By Jason Peake
Missourian Sports Writer
By the way he was moving and cutting, most people would have no idea that Sam Bradford is coming back from a knee injury.
The knee brace gave it away.
But that was the only evidence.
Bradford, the St. Louis Rams quarterback, is going full speed at the team’s summer training camp at Rams Park, not holding a thing back in his quest to return to his old form.
And from outward appearances, it looks like Bradford is back.
“I feel great,” Bradford said after a recent practice. “My knee feels really good. Out of the gate I’m going to try and do everything. You push it and see how it responds. It’s responded really well to this point. There hasn’t been a point where we’ve had to pull back.”
Bradford impressed his coaches and teammates during a recent conditioning test and he’s showing no signs of slowing down. He has no restrictions in practice. He was running and moving on his feet well.
That leaves many to believe that Bradford’s surgically repaired knee should not be an issue during the 2014 season.
Speaking to a group of reporters after a recent practice, Rams Head Coach Jeff Fisher said Bradford has looked good thus far.
“He’s doing good, throwing the ball well,” Fisher said. “He’s ready to go. The ball’s coming off and spinning off his hands right now with some great throws.”
Bradford, the No. 1 pick of the 2010 NFL Draft out of Oklahoma, has been working on things like getting the timing back with his receivers.
He admitted he’s been shaking off the rust a bit.
“Just getting back into the rhythm that I was getting into at the end of last year before I got hurt,” Bradford said. “There’s no doubt that there is still a little rust that needs to come off. I just haven’t been out there.”
So what does Bradford feel needs to improve before the season-opener?
“Just tightening up all the small details with our guys,” he said. “Making sure we use this time to get on the same page as far as conversions, routes, everything. Just pushing the unit to get better as a whole every day.”