ST. LOUIS – Quarterback Sam Bradford was back on the practice field Saturday for the St. Louis Rams in preparation for their game against the Seattle Seahawks on Monday in Seattle.
Bradford, hampered by a high left-ankle sprain, did not practice at all this week and missed last week’s game at San Francisco. He sustained the injury Oct. 16 at Green Bay and missed two games.
Coach Steve Spagnuolo said he’s not ready to name Bradford the starter.
“The test here, you know, when I talk with (trainer) Reggie (Scott) is see how it feels tomorrow,” Spagnuolo said. “Now, we are treading lightly and going safe. I will tell you this, if you could have seen the look on his eye when I told him he wasn’t going to play last week, you know, that’s hard to do.
“You know him. We’ll see and be smart about it.”
Bradford took less than half of the practice snaps, splitting time with Kellen Clemens, who was signed Thursday after he was cut the previous day by Houston.
Clemens, a former University of Oregon quarterback, split duties Friday with No. 3 quarterback Tom Brandstater, who did not take any reps with the first team Saturday. Brandstater, who is in his second year out of Fresno State, has not played in an NFL game.
No. 2 quarterback A. J. Feeley is out with a fractured right thumb, which he hurt against San Francisco.
In case Bradford can’t go, Spagnuolo said he is confident in using Clemens.
Clemens caught Spagnuolo’s eye with his practice performance.
“I’ll tell you what, I am thoroughly impressed with the command in the huddle and spitting out the verbiage and just some little things I saw in there,” Spagnuolo said.
Knowing the system helps, Clemens said. When he was with the Jets and working with the scout team for five seasons, he had to imitate the New England Patriots system twice each season.
Rams offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, who then was the coordinator the Patriots, worked him out before the 2006 draft.
In his NFL career, Clemens has thrown for 1,686 yards and five touchdowns with 11 interceptions.
“It’s been a whirlwind so far,” Clemens said. “It’s just a matter of I was speaking Spanish last week and now I’m speaking German trying to get this offense down. It’s a matter of making sure I can call the play in the huddle the correct way.”