Rams Practice Report: Zuerlein Wins Another Award; Rams Prepare For Bills Rushing Attack
Some notes from the St. Louis Rams Wednesday practice as they prepare for the Buffalo Bills:
-Wide receiver Danny Amendola and center Scott Wells both missed practice as they recover from lower-body injuries.
It marks the fourth straight day of practice Amendola has missed after injuring his foot against the New York Jets on Nov. 25. Amendola missed last week’s game against the San Francisco 49ers.
Wells missed the first two practices of last week with a knee injury, but he was a limited participant by the end of the week and started against the 49ers.
Running back Steven Jackson, linebacker Mario Haggan and tight end Mike McNeill were also held out of Wednesday’s practice.
-The hits keep coming for the Rams rushing defense.
After limiting Frank Gore to 58 yards on 23 carries last week, the Rams are preparing to face the backfield duo of Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller this week in Buffalo. The 49ers own the league’s second-best rushing attack; the Bills are fourth in the same category, averaging almost 148 yards per game.
“They’re two different headaches,” linebacker James Laurinaitis said of the pair. “Jackson is obviously a very powerful, slasher-type runner. And C.J. Spiller is an every-down home-run threat.”
And it only gets harder before it gets easier. After the trip to Buffalo, the Minnesota Vikings and Adrian Peterson, the league’s leading rusher, come to town for the team’s final home game.
-Kicker Greg Zuerlein was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week on Tuesday, his second such award this season. Zuerlein was just 2-for-3 on the day Sunday, but no one can say he didn’t earn the award. Zuerlein nailed two high-pressure, long-distance kicks, the first a 53-yard field goal to send the teams to overtime and the second a game-winning 54-yarder with 26 seconds to play.
Zuerlein’s first player of the week honor came after his week four performance against the Seattle Seahawks. He said it doesn’t feel much different this time around.
“It’s all the same,” Zuerlein said. “It’s good to get the award but better to get the win.”
It marks the third Special Teams Player of the Week award for the Rams. Punter Johnny Hekker also won the award earlier this year. Asked if the roommates were running out of room for trophies in their apartment, Zuerlein said he hoped the duo wasn’t done this season.
“We’d like more awards,” Zuerlein said. “If we’re getting awards, it means we’re doing our job on special teams. Not just us, but the guys around us – Jake (McQuaide), all the cover guys. They make our jobs a little easier. The more awards we can get, the better.”