Feeley optimistic, but Rams playing it by ear

A.J. Feeley‘s elbow and thumb injuries don’t appear serious, which should be considered very good news for the Rams.

Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo said on Sunday that Feeley will have his right thumb injury looked at closely, but his elbow injury suffered against the Browns checked out fine. Officially, Spagnuolo said the Rams will “play it by ear.”

Feeley was sharp — something rookie Sam Bradford wasn’t — in Saturday night’s preseason win over the Browns. Feeley completed five of six passes for 45 yards, including a 9-yard touchdown to Daniel Fells, during his only series before being pulled due to the injuries.

Feeley will have an MRI exam, and it’s unclear if he will practice on Monday, reports Brian Stull. The Rams have a quick turnaround heading into Thursday night’s game against the Patriots, but Feeley sounded optimistic he’ll be ready, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

“There’s a little soreness, but I’m good,” Feeley said. “Get a little treatment and should be ready to go by next week. Definitely.”

Spagnuolo confirmed if Feeley isn’t ready, Bradford will get the start. The Rams did little against the Browns with Bradford under center, but if it’s decided Feeley isn’t ready to play — or simply won’t play — the third preseason game could give the first overall pick some of what he’s considered to need most: time and experience.

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