Sep 8, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant (88) lays on the field injured as New York Giants cornerback Aaron Ross (31) defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) and linebacker Jacquian Williams (57) look on in the fourth quarter at AT

St. Louis Rams Injury Report Update: Chris Long And DL Return, Dez Bryant Rehabs


Through Week 2 of the regular season, the St. Louis Rams still appear to be one of the few teams that can count their wounded on a single hand. On Thursday, Rodger Saffold and Mike McNeill were the only players who did not participate fully in practice, with a laundry list of notable starters returning after take a “vet day” on Wednesday.




Daryl Richardson will be the man to watch as the week continues, missing time last week with the same foot issue, and seeing reduced snaps late in the game against the Atlanta Falcons.

As you may have noticed, Jim Thomas mentions three players that did not return to practice on Thursday after missing the previous day. The other player is Quinton Pointer, who was released by the Rams in order to make room for Max Starks, St. Louis’ newest offensive tackle, picked up earlier in the week after the prognosis was released on Rodger Saffold’s knee. Starks did practice with the team, but is expected to backup Joe Barksdale, who will get the start at right tackle on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys.

Speaking of Dallas, the injury situation in Jerry World is a bit more dire, with a handful of notable players still “limited” during workouts. There were no pads in Cowboys Camp yesterday, but Dez Bryant spent most the practice with the training staff “rehabbing” his back.

DE Anthony Spencer (knee) and CB Morris Clairborne (shoulder) both practiced for the Cowboys yesterday, and are expected to be full-go for Sunday, barring some injury setback. Last week, Claiborne was limited primarily to the nickelback role. However, according to SportsDay Dallas-Fort Worth, he has been working back in with the Cowboys base defense. He may want to reconsider pushing through an injury against the speed of the St. Louis Rams wide receiving corps, especially if that nickel assignment includes a day full of one-on-ones with Tavon Austin. Tony Romo is reportedly still feeling some discomfortable from the rib injury he sustained in the season opener. Taking a “pain-killing shot” might be a good idea for the Dallas’ signal caller, especially with Robert Quinn gunning for him from the blindside.

Expect all “limited” players on both teams to play on Sunday when the St. Louis Rams take on the Dallas Cowboys in AT&T Stadium.

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