Rams injury updates and more heading into the weekend


The St. Louis Rams had the day off on Thursday, but still submitted an injury update as if the team had practiced. In cases like this the team will evaluate injured players as if they had practiced and resubmit injury reports accordingly.

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Injured starting cornerback Trumaine Johnson (concussion) was upgraded from limited to full participant, as if he had practiced in full Thursday. The upgrade is a great sign he will be available to play come Sunday against the Washington Redskins. Head coach Jeff Fisher still noted Johnson would need to pass one more test in the concussion protocol before he would be considered 100 percent.

Running backs Todd Gurley, Tre Mason and linebacker Daren Bates were also named as full participants. Running back Chase Reynolds and defensive end Eugene Sims were listed as non participants.

St. Louis will name different captains on Sunday against Washington

Remember when the Rams played the Redskins in 2014? Sure you do. A good weekend for St. Louis fans amounting in a 24-0 win. What you may not remember were the captains Fisher had trotted out for the opening coin toss. Six captains in total, all selected with draft picks acquired in the Robert Griffin III trade.

Nov 9, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; St. Louis Rams defensive tackle Michael Brockers (90) against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Rams 31-14. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Don’t expect that to happen again this Sunday. Perhaps because Fisher might be beyond the same jab twice, or perhaps because one of the six players no longer plays for the Rams. Either way St. Louis is focusing on bigger fish to fry in Week 2.

The missing player of those previous six captains, Zac Stacy, who is now with the New York Jets. The other five, Janoris Jenkins, Michael Brockers, Greg Robinson, Alec Ogletree and Stedman Bailey are still in gold and blue. Four are starters.

Who would’ve though a T-shirt would become such a big thing

Earlier in the week defensive tackle Aaron Donald made an appearance on SportsCenter. The appearance wasn’t noteworthy in any way other than the plain gray t-shirt Donald was wearing during the interview. The t-shirt was donned with blue letters that spelled out “Mob Squad.” the “o” in mob was replaced with the Rams logo.

The idea of the “Mob Squad” apparently spawned from the St. Louis weight room. Defensive tackle Michael Brockers took to the wide world of the internet and discovered a group of Rams was actually called a mob. From there it took on a life of it’s own and the team formed the moniker “Mob Squad” to represent their team and tenacity.

The idea, and t-shirts, actually began last year, but has recently picked up a lot of momentum since Donald’s interview on Tuesday. The Rams’ official twitter account has received multiple inquires on how to purchase these t-shirts, and has created a hashtag for the wildly popular saying.

Another handful of former Ram players on cusp of Hall of Fame induction

On Wednesday the Pro Football Hall of Fame announced their list of 108 modern-era nominees for induction in 2016.

Of those 108 you will find offensive tackle Orlando Pace, quarterback Kurt Warner, pass-rusher Kevin Greene and wide receivers Isaac Bruce and Torry Holt. However, with the like of Brett Favre, Terrell Owens and others the competition will be fierce. Pace and Greene may hold the best chance of advancing to the 2016 ballot.

The group will be reduced to 25 by November, 15 by January and the 2016 induction class will be selected February 6th before Super Bowl 50.