The St. Louis Rams will take the field against the Seattle Seahawks in roughly 24 hours, and the injury picture is no more clear than at the beginning of the week. There are no surprises on the most resent injury report released by the Rams. As expected, Rodger Saffold, Matt Conrath, and Matt Daniels will all be out on Sunday, although we should except to see Saffold back against the Cardinals in Week 5.
Jackson has been “questionable” since sustaining the injury in the 1st quarter of the Washington Redskins game. He will, again, be a game time decision for Fisher, although fans should except to see him on the the field. The most important name on the list continues to be Michael Brockers, who is attempting to work his way back from the ankle injury after getting rolled over in the preseason. Although Cudjo and Heard have been adequate on the interior of the line, a true run stuffing presence in the middle has been greatly missed. The Seattle offense is completely dependent on the running back play of Marshawn Lynch, so slowing him down will be essential to the Rams defensive game plan. Thus far, the run defense has been sub-par stopping the likes of Kevin Smith, Alfred Morris, and Michael Bush. Those backs shouldn’t even be mentioned in the same category as Lynch, so Brockers’ play in the middle may be the biggest difference in the game.
On the Seattle side of the ball, the majority of injuries appear to be on the offensive line. Two starters are not surefire picks to play on Sunday. Most notably John Moffitt, who missed his third consecutive practice this week because of a sore knee. Seattle’s first-round pick last year, James Carpenter, is expected to play for the first time since suffering a knee injury last year in place of Moffitt. On the outside of the line, starting tackle Breno Giamcomini practiced Friday after missing the past two days because of a chest injury, but may or may not get to play this week.