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ST. Nick Bellore Jersey . LOUIS -- St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher expects Sam Bradford to play in next weeks preseason game against the Green Bay Packers, the quarterbacks first time facing competition since he injured his left knee last October. Fisher said Saturday that he hasnt decided yet how much Bradford, who has declared himself fully healthy after last years knee surgery, will play against the Packers on Aug. 16. Out of 18 players the Rams held out of Friday nights preseason opener against New Orleans, Fisher says 15 or 16 should play next week. With so many starters sitting out, the 26-24 loss turned sloppy at times - including during a ragged final drive that ended with Greg Zuerlein scrambling to attempt a 59-yard field goal as time expired after a rare intentional grounding penalty on a spike to stop the clock. That was St. Louis 14th penalty of the game. "When you have nine starters that dont play for whatever reason, you end up playing a lot of players earlier in the ball game. And when that happens, some of the inexperience translates into penalties," Fisher said. "We had way too many penalties." On the flip side, Fisher got extended looks at many of his rookies - including first-round picks Greg Robinson and Aaron Donald. Both got mixed review from Fisher, as did just about every rookie whose name was mentioned during Fishers news conference. Robinsons most glaring mistake came on New Orleans second drive, when Brodrick Bunkley was allowed to rush right up the middle and sack Shaun Hill. "We had a problem early with communication inside, He turned the nose guard loose and he was supposed to come down. That resulted in a sack," Fisher said. "But from a run game standpoint, he was good. Most of the time, his pass protection was solid. . I thought he played pretty well, considering he played two positions." Fisher said he saw positive flashes from Donald and seemed pleased with fellow defensive tackle Ethan Westbrooks. He also heaped praise upon Alex Bayer, an undrafted rookie from Bowling Green who caught a 42-yard pass just before the 2-minute warning to give the Rams a chance at a game-winning field goal. As for the most watched rookie in training camp, Fisher said Michael Sam played "pretty well" but also made his share of mistakes. "I would expect him to play much better this week after hes got has whatever it is behind him, like the rest of the rookie class and first year-guys," Fisher said. "The first preseason game is nerve-wracking. I think theyll settle down." Robinson, who split time between guard and tackle as three offensive line starters sat out, said he had some nerves at kickoff but thought he settled in fairly quickly. "It was a great feeling and I really just missed being in front of a crowd and playing. So it was something good to get back at," Robinson said. "I really was looking forward to it, and even though it was a preseason game, we have to still hold ourselves accountable." Across the board, that will start with getting rid of the penalties, missed tackles and mental mistakes. Some of that should come naturally as veterans get in the game, the rookies jitters fade away and everything gets a little more serious. Demonstrating the nature of opening preseason games, Fisher said his first-half challenge of a spot was only because he knew the league was experimenting with a new replay system and he wanted to do referee Carl Cheffers a favour, even if he basically gave away a timeout. He blamed one missed field goal on a lack of chemistry between a second-string long snapper and holder. "You should see everybody take a big step this week," Fisher said. Jalen Reeves-Maybin Jersey . Sundays race will be held at the Sepang circuit, adjacent to Kuala Lumpurs main airport where the ill-fated flight took off earlier this month. Authorities now say it is almost certain it crashed in the Indian Ocean, killing all 239 people aboard. Ameer Abdullah Jersey .C. -- The Carolina Hurricanes used a strong third period to extend their winning streak to three games. BROOKLYN, Mich. -- It had been 13 years since Jeff Gordons last victory at Michigan -- which came during the same season as his most recent championship on NASCARs top series. One of those droughts is finally over. Can the 43-year-old driver end the other as well? "Certainly things are going well -- theres no doubt about that," Gordon said. "Im as shocked as anybody else." Gordon raced to his third Sprint Cup victory of the year, holding off Kevin Harvick on Sunday for his first win at Michigan International Speedway since 2001. Gordon broke the track qualifying record Friday when he took the pole at 206.558 mph. He followed that up with his third Cup victory at MIS -- and took over the points lead from Hendrick Motorsports teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. After a series of cautions, Gordon came off the final restart well and led with 16 laps remaining. He fought off a challenge from Joey Logano and maintained a comfortable margin over Harvick, winning the 400-mile race by 1.412 seconds in his No. 24 Chevrolet. "Joey, as we rolled up to some of the restarts -- not that last one, but some of the other ones -- as guys were starting to sort of anticipate it, he was slowing down, and when he slowed down, everybody got bottled up, and then hed take off," Gordon said. "That last one, I thought he had a good start, but I had a good one, too." Harvick was second, followed by Logano, Paul Menard and Earnhardt. Gordon completed a sweep at MIS for Hendrick. Jimmie Johnson won the June race on the two-mile oval. "I think all of our teams are running well, but this is a big, big win," owner Rick Hendrick said. "Its great to see Jeff so happy. Hes like a little kid again, so I think its going to be really, really important for the momentum hes carrying right now into the Chase." Logano was second to Gordon in qualifying. He led 86 laps and Gordon was in front for 68. "We can win a championship. I really feel we can do that. Thats the message I want to put out there," Logano said. "Weve got to find a little bit more speed to keep up with one car today -- 24 car was the best, only because he was good on the long run. We werent as good on the long run. There were eight cautions, including a ffairly early one when Danica Patricks car spun and Justin Allgaier crashed into her. Jake Rudock Jersey. Nine cars were caught up in that incident, including Matt Kenseths No. 20 Toyota. Kenseth never really recovered, finishing 38th. Brad Keselowski rubbed against the wall with about 32 laps remaining and finished eighth, remaining winless at this track in his home state. Johnson overcame some problems of his own to finish ninth, his first top-10 showing in six races. Jeff Burton was 37th after replacing Tony Stewart in the No. 14 car. Stewart skipped his second straight Cup race after he struck and killed a driver at a dirt-track race in New York last weekend. Hendrick and Stewart-Haas Racing are alliance teams. Hendrick said he hasnt talked to Stewart, but hes been in touch with Eddie Jarvis, Stewarts longtime business manager. "I think theyre making the best of the situation that theyre in," Hendrick said. "Tonys got a lot of good folks around him." Gordon won for the 91st time on the Cup circuit, and this is his first three-win season since 2011. He took over the lead in the standings by three points over Earnhardt. Gordon also won this season at Kansas and Indianapolis. "As a driver, especially somebody thats been getting beat up over the years about restarts, its pretty nice to have the last two wins come down to restarts." Assuming they attempt to qualify for the final three races of the regular-season, the 12 drivers with victories this season have all wrapped up spots in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Kenseth remains the top driver without a victory in the standings, but he dropped to fifth place. If the regular season ended now, the last four drivers in the Chase would be Kenseth, Ryan Newman, Clint Bowyer and Greg Biffle. Bowyer and Biffle both moved ahead of rookie Kyle Larson, whose car caught fire against the wall just before the halfway point. Larson ended up 43rd. Bowyer finished sixth but sounded concerned about his situation. "Were behind, theres no question. We just did what we needed to do today," he said. "Right now, everything has to be perfect to get a decent finish and today everything was perfect. This is a tricky part of the season. Everybody is pushing hard." 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