Last Monday marked eight weeks since Sam Bradford underwent left knee surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament. And the Rams’ quarterback couldn’t be feeling better.
The knee is pain free, the rehab process is going well and accelerating. Prior to the surgery, Bradford wouldn’t offer a prediction on when he’d be able to return. But on Thursday he said there was no reason why he shouldn’t be ready to go by the start of training camp in late July.

“Barring any major setbacks, I feel very confident for camp,” Bradford told the Post-Dispatch. “From everything that Reggie’s told me, he feels like that’s an attainable goal. He feels really good with where we’re at right now, and the progress that we’ve made in these first eight weeks. I think as long as we continue on this track, I’m confident that will be a reasonable thing.”

Reggie Scott is the Rams’ head athletic trainer and is the point man so to speak on Bradford’s recovery. Five days a week, every weekday, Bradford is at Rams Park working on the knee under the tutelage of Scott.

“It’s usually a pretty long process between the rehab and my workout,” Bradford said. “I got here a little before 9 (a.m.) and finished right before I came to talk to you.”

Which was at 1:15 p.m.

“So it’s a pretty full morning,” he said.

This coming Monday marks three months to the day since Bradford suffered the torn ACL in the Rams’ Oct. 20 loss at Carolina. It was a chippy, high-spirited game that included the ejection of defensive end Chris Long and then Bradford’s injury in the fourth quarter on a borderline cheap shot by Panthers’ safety Mike Mitchell.

Mitchell aggressively shoved Bradford out of bounds on a scramble, when an aggressive shove didn’t need to be made. Bradford was heading out of bounds anyway. His left leg got caught on the turf after the Mitchell shove, and Bradford’s season was over.

Bradford has yet to watch the play on game film, and doesn’t plan to.

“No. I don’t even want to see it,” Bradford said bluntly. “No.”

After three weeks of pre-surgery rehab, in which Bradford worked to get the swelling down and to get his range of motion back, surgery was performed Nov. 18 by noted orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Fla.

“I was definitely nervous going into (surgery),” Bradford said. “But obviously Dr. Andrews, he’s the best at what he does. I had full confidence in him and everything went great.”

It was a big relief for Bradford to learn there was no other damage to the knee. Other than the torn ACL, the knee was clean. That’s in contrast to Washington QB Robert Griffin III, who suffered tears to both his ACL and his lateral collateral ligament (LCL). The LCL tear complicated Griffin’s surgery, as did the fact that he had undergone previous surgery to repair the same ACL while in college at Baylor.

Also keep in mind that RGIII’s surgery a year ago took place nearly two months later than Bradford’s in the NFL cycle — on Jan. 9, 2013. So those trying to compare the two surgeries are talking apples and oranges.

In any event, Bradford started the rehab process the day after his surgery _ bending and straightening the left leg.

“Obviously, it’s very limited those first couple days,” Bradford said. “The first phase is kind of getting the range of motion back — kind of waking up all the muscles around the knee that obviously haven’t been fired in a while.