|In May 2010, Brandstater was listed ahead of Tebow on Denver's depth chart. (US PRESSWIRE)|
By Ryan Wilson
If there was ever a time to dust off those Tom Brandstater jerseys it's now. There's a good chance the former Fresno State quarterback and Broncos 2009 sixth-round pick could be the Rams' starter Sunday when they face the Seahawks in a (let's be honest: meaningless) NFC West matchup that just so happens to be on the Week 14 Monday Night Football schedule.
St. Louis' franchise quarterback, Sam Bradford (ankle), and backup A.J. Feeley (thumb) didn't practice for the second day in a row Thursday, which meant that Brandstater again took all the first-team reps.
"We're trying to keep the banging off them a little bit to make sure we get a healthy team come Monday night," head coach Steve Spagnuolo said. "You don't want to wear them out before we get to Monday night."
The Rams have also claimed quarterback Kellen Clemens off waivers (the Texans released him earlier this week to make room for Jeff Garcia), but he wasn't available for Thursday's practice. The addition of Clemens doesn't mean that Bradford's headed to injured reserve, though.
The St. Louis Rams will square off against the Seattle Seahawks on Monday night at CenturyLink Field. Who has the advantage in this game? NFL.com's Pat Kirwan and Jason Horowitz break down this upcoming game.
“That hasn’t entered my mind,” Bradford said Thursday, according to CBSSports.com Rapid Reporter Ron Clements. “I hope it doesn’t come to that. That’d be pretty disappointing." Spagnuolo said Monday that Bradford's ankle probably wouldn't fully heal untl the offseason, but added Thursday that "We'll be hopeful on Sam, but we won't know until we get to the end of the week."
The Rams coach also joked that he might have take some snaps under center.
“I was thinking about lining up there myself," he said. "I was a wishbone quarterback in high school. We could pull those notebooks out.”
Hey, it worked for Tebow.
The Seahawks are preparing as if Bradford will play, but for now it appears that Brandstater is the favorite come Monday night. “That’s what this business is all about," he said Thursday. "You’ve got to be ready for anything.”
Ain't that the truth. Here's what Brandstater's 2011 season has been like:
* Sept. 13: signed to Rams' practice squad
* Oct. 22: promoted to active roster
* Nov. 9: released
* Dec. 2: re-signed to Rams' practice squad
* Dec. 4: promoted to active roster
So how did Brandstater keep sharp during the three weeks in November he was out of work? Clements writes that he stayed in the St. Louis area and worked out at a local gym, and over Thanksgiving he threw to his brother-in-law which, it turns out, was a little awkward.
“It was a little bit uncomfortable because he wasn’t quite athletic,” he said. (There are no truth to the rumors that Brandstater's brother-in-law is a receiver for the Jaguars.)
Other Brandstater fun facts (this one courtesy of PFT.com): In May 2010, weeks after the Broncos drafted Tim Tebow in the first round, Brandstater was listed ahead of him on the team's depth chart along with Kyle Orton and Brady Quinn. Just think: if things had worked out differently, we might all be Brandstering right now.
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