- Associated Press - Monday, August 23, 2010

ST. LOUIS (AP) - No. 1 draft pick Sam Bradford will get his first start with the St. Louis Rams this week.

A.J. Feeley, who had been starting at quarterback, will not practice this week because of thumb and elbow injuries. Coach Steve Spagnuolo said after Monday’s workout that Bradford would be with the first team on Thursday night at New England.

Feeley strained his right thumb when he hit the helmet of a blitzing defender in the first quarter Saturday at Cleveland. He was with other injured players on a side field during Monday’s practice, with a protective covering on his right hand and a compression sleeve covering the elbow.

The Rams have only two practices to prepare for Thursday night’s game at New England.

Feeley is hoping to return to workouts next week.

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