The real negative of playing on Thursday Night Football is having to play on a short week, which means less preparation for the team and, more importantly, less time for players to heal after the previous week’s games. The one positive of playing on Thursday Night Football is that after, you get an extra 2 to 3 days of preparation and rest.
Aside from the injury to Danny Amendola, which we know will keep him out of the lineup for roughly 4-8 weeks, the St. Louis Rams are moving towards near-fully healthy status. The most notable players that returned to the field this Thursday were Brit Miller (ankle), Eugene Sims (concussion), and Matt Conrath (knee).
LB Mario Haggan (thigh), DE William Hayes (back) do not practice for Rams.
— Jim Thomas (@jthom1) October 11, 2012
According to Jim Thomas, Mario Haggan (thigh) and William Hayes (back) did not practice Thursday. While Haggan’s role in the defense is minimal, Hayes has played a significant number of snaps this season, especially in run support subbing for Robert Quinn against the bigger left tackles. We will have to see how those two progress throughout the the rest of the week. The two names not on the list are Steven Jackson and Michael Brockers, which is a welcome sight since both had been battling to return to health, practically from the beginning of the regular season.
For Miami, the news was quite so good at Thursday’s practice. The Dolphins starting cornerback Richard Marshall (back) and running back Daniel Thomas (concussion), who has received more and more carries since the injury to Reggie Bush, did not practice. Speaking of Reggie Bush, the star running back was not listed on their injury report Wednesday, but was limited on Thursday with continuing knee problems. The Dolphins will need Bush if they plan on jump starting Ryan Tannehill and the rest of the offense against a nasty St. Louis Rams defensive line and secondary. His progression throughout the week could be the difference between a win and a loss for the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.