Still sidelined: Rams' Bradford misses practice with ankle sprain

ST. LOUIS -- Sam Bradford is still in a walking boot and it appears that at least another week will pass before the St. Louis Rams quarterback gets back on the field.

Bradford was not at practice Wednesday while rehabbing from a high left ankle sprain, leaving his availability in doubt for the second straight game. Backup A.J. Feeley got his first start since 2007 in a 34-7 loss at Dallas and expects to get the call again this week against the New Orleans Saints.

"Until I'm told not to, I'm going to assume that role," Feeley said. "I think it's going to be tough to keep Sam off the field but if that's not the case I'll go again. ... Until then, the ship keeps on rolling."

Bradford's leg was placed in a cast on Saturday, a day after on-field testing aggravated the injury, and the cast was taken off Wednesday morning. The 0-6 Rams will try to avoid risking another setback for Bradford, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, and aren't sure when they'll try another round of tests. 

Trainer Reggie Scott noted that Bradford wasn't able to get up on his toes while simulating dropbacks and other movements during last week's tests.

Bradford said the ankle feels better than it did last week before the testing, and he's begun light strength exercises. 

"When they feel I'm ready to test it out again, we'll test it out," Bradford said.

Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press

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