After being hit hard by the injury bug in the earlygoing, the St. Louis Rams are finally getting healthy heading into this weekend’s game against the New York Jets.
The Rams had only four players appear on the injury report this week, and none of the players on the 53-man roster have been definitely ruled out for Sunday’s game. WR Austin Pettis (toe), S Darian Stewart (knee), DE Eugene Sims (knee) and LB Mario Haggan (thigh) are all questionable for the game. Pettis, Stewart and Sims were all limited in practice Friday, while Haggan sat out Friday’s practice after being limited Thursday.
It’s a welcome change for the Rams after missing key players like wR Danny Amendola, T Rodger Saffold and DT Michael Brockers, among others, for stretches during the first half of the season. All three were players the Rams were counting on to produce if they were to have a successful season this year. In that sense, a 3-5-1 record while having some starters at important positions miss multiple games is just short of a success for first-year head coach Jeff Fisher.
On the other side, the Jets have been missing two of their best players for the majority of the season. CB Darrelle Revis tore his ACL earlier in the year, and WR Santonio Holmes suffered a lisfranc injury. Both players have been lost for the year.
The Jets haven’t had a receiver step up in Holmes’s absence, while cornerbacks Antonio Cromartie and Kyle Wilson have done a decent job filling the void left by Revis. Still, the Jets are one injury at cornerback away from a disaster.
Thankfully for the Jets, the players on the active roster are mostly healthy as well. The Jets have 19 players appear on the injury report, but none have been ruled out for Sunday. Many of the players were full participants all week in practice.
Some Jets starters will be playing at less than 100 percent, though. LB Bart Scott, DT Sione Pouha, G Brandon Moore, C Nick Mangold, G Matt Slauson, LB Calvin Pace, S LaRon Landry, DE Mike DeVito and even QB Mark Sanchez are battling minor injuries to some degree. Notable backups RB Joe McKnight, RB Bilal Powell, DT Kenrick Ellis, S Eric Smith and QB Tim Tebow are also dealing with injuries.
Powell, McKnight, Scott, Pouha and WR Jeremy Kerley have all been classified as questionable for the game. The rest of the 19 are probable.