May 11, 2012; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Rams defensive tackle Michael Brockers (left) talks with defensive tackle Matthew Conrath (71) during mini camp at ContinuityX Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-US PRESSWIRE

St. Louis Rams Injury Update: Steven Jackson, Wayne Hunter, Brit Miller Sidelined


Today brought some less than optimistic news from Rams camp, particularly to special teams. For a group that really stepped up in coverage against the Washington Redskins, the special team unit has taken a couple of sizable blows on the injury front. Matt Daniels, who Jeff Fisher singled out as one of the casualties of the poor officiating on Sunday, is still not practicing with a hamstring injury. More importantly, Brit Miller, who was primarily responsible to sealing the linebacker on the huge run by Daryl Richardson last week, is out with a quad injury. Miller not only contributes on the offensive side of the ball, but is a big player in special teams, being voted in as their captain.

Michael Brockers and Rodger Saffold were still not practicing, as expected. However, the most surprising holdouts at practice may be Steven Jackson and Wayne Hunter. Hunter filled in beautifully for Rodger Saffold against Washington, allowing only one hit and one pressure on Sam Bradford. During the game, it appeared as if Ty Nsekhe would be taking his spot on the line after Hunter suffered as apparent injury. However,  Hunter returned after only a couple of plays. Steven Jackson also did not practice, which would be more of a concern had Daryl Richardson not performed so well against the Redskins.

Against the Bears, the Rams will need the one-two punch of Jackson and Richardson, and will likely need the help of Brit Miller blocking out of the backfield. Day-to-day is a pretty general term that is thrown around when referring to an injury. Soft tissue injuries can be extremely tricky, but it is likely that we will see Jackson back on the field against the Bears. Luck for the Rams, the are confident in their back-up, as in years past, St. Louis would likely have forced Jackson back onto the field prematurely.

In positive news, the Rams have signed another offensive linemen to the practice squad. After the elevation of Tim Barnes to the active roster and the release of Harvey yesterday, there were a couple of spots open on on the squad. Chase Beeler will now join Quintin Pointer as the newest additions to the practice squad.

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