The hits just keep on coming. Rams OT Rodger Saffold missed practice on Friday after suffering a pectoral injury while lifting weights Friday morning. Saffold had an MRI, and the results were that he has a “significant” injury that could require season-ending surgery. The team isn’t calling it a torn pec just yet, but it’s looking like that could be the case. Obviously this is terrible news with Jason Smith already out, and I think there is serious concern that this could be an injury that affects Saffold for the rest of his career. Like always, we’ll just have to see if/when he has surgery and how that goes, but he won’t play on Sunday. Mark LeVoir will start in his place.
The rest of the injury news is about the same as yesterday. Justin King didn’t practice Friday but the team hopes he’ll be ready to play Sunday. Lance Kendricks, Brandon Gibson, Jerious Norwood, Bryan Kehl and Josh Hull all practiced Friday and all are expected to play. It looks like Kendricks is pretty close to full strength.
Danario Alexander was out again today, and he probably won’t be playing Sunday. I get the feeling everyone is a little frustrated with DX not progressing – nobody more than DX himself – but the team isn’t going to rush him out there until he is ready. They are hoping he will be able to practice this week, but it’s just going to depend on how the injury responds early in the week.