great right now,” Bradford said. “Obviously mentally, it’s tough to put all the work into it and rehab and get back to full strength and then have it taken away in a preseason game. I’m not really sure I can describe what it feels like, but I’m just taking it one day at a time right now.”

Myles Simmons will have plenty more on Bradford’s plans moving forward and his role with the Rams this season in tomorrow’s Wake Up Sprinting.

LEFTOVERS

- Earlier today, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson predicted he will score a touchdown on his first carry of the regular season against the Rams on Sunday.

“I think most backs in the league hope to look forward to scoring on their first carry of the season,” Fisher said.

Pro Bowl defensive end Robert Quinn believes the Rams have the talent and game plan in place to prevent “AP” from doing so.

“In the words of Bart Scott, ‘Can’t wait’,” Quinn said after practice. “He’s definitely a talented back, but he’s playing the Rams. I think we’ve got a great game plan. Guys are excited, revved up for the first game of the season at home. I think it’s going to be a good one.”

- Schottenheimer reiterated Shaun Hill’s ability to fill in for Bradford this season and complimented his work in practice this week following today’s session.

“It’s been a bit of an adjustment obviously getting Shaun up to speed, but wow, what a pro,” Schottenheimer said. “There’s not much he hasn’t seen when it comes to NFL football.”

“There’s really not much we were doing that he wasn’t comfortable with, so we’ll be status quo. It’s been good communication and I think he’s had a good week of practice.”

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