ST. LOUIS (AP) — A tornado warning siren alerted the St. Louis Rams to bad weather, sending them indoors to finish practice Friday at Rams Park.
The Rams (7-8) ended their preparations for Sunday night’s winner-take-all game in Seattle against the Seahawks (6-9) with the NFC West Division championship going to the winner.
A powerful storm with heavy rain and wind swept through the St. Louis area in the late morning and early afternoon.
“We were hoping to get it in before anything came. But that was the education I got, as soon as you hear the horns, don’t take any chances,” Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo said. “My nature would have been, ‘oh well we can wait a little while. I don’t see anything out there.’ But they say they can come up quick.
“Then I figured, once they heard the horns, that’s all they’d be thinking about were horns, so we immediately came in here.”
Rookie left tackle Rodger Saffold acknowledged the weather was something else.
“It was weird, hearing the sirens going off and lightning all over the place,” Saffold said. “It was like a monsoon out there. All the weather we’ve gotten this week, is kind of what it’s going to be like in Seattle.”
However, Spagnuolo said the Rams were not affected by the change in plans.
“We got outside for a little bit; it was good to be on the grass, it was soft and all that because we’ve been in here a lot,” Spagnuolo said of practicing indoors. “We got a little fresh air. Then we came in here. We had a good practice. Everybody practiced. That’s the first time I’ve been able to say that in a while.”
Spagnuolo liked that his players seemed loose during the workout, despite the fact the Rams have not won in Seattle since 2004. That was the last year the Rams made the playoffs and beat the Seahawks in a wild-card game.
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