After teasing the roster since his “return” to practice on Nov. 8, Scott Wells has finally been reactived to the active roster for the St. Louis Rams. Under the new rules in the CBA, this was Wells’ last week to be activated, or he would have to stay on IR until the conclusion of the season.
Scott Wells’ return likely spells the end of the road for a number of players on the Rams roster or, at a minimum, a shake up in the starting unit. Assuming Fisher presses Wells back into the center spot next week, something that the head coach has been reluctant to confirm, Shelley Smith will get moved back to the bench, in favor of Rob Turner at the left guard spot. Turner started off the year as the starter in that position, but was forced to take over center when Wells fractured his left foot against the Detroit Lions in Week 1.
Wells’ return likely will be the end of Joe Barksdale or Tim Barnes, who was bumped up to the active roster from the practice squad after the first wave of injuries to the offensive line early in the season. With the activation of Wells, the Rams will have 10 offensive linemen on the 53-man squad, not counted Rok Watkins who is currently on the IR. Barksdale is likely the odd man out after Chris Williams was picked up off of waivers from the Chicago Bears, and after the return of Rodger Saffold and Wayne Hunter from injury.