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Spagnuolo: Rams will ease recovering Bradford back into mix

ST. LOUIS -- One day after the Rams picked up their first victory of the season, more good news might be on the way: Sam Bradford began to exercise Monday.

The quarterback no longer is wearing a protective boot on his left ankle, which sustained a high sprain two weeks ago during a loss at Green Bay. Bradford didn't play last week against the Dallas Cowboys, and he missed the Rams' stunning 31-21 upset of the New Orleans Saints on Sunday that improved St. Louis' record to 1-6.

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"He did some strengthening exercises this morning," Spagnuolo said. "He's moving around a little bit. I don't know that we'll get him on Wednesday (for practice), but we'll slowly work him in there. He's about the same right now.

"He'll be day to day, and we'll see where we are after Wednesday."

"He's getting there," Spagnuolo added. "This thing, these high ankle sprains, you never know."

Notes: Starting CB Justin King (groin) was inactive Sunday after being listed as questionable. He will practice Wednesday. ... WR Mark Clayton still is bothered by an Achilles tendon injury, but he's out of the protective boot he was wearing. ... OT Jason Smith and DT Darell Scott will be out Wednesday. Both haven't been cleared since sustaining concussions. ... Young players stepped up for the Rams in their victory over the Saints. Darian Stewart returned an interception for the clinching touchdown late in the fourth quarter, the team's first defensive score in more than two seasons. Rookie Robert Quinn, the team's first-round draft pick, blocked a punt to set up one score and had a sack.

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