St. Louis Rams: Prepare for A.J. Feeley to Start Against Dallas in Week 7

Brian TaylorCorrespondent IIIOctober 21, 2011

ST. LOUIS, MO - AUGUST 13: A.J. Feeley #4 of the St. Louis Rams throws a pass against the Indianapolis Colts during the NFL preseason game at Edward Jones Dome on August 13, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Rams defeated the Colts 33-10. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Sam Bradford, who suffered a high left ankle sprain sprain last week against the Green Bay Packers, is listed as questionable against the Dallas Cowboys.

Don't expect Bradford to suit up.

High ankle sprains are serious injuries. They are more serious for running backs and wide receivers, who have to plant off those ankles more often, but they are still painful even for quarterbacks. Typically, NFL players can be back on the field between two to four weeks after the injury, but it's much longer before they are 100 percent healthy.

Saying that Sam Bradford won't suit up is in no way questioning his toughness. Come on, the guy has taken a league-high 22 sacks already this season and has gotten back up every time. He needs to sit so that he doesn't make the injury any worse.

The St. Louis Rams organization needs to make this call for him. If it's up to Sam Bradford, he's playing. Bradford is the future at quarterback for this Rams team. There's no need to jeopardize this guy's long-term health for a single game. There will be way more important games down the line than trying to earn your first win against a tough Cowboys team.

If Bradford sits, 34-year-old A.J. Feeley will start in his place. Last week's game against the Packers was the first time Feeley had attempted a pass in a regular-season game since 2007. That's a four-season stretch where this guy has done nothing but hold a clipboard.

The good news for the Rams is that at least they would be playing a seasoned veteran who has been around the league. The bad news is that A.J. Feeley has a career 69.3 passer rating with a 27 to 29 touchdown to interception ratio.

While Sam Bradford is clearly the better option at quarterback, it's simply not wise to put him out on the field this week. He will be severely hobbled by the ankle injury, and it's not going to get any better by taking more punishment. Even if it may be the same effect as forfeiting the game, the Rams should give A.J. Feeley the nod at quarterback.