Rams quarterback Marc Bulger threw for the first time on Sunday morning since he suffered a fractured pinkie finger back on August 17 th while taking a snap. His availability for this Thursday’s game against the Chiefs is still a question mark.
Head coach Steve Spagnuolo did not watch the throwing session. Bulger threw just 21 passes, but it was his first step in his return. From everything that I’m reading, it doesn’t look like Bulger will play in the Governor’s Cup against the Chiefs, but reports say he’s on schedule to start the season on September 13 th at Seattle.
I’m not sure have Bulger go in week one would be a good move. He’s had limited time to work with this West Coast style offense and hasn’t had any practice time to work on his timing with receivers. Meanwhile Kyle Boller looked better in his second game starting. Through the two games, Boller is 23 of 36 for 187 yards and while he hasn’t thrown a touchdown, he hasn’t turned the ball over either.
Here are Spagnuolo’s thoughts on Bulger.
(On if QB Marc Bulger will throw again tomorrow and if he will have an increased work load) "I think the plan is to see what it feels like tomorrow morning after having had the 21 throws and we’ll go from there."
(On if Bulger is building up for Thursday’s game vs. Kansas City or the regular-season opener against Seattle) "I guess it all depends on where he is. You’d like to build towards Thursday, but if he’s not ready, we’re not going to do that."
(On if Bulger took any snaps at practice) "No, no, no. We stayed away from that."
(On how Bulger’s status impacts some of the roster decisions he has to make in regards to Thursday’s game) "I don’t know if that particular spot will change anything. I mean, obviously (QB) Kyle (Boller) would go with that first group. We’ll see how far we’re going to go with the so-called ‘ones’. I don’t know that it would change too much."
(On if he will leave the ones in a little bit longer if Bulger plays on Thursday) "You mean if he plays under the circumstances now and he went? Yeah, that might change a little bit, but I think we will stick with whatever we decide as a play number for the rest of the crew. I think we will stick to that."