St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford will play in Saturday’s preseason matchup with the Green Bay Packers. This will be Bradford’s first time playing since he tore his ACL last October against the Carolina Panthers.
According to the St. Louis Dispatch, Rams head coach Jeff Fisher will play Bradford in the first quarter and “maybe more” depending on his performance.
While Bradford is back, Fisher tells the St. Louis Dispatch that offensive star tackle Jake Long will not return to action until next weekend against the Cleveland Browns. Long, fresh off knee surgery, has not played since his ACL/MCL tear in late December.
Bradford thew for 1,687 yards and 14 touchdowns in just seven games last season before suffering an ACL tear Oct. 20. Bradford was well on pace to beat his career high 3,702 yards and 21 touchdowns that he recorded in 2012.
The Rams have not been to the playoffs since 2004 and have not had a winning season since 2003. The team went to the Super Bowl twice in three years where they won in 1999 against the Tennessee Titans and lost in 2001 to the New England Patriots.
The Rams may have their strongest team in years with Sam Bradford at quarterback, Jake Long and Greg Robinson on the offensive line, Zac Stacy at running back, Tavon Austin and Kenny Britt at wide reciever and Robert Quinn and James Laurinaitis on defense.
The Rams will play week one of the regular season against the Minnesota Vikings at home.