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Wake Up Sprinting: 9/5

Posted Sep 5, 2014

Myles Simmons has everything you need to know from Sam Bradford's press conference, the Rams final practice before the opener and much more.

Good morning, Rams fans. It’s September 5 and we’re just two days away from the home opener. Here’s what you need to know to start your Friday.

BRADFORD SPEAKS

Sam Bradford spoke to the media yesterday for the first time since re-tearing the ACL in his left knee against the Browns on August 23. The quarterback said that despite the injury, he’s actually feeling good and moving without pain.

“I think if you saw me walking around you’d probably have no idea that my ACL was torn, so that’s a positive,” Bradford said.

But it’s no surprise to hear the quarterback say how tough it was to learn he’d be out for the season with the same injury two years in a row.

“To put all the work into it in rehab, get back to full strength, and then to have it taken away in a preseason game -- I’m not really sure I can describe what that feels like,” Bradford said. “I was really hoping that the doc was going to be wrong, and I was going to go in for the MRI and they were going to tell me it wasn’t torn. And then when I came in here and they told me it was torn, it was pretty tough.”

The quarterback said what made the news more difficult was that he did not experience many of the symptoms he had last year. Because of that, he didn’t think the injury would be as bad as it turned out to be.

“It was one of those things that it wasn’t nearly as painful as the one in Carolina last year,” Bradford said. “At first I thought that I probably just broke up some scar tissue or something, because by the time I got to the sideline, I felt fine.

“There wasn’t any pain, there was no swelling, there were no signs that the knee had gone through any sort of trauma,” he added. “So to find out my ACL was torn was even harder to believe.”

Bradford said that his surgery is not yet scheduled, but he will be going to Dr. James Andrews to perform it. After that, the quarterback said he plans to be around the team, much like he was last year. He said that he enjoys being around the team, and wants to help starter Shaun Hill as much as he can.

“I’ll be rehabbing here, sitting in on meetings,” Bradford said. “Going out to practice when I can, and just offering my ideas when I have them. Just trying to help Shaun and be and ear and an eye for him.”

The Oklahoma product said he’s expecting another long and difficult rehab process, but will focus on taking it one day at a time. But Bradford said he does think about what could have been this season, especially because he felt so good throwing the ball in camp.

“I think that’s the other really frustrating part is that we finally had everything going in the right direction around here,” Bradford said. “This is as talented a team as I’ve ever been a part of -- on both sides of the ball. I was just so excited to get back out on the field and play with these guys. And from what we were able to do in OTAs and in training camp, I guess not knowing how it would’ve turned out this year is probably something that’s going to eat me up for a while.”

HAVE THE RIGHT BAG

As the season opener draws nearer, just wanted to remind you all of the NFL’s bag policy that began last season. If you can avoid bringing a bag to the Edward Jones Dome, you probably should. But if not, according to the policy, you can bring…

a) Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12" x 6" x 12." (Official NFL team logo clear plastic tote bags will be available through club merchandise outlets or at nflshop.com/allclear)

or…

b) One-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar).

Be sure to follow the policy to make your game day experience go as smoothly as possible. And tell your friends, too!

OPENING DAY DETAILS

Your Rams will open the season Sunday at noon against the Vikings at the Edward Jones Dome. If you can’t make it out, Fox will have the broadcast of the game with Dick Stockton on play-by-play, Kirk Morrison as the color analyst, and Kristina Pink as the sideline reporter.

As always, Steve Savard and D’Marco Farr have the call on ESPN 101 with Will Witherspoon on the sideline.

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