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Rams’ Sam Bradford back on practice field despite bruised finger
A special glove designed to increase blood flow to the injury may have helped get him back on the field quickly.
Bradford said although there was some soreness, the finger felt “10 times better” than it did on Monday, the day after the Rams‘ opening 31-13 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. The original plan didn’t call for him to do any throwing before Thursday, and Bradford hadn’t been that optimistic.
“I wouldn’t have come out of the game if it wasn’t serious,” Bradford said. “I couldn’t feel it, I couldn’t move it. I really was concerned.”
“I couldn’t tell a bit,” wide receiver Mike Sims-Walker said. “He looked great to me.”
Former players file suit against NFL union
MINNEAPOLIS — Twenty-eight former NFL players have filed a class-action federal lawsuit against the NFL Players Association, seeking at least $5 million in damages. They’re alleging current players interfered with negotiations on the new collective bargaining agreement and kept money from the retirees.
Attorney Shawn Stuckey said Wednesday the group includes 25 Pro Football Hall of Famers and a player from every decade since the 1940s. Former Minnesota defensive end Carl Eller, an outspoken proponent of better retiree benefits, leads the list.
The suit filed in Minneapolis also names NFLPA President DeMaurice Smith, New England quarterback Tom Brady and former linebacker Mike Vrabel. NFLPA spokesman Carl Francis said the union had no comment.
Around the league
• BEARS: Chicago linebacker Brian Urlacher has left the team after the death of his mother. The team said Urlacher’s mother, Lavoyda Lenard, died unexpectedly at her home in Texas. In a statement released by the Bears, Urlacher said his first priority right now is to be with his family during a difficult and emotional time. It wasn’t clear whether Urlacher will be back for practice or in time for Sunday’s game at New Orleans.
• BENGALS: Rookie quarterback Andy Dalton was limited in practice Wednesday because of his bruised right forearm, but the Bengals say he could start Sunday in Denver. Coach Marvin Lewis will see how Dalton’s arm holds up in practice this week before deciding whether to start Dalton or Bruce Gradkowski.
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