St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford says speculation he might need offseason ankle surgery is off-base.
“That would be news to me,” Bradford said Thursday after practice. “To be honest, I’m tired of talking about the ankle. Until it causes me to miss reps or miss time, it’s a non-issue.”
Bradford missed a total of six games with a high left-ankle sprain last season, aggravating the injury a few times after being hurt in mid-October and sitting out the final three games.
Earlier this month, Bradford said the ankle would need to be managed, then added that it had been a “little bit frustrating that it’s somewhat there still” and that rest and rehab hadn’t been quite enough.
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Rams coach Jeff Fisher said he thought Bradford has been moving well, has had no issues and didn’t “anticipate” offseason surgery would be needed.
“He’s doing fine. You can see he’s out there doing fine,” Fisher said. “I think it won’t go away because everybody keeps asking him.
“Quit asking him, and it’ll heal up.”
Fisher said surgery could sideline a player four to six months, but rehabbing the injury could be a longer process.
“A high-ankle mechanism is serious stuff,” Fisher said. “There was a lot of separation in there last year. He tried to play through, on it and he couldn’t. He’s doing fine.”
WEEDEN SOLID IN WIN
Rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden showed improvement in his second preseason game, avoiding major mistakes as the Cleveland Browns defeated the Packers, 35-10, in an exhibition game in Green Bay, Wis.
Weeden, a 28-year-old rookie out of Oklahoma State who already has been chosen the Browns’ starter, played the first half and was 12 of 20 for 118 yards.
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw a 20-yard touchdown to Jordy Nelson on the first series for the Packers after a fumble by the Browns’ Montario Hardesty on the game’s first play from scrimmage.
DALTON, RYAN SHINE
Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton and Atlanta’s Matt Ryan each directed a pair of scoring drives before Cincinnati’s reserves held on for a 24-19 exhibition win.
Ryan completed his first 11 attempts and finished 18 of 21 for 174 yards and one touchdown. Dalton was 8 of 14 for 125 yards and one TD.
The Texans signed left tackle Duane Brown to a contract extension that is worth $53.4 million over six seasons. Brown was named second-team All-Pro last season. … The NFL provided a federal judge with what it says is evidence commissioner Roger Goodell did not improperly pre-judge the four players suspended in the bounty investigation. … Chargers defensive tackle Garrett Brown has been suspended without pay for the team’s first four regular-season games for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. … Bills quarterback Vince Young has been ordered to pay a loan company nearly $1.7 million after missing a payment in late May. … Jaguars running back Richard Murphy said when his truck was stolen from outside his apartment over the weekend, he also lost four championship rings from his college days at LSU, including his 2007 national title ring, his 2007 Southeastern Conference championship ring and his 2006 Sugar Bowl ring.