If there are small victories to be taken from the 2012 season, one is that it looks as though the Rams will finish the season nearly as healthy as they began it.
Aside from the few Rams players placed on injured reserve, the Rams as a team are overwhelmingly healthy and ready to go heading into Sunday’s game against the Seahawks in Seattle.
It’s a pleasant change from 2011, when quarterback Sam Bradford missed almost half the season with an ankle injury and the cornerback position suffered numerous injuries that forced the likes of Josh Gordy and Roderick Hood into starting roles.
The Rams will still be without some starters from the season opener – guard Harvey Dahl, for example, was lost for the season with a biceps injury after the Minnesota game two weeks ago – but the majority of the team’s starters should be in place when the Rams take the field.
Veterans Cortland Finnegan, Steven Jackson, James Laurinaitis and Scott Wells all sat out Wednesday’s practice but practiced in full the rest of the week and are probable for the game. Also probable after dealing with minor injuries are wide receiver Austin Pettis and safety Craig Dahl.
The Seahawks, who will be playing for the NFC West division crown and home-field advantage in the Wild Card round of the playoffs, had a slew of players miss practice through the week but also look relatively healthy for the game. Only backup cornerback Walter Thurmond has been ruled out for Sunday.
Of the notable players to appear on the injury report, safety Earl Thomas, running back Marshawn Lynch, defensive end Red Bryant and wide receiver Golden Tate are all listed as probable with various ailments.
Of some interest are the two players listed as questionable. Right offensive tackle Breno Giacomini and outside linebacker LeRoy Hill, both starters, are questionable. Neither would be a huge loss for the Seahawks, but both play roles for the 10-5 squad.