- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 14, 2011

ST. LOUIS — St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford made all the throws during a short practice, making a fast recovery from a bruised index finger.

A special glove designed to increase blood flow to the injury may have helped get him back on the field quickly.

“Everyone says I look like Michael Jackson,” Bradford joked Wednesday. “I’m not really sure what it does. They say it works, and obviously my hand feels better, so I trust them.”

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.”

Now he’s hopeful his right hand will be 100 percent by Monday night when the Rams play at the New York Giants. For anyone watching or on the receiving end, it’s already close enough.

“I couldn’t tell a bit,” wide receiver Mike Sims-Walker said. “He looked great to me.”

As a rookie, Bradford was among three quarterbacks who took every snap. Backup A.J. Feeley played for the first time since 2007 in the fourth quarter after Bradford was hurt.

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.

CHIEFS: Kansas City has put Pro Bowl safety Eric Berry on injured reserve and signed veteran Reshard Langford to provide depth in the defensive backfield. Berry tore the ACL in his left knee during the first quarter of Sunday’s season-opening loss to Buffalo. Langford went to training camp with the Chiefs after playing in six games the past two seasons, mostly on special teams.

TEXANS: Houston running back Arian Foster has returned to practice after missing the season opener because of a hamstring injury. Coach Gary Kubiak says Foster took the normal repetitions for a starter Wednesday. Kubiak says everything was “positive” and the key will be how Foster feels after practice Thursday.

DOLPHINS: Veteran cornerback Will Allen has re-signed with Miami after they were riddled for 517 yards passing by Tom Brady in the season opener. Allen, who missed all of last season with a knee injury, rejoined Miami on Wednesday after being cut last week. He replaces nickel back Benny Sapp, whose contract was terminated Tuesday.

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