Today is Christmas Eve for Rams Nation, with tomorrow morning bringing the wonderful gift of regular season football back into our lives. Typically, at this point, we would be rambling through a laundry list of injuries, debating which players would need to step up to fill the void, and detailing those backups’ performances in previous games. Not this week…
CB Quinton Pointer (thigh), S Darian Stewart (thigh), LB Jonathan Stewart (hip), and TE Corey Harkey (knee) all ruled out for Arizona game.
— Jim Thomas (@jthom1) September 6, 2013
According to St. Louis Dispatch-Post columnist, Jim Thomas, the Rams injury report is nearly barren, listing only a handful of “non-essential” players. In fact, Jonathan Stewart would likely be a scratch for the game-day, active roster regardless of this injury status. The only notable injury might be to Quinton Pointer, one of the few remaining special teams aces on the roster. That means, even with Rodney McLeod getting the “promotion” at safety, he will still likely be a figure head in on both kicking units throughout the game. However, if McLeod can maintain that starting spot, it is unlikely Jeff Fisher will risk his young stud on special teams, especially after the injury to Matt Daniels last year.
The injuries to the Arizona Cardinals are far more substantial. Starting TE Jeff King and OG Jonathan Cooper are both currently on the IR, tagging along with LB Daryl Washington, who is riding the bench due to suspension. Arizona’s other tight end, Rob Housler has also been ruled out for the game, ailing from a lingering ankle injury. However, the biggest hit to the roster might be Calais Campbell, who is listed as “questionable,” with a quad injury. The bookends of Campbell and Darnell Dockett are the linchpins in the Cardinals’ defense, highlighted by the team’s lack of production in the pass rush when either, or both, were injured last year. If Campbell does not play, look for the St. Louis Rams to have a field day in the passing game.