The biggest news from around the NFL was the potential for an end to the replacement referee experiment, but the news around the Rams practice facility was the return of DT Michael Brockers to the practice field.
“He was limited but he practiced today, and that’s a good sign,” Rams coach Jeff Fisher said. “We’ll have to see how he is later in the week.”
Brockers, the first-round draft pick, hasn’t practiced or played since suffering a high-ankle sprain in the Rams’ last preseason game on Aug. 30. He was slated to start for the Rams this season before the injury.
For his part, Brockers was optimistic about his chances of being on the field Sunday when the Rams take on the Seattle Seahawks at the Edward Jones Dome.
“I think it’s a pretty good chance I’ll play Sunday,” Brockers said. “I did pretty well today. Limited, but I felt good on the ankle. The ankle held up in some individual drills, so I felt pretty good.”
Brockers shied away from saying he’s 100 percent but said he thinks he’ll be good enough to be effective in the earlygoing. He will have to wear a “bulky” ankle brace for the foreseeable future until he returns to full strength.
“It might be a little painful sometimes, but adrenaline, playing in the game, that’d get over it,” Brockers said. “I think I’ll be able to play very well.”
Fisher said Brockers would be a welcome addition to the defensive front.
“If he’s back and able to play he will have an impact on the front, from a pass rush standpoint and as a run defender,” Fisher said. “He’s clearly behind, he’s missed some valuable time, but he’s very talented. That’s why he’s here.”
-Many players were asked about the news that the NFL and the regular referees were close to an agreement. QB Sam Bradford said he’s hopeful a deal is in the works.
“You guys have seen it – we need them back,” Bradford said. “I hope it happens soon. I just don’t think it’s fair to the fans, I don’t think it’s fair to us as players to go out there and have to deal with that week in and week out. I really hope that they’re as close as they say they are.”
-RB Steven Jackson did not practice. Jackson played Sunday after being held out of practice all last week, but he was largely ineffective, carrying the ball only 11 times for 29 yards. Jackson’s status for Sunday is still unknown.
-Sunday’s giveaway is a James Laurinaitis bobblehead. Laurinaitis said that while they got the tattoos correct on his figurine, it wasn’t exactly anatomically correct in all areas.
“The ears aren’t realistic,” Laurinaitis said. “The ears aren’t big enough on the bobblehead. I have big ears.”