Some important players are questionable for each team heading into Sunday’s St. Louis Rams-Washington Redskins tilt:
-After being limited Wednesday, T Rodger Saffold was a full participant Thursday and Friday but is still questionable for the game.
The Rams promoted center Tim Barnes from the practice squad to help offset the injuries sustained by the offensive line in week one. If Saffold can’t go, it seems as though the Rams will plug Barry Richardson or Wayne Hunter in at left tackle. Newly re-signed Quinn Ojinnaka may also see some time at left tackle.
The hope, though, is that Saffold will be able to go. Just a week after being carted off the field with a neck injury, Saffold starting Sunday would give a huge boost to the embattled offensive line. With C Scott Wells out with a broken foot and G Rokevious Watkins ruled out due to an ankle injury, the Rams will have a hard enough time keeping QB Sam Bradford clean. Saffold protecting Bradford’s blind side may be integral if the Rams hope to win.
-DT Michael Brockers, DT Matt Conrath and Watkins all sat out practice the entire week and will miss Sunday’s game. TE Mike McNeil was limited Friday after being a full participant earlier in the week and is questionable.
-Redskins WR Pierre Garcon is also a question mark for Sunday. Garcon missed practice Wednesday and was limited Thursday and Friday. He is officially questionable for Sunday, but even if he goes it seems he will be playing at less than full strength.
That’s good news for the Rams secondary. Garcon caught four passes last week including an 88-yard reception for a touchdown. Signed in the offseason after beginning his career with the Colts, Garcon was QB Robert Griffin III’s big-play target. Without Garcon, the Redskins receiving corps is pedestrian.
-Starting S Brandon Merriweather hasn’t practiced all week and will miss the game. Backup NT Chris Baker was full participation and is probable for the game.