Ramblin’ Fan’s “Humpday” Morning Links: Players Bash London, 2014 NFL Mock Drafts, And Replacing Aldon Smith

September 22, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Aldon Smith (99) walks off the field after the second quarter against the Indianapolis Colts at Candlestick Park. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

 

Typically, our “humpday” article collection would be filled with analysis from the previous week’s game, as well as early previews of the Sunday matchup. However, with the Rams set to kickoff in less than 48 hours, the news cycle for St. Louis will be a little different this week. Here is the best stuff from the last couple of days…

 

Most ‘injured’ Rams return to practice

On Monday, there appeared to be a plague of foot injuries sweeping through Rams Park, with several notable offensive and defensive players missing practice. Luckily, all of those player were back on the field yesterday, with the exception of Joe Barksdale. However, even Barksdale absence shouldn’t be alarming, as it was non-injury related.

 

2014 NFL Mock Draft 2.0

It is never too early for an NFL Mock Draft, which was made evident yesterday by the release of Sports Illustrated’s revised mock. This week, the Washington Redskins finish in the Top 10, and the Rams in the Top 15, giving St. Louis a shot at two highly-touted  linemen prospects in the first round.

 

Jeff Fisher, St. Louis Rams condemn ex-player’s tweet

One the greatest freedoms in the United States of America is the right to free speech, the ability to express your thoughts and opinions, without the fear of unlawful persecution. Sometimes, we wish people would just not talk… That was certainly the case with ex-St. Louis Rams’ offensive tackle Ty Nsekhe, who took a not-so-subtle shot at our military servicemen and women. Jeff Fisher and the Rams’ organization understandably distanced themselves from Nsekhe, including some strong words from the head coach.

 

Chris Long: No interest in London

Despite the St. Louis Rams memorable trip to London last season, Chris Long is apparently not enthralled by the idea of moving a team to the city permanently. In fact, words like “ludicrous” and phrases like “would be like punishment” were tossed around in response to the overall concept. Chris Long isn’t alone in his remarks, with a handful of other players chiming into the conversation…

 

Who Will Replace Aldon Smith’s Production During Indefinite Absence?

For Rams Nation, the most intriguing storyline for Thursday Night Football might be the San Francisco 49ers inactives list. With Aldon Smith in rehab, Patrick Willis and Vernon Davis still ailing from injury, and Michael Crabtree still recovering from his Achilles’ procedure, the 49ers could be without four Pro Bowl-caliber players on their active roster. Offensively, the 49ers made offseason moves to bolster the tight end and wide receiver positions. However, who will they find to replace the production in their newly depleted linebacker corps?

Topics: St. Louis Rams

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