Rams QB Sam Bradford ‘unlikely’ to play vs. Saints on Friday _lowres

St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford wears a knee brace as he stretches at the start of practice during NFL football training camp at Edward Jones Dome Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014, in St. Louis. Bradford had surgery on his left knee following an injury that ended his season last year. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

ST. LOUIS — Rams coach Jeff Fisher said it’s “unlikely” quarterback Sam Bradford, coming off knee surgery, will play in the preseason opener Friday against the Saints.

Bradford has said he feels fine with no worries. He missed the final nine games last season and is wearing a brace on the left knee.

Fisher said Tuesday that for now he’s seeing enough from Bradford on the practice field. He plans to use Bradford later in the preseason.

Fisher said offensive tackle Jake Long, also coming off knee surgery, would be held out Friday. Center Scott Wells also is unlikely to play.


BENNETT SUSPENDED AFTER FIGHT: Tight end Martellus Bennett was suspended indefinitely by the Bears after an altercation in practice.

General manager Phil Emery said the team “made a decision to fine and suspend Martellus Bennett for an undetermined length of time,” though he wouldn’t specify the amount of the fine.

On Monday, Bennett was taken to the ground with a grab to the shoulder by rookie cornerback Kyle Fuller. The play occurred during a full-pad scrimmage when players are not supposed to be taken to the ground. Bennett responded by getting up, grabbing the first-round draft pick and slamming him to the ground.

Around the league

Raiders projected starting tight end David Ausberry is scheduled to have knee surgery and will miss Friday’s preseason opener against Minnesota. ... Ed Sprinkle, a star defensive end for the Bears in the 1940s and ’50s who was called the “meanest man” in football, has died. He was 90. He died July 28 in the Chicago suburb of Palos Heights.