It's one day closer, and the uncertainty remains over who will be the quarterback when the Rams play the Seahawks Monday night.
Both Sam Bradford and A.J. Feeley did not practice Thursday, and for the second straight day, Tom Brandstater took all the snaps with the first-team offense. Kellen Clemens, who could end up being the backup if both Bradford and Feeley don't play, didn't make it to St. Louis in time for practice.
Waived Tuesday by the Texans, Clemens was on a plane to the West Coast when the Rams claimed him Wednesday. He did a quick turnaround and was on a plane Thursday to St. Louis.
Coach Steve Spagnuolo even joked with the Seattle media on a conference call Thursday when he was asked about Bradford's availability.
"I was thinking of lining up there myself," Spagnuolo said. "I was a wishbone quarterback in high school so I could pull those notebooks out."
It's certainly possible that Bradford could potentially play after not practicing much or at all. The Rams still have practices Friday and Saturday.
Said Spagnuolo, "We wouldn't be opposed to it as long as we felt he was healthy enough. I think he's far enough along in the system, that he could function and be fine. But the first thing obviously, and this is obvious, that we're just trying to get the foot as healthy as possible. But he did almost that in that Arizona game. I think he practiced a little bit that Friday and then he did kind of with a mock game, which was a walk-through. And I thought
he fared pretty well, so it's possible."
Bradford said while not ideal he could play without practicing. "Obviously, I would like to be at practice," he said. "Especially, you put in new plays every week and it would be nice to be in there and rep those and get the timing. But for the most part, I feel comfortable enough with everything that we have that I should be able to play if I don't practice."
He did make it clear he wants to play. Said Bradford, "I hope so. I really haven't done a whole lot, but try to rehab and try to get it back to functional where I can play. I'm really not sure when I'm going to get back on the field and try it out, but I think that's coming later this week. Hopefully, everything is good and hopefully it's healed enough, so that I can go on Monday."
Bradford did say Brandstater is ready to play if he has to. "I think he has a good handle on the offense," Bradford said. "I thought he had a really good practice today. He threw a lot of good balls. I think he's handling it fine."
Brandstater was with Rams offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels in Denver, but he has never taken a snap in an NFL regular-season game.
Asked about his comfort level with the offense, he said, "I don't know how to gauge myself other than playing. But I do feel comfortable with what I've done so far. And Josh has been great so far, teaching me from the ground up and also being slow this week and really making sure I understand everything. It's been great so far. Today, I felt good at practice and hope to build from one day to the next."
"I'm confident in my abilities. I'm confident in my knowledge of this offense. And like I said, I'm confident in how I've been coached. Obviously, the best way to prove it is on the field, so if I get that chance I'll be ready to go."
McDaniels glad to have Alexander's 'different element'
Although WR Danario Alexander was only targeted twice on Sunday against the 49ers, offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels is glad to have him back on the field after Alexander missed five games because of a hamstring injury.
Said McDaniels, "Danario adds a little bit of a different element. He's got, obviously, a lot of size and length and has made some down-the-field plays for us that have really helped us in games. I think the most important thing is we put him out there when he's capable of playing at the level that we know Danario can play at."
Alexander said it was frustrating during his recovery period because he'd never had a hamstring issue before.
He said, "I didn't really know how to handle it as far as knowing when it was ready and getting a feel for my body. It was a learning experience, but hopefully it's the last one."
Last week, he had to also get conditioning in from not running all out for more than a month.
"Just getting my lungs back. It's been a little while," he said. "It was to get my confidence up because I've had a couple setbacks with this, trying to rush it back. I think we've got it fixed up, and I'm ready to play."
27th regular-season meeting. Seahawks lead series, 16-10, including a 24-7 win in St. Louis on Nov. 20. Seattle has won 12 of the last 13 games in the series and six straight at home. In those six games in Seattle, the Rams have been outscored 169-63, have lost three games by 28, 24 and 27 points and have totaled just 25 points in the last four games in Seattle.