After serving his one-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy Rams running back Isaiah Pead returned to practice on Wednesday.

And with starter Daryl Richardson sitting out Pead got plenty of work.

“Under that specific suspension (Pead was) allowed in the building just not on the practice field’’ Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said following Wednesday’s workout. “He worked out very hard last week so he’s good to go.’’

Pead 23 was a second-round draft pick (50th overall) in 2012. As a rookie he ran for 212 yards on 10 kickoff returns had 54 rushing yards and caught three passes for 16 yards. During the preseason the University of Cincinnati product ran 26 times for 86 yards caught three passes for 26 yards and had 102 yards on five kickoff returns.

“Obviously not being in with my teammates and not being able to play football was tough’’ he said. “But I’m well past this whole situation. It’s behind me and I feel like I’ve been able to pick up pretty much where I left off.

“A few jitters early today but overall I felt pretty good out there.’’

Even though he could not be with the team physically Pead did his best to stay connected.

“I went to the meetings I knew what the game plan was. I just wanted to make sure I didn’t fall too far behind’’ he said. “When everybody else went to practice I worked out and ran sprints. It helped but the only way you can really train for playing football is by playing football. It feels great to be practicing again.’’