Taking his first snaps in an actual game in 10 months, St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford shook off the rust and confirmed that he has recovered from the knee injury that sidelined him for the final nine games last season.
Bradford threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Lance Kendricks in the Rams' 21-7 preseason loss to the Green Bay Packers on Saturday.
"It was nothing new, I've been here before,'' Bradford said. "I think for everyone else it's a bigger deal for me to get back out on the field.
"It was nice to get out there in a live game, feel the pass rush, get the ball out of my hand and get out there and execute the way we did. I thought it was good.''
Bradford threw a bullet over the middle to Kendricks, who made a tough over-the-shoulder catch in the end zone.
Bradford played for two offensive possessions. He completed 10 of 13 passes for 115 yards and one touchdown. His quarterback rating was 127.4.
"For anybody who had questions about Sam's physical condition, I think they were answered today,'' Rams coach Jeff Fisher said. "He could have played last week, we intentionally held him out. I was very pleased with his performance in the brief amount of time that he played.
"I think you see he has a fastball. That was a great throw to Brian (Quick) and also to Lance. Things are clearly behind him, and we can move forward.''
Bradford's first deep pass was overthrown and out of bounds as he missed a wide-open Kenny Britt on the right sideline on the Rams' first possession.
"I just missed it outside a little bit,'' Bradford said. "It was an opportunity for a big play, and I just have to keep it inbounds. That's a tough one, but to come back and respond like the offense did on the next drive and put points on the board, I think that says a lot about our group.''
Bradford connected with Quick for a 41-yard gain on the Rams' second possession.
Bradford's pass was a little high, but Quick made a leaping catch over the middle.
"Big catch,'' Bradford said. "That's what we've seen from him from OTAs, during training camp. He's made plays like that for a long time now, and it's good to finally see it showing up on the field.''
Bradford took his first hit since the injury the next time he dropped back to pass as the Packers' Julius Peppers got around rookie left tackle Greg Robinson.
Peppers hit Bradford as he was letting go of the ball, causing an incomplete pass.
"I knew I was going to take a hit or two today,'' Bradford said. "It's just part of the game. It's always nice to get that first one under your belt knowing that everything is going to be OK.''
The Rams (0-2) were playing without five starters -- left tackle Jake Long, middle linebacker James Laurinaitis, right guard Rodger Saffold, cornerback Janoris Jenkins and defensive tackle Michael Brockers -- who all are nursing injuries.
All five players could be back in the starting lineup for their preseason game next Saturday at the Cleveland Browns.
The Packers (1-1) had 386 yards of offense in the game.
Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who like Bradford also was making his preseason debut, looked in midseason form as he was 6-for-6 passing for 47 yards on his team's opening drive.
Rodgers rolled right and double-pumped before firing a 3-yard touchdown pass to Randall Cobb to cap the 12-play, 86-yard drive.
The Packers moved deep into St. Louis territory on their second possession, but they had to settle for a 31-yard field goal by Mason Crosby after an illegal use of the hands penalty negated a 10-yard touchdown pass from Rodgers to Jordy Nelson.
Rodgers completed 11 of 13 passes for 128 yards and one touchdown in his two offensive series of work. His quarterback rating was 133.3.
"I thought Aaron was excellent,'' Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. "I mean just his decision making, obviously ball accuracy, completion percentage. He did a heck of a job.''
Green Bay had a second touchdown called back by penalty when Scott Tolzien's 4-yard touchdown pass to Myles White in the third quarter was wiped out by an illegal use of the hands penalty.
The Packers still padded their lead on a 34-yard touchdown pass from Matt Flynn to Jeff Janis with 1:09 left in the third quarter.
Flynn threw a two-point conversion pass to Davante Adams.
Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein was wide right on a 55-yard field goal in the fourth quarter.
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