Contrary to popular belief, the NFL season did not end after the controversial Monday Night game in Seattle. The St. Louis Rams get first crack at the Seattle Seahawks following their emotional win over the Green Bay Packers. The Rams will likely have a bustle of new fans, mainly in the state of Wisconsin, cheering them on as they try to regroup from a well-fought game against the Chicago Bears last Sunday.
As usual on Wednesday around mid-afternoon, the first reports from Rams Camp are starting to roll out. The biggest highlight was likely the absence of Steven Jackson from the practice field, although it should not be a surprise since Coach Fisher stated that Jackson would be getting a lot of rest in between games. As for what to expect, Jackson did not participate in practice for most of last week, but saw amble playing time once Sunday rolled around.
On a brighter note, Michael Brockers looks to be continuing his progress back from injury. Late last week it was reported the Brockers had shed the walking boot and was lightly participating on the sidelines. Brockers saw limited action again today, not ready to take the full brunt of practice, yet. However, he was optimistic that he would be ready to go against Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.
The Rams need a more dominant presence in the middle of the field. For one, it will take some of the double teams off of Robert Quinn and Chris Long. Secondly, the Rams have allowed 35 points on the ground already this season, most of which have come right up the gut, barreling over the interior of the defensive line. Kendall Langford has played well, but the play of Cudjo and Heard isn’t going to cut it if the Rams are hoping to compete in the NFC West this year.
Via St. Louis Rams Insider, Tony Softli, Coach Fisher had this to say about Brockers following Wednesdays practice,
“He was limited but practiced, will see how he is later in the week and report his status will be for game time. If he is back and able to play he will have an impact on our front from a pass rush standpoint and as a Run defender.”
Other player updates from practice:
- RB Steven Jackson (groin), Out
- S Matt Daniels (hamstring), Out
- OT Rodger Saffold (knee), Out
- DE Eugene Sims (sent home with flu), Out not due to injury
- LT Wayne Hunter (ankle), Limited
- DT Matt Conrath (knee), Limited