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Wounded Rams Starters Richardson, Long And Finnegan At Practice On Thursday

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By Cedric Williams

ST. LOUIS, MO - SEPTEMBER 8: Arizona Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu strips the ball from St. Louis Rams tight end Jared Cook in a game against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome on September 8, 2013 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Michael Thomas/Getty Images)

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The St. Louis Rams had 10 players who were unable to practice on Wednesday, but had nearly every one of them back on the field for a late afternoon workout at Rams Park on Thursday.

In total, seven of the 10 players who missed Wednesday’s workout were back and participated fully in Thursday’s practice, as the Rams prepare for their NFL Week 3 showdown with the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium in Arlington this Sunday.

Headlining the group of returning injured players were starters RB Daryl Richardson (foot), DE Chris Long (hip), and CB Cortland Finnegan (nose).

The other returnees were key reserves DE William Hayes (hip), DE Eugene Sims (foot), OG Chris Williams (foot), and S Darian Stewart (thigh). Stewart has been battling his injury since the preseason, and is the only veteran among the safeties on the roster, so the Rams were especially excited to have him back at practice on Thursday.

The three injured players who did not practice on Thursday, were OT Rodger Saffold (knee), TE Mike McNeill (chest), and CB Quinton Pointer (thigh).

Pointer is actually no longer on the team. He was cut by the Rams Thursday morning to make room for free agent OT Max Starks, who signed with the club on Tuesday, as an insurance policy to help replace the starting right tackle Saffold.

Head coach Jeff Fisher didn’t give many details about Saffold’s injury, which occurred in the second quarter of St. Louis’ 31-24 loss to the Atlanta Falcons last Sunday.

Fisher only said he didn’t know how long Saffold would be out.

Starks, a longtime Pittsburgh Steeler, who was among the last players cut by the Kansas City Chiefs during training camp this summer, took part in his first practice as a Ram on Thursday.

And due to his familiarity with St. Louis’ offensive schemes and his reputation as an intelligent, quick-study player with nearly a decade of NFL experience, Starks might be able to help the Rams on the field as soon as this Sunday, when he’ll be the club’s No. 1 backup tackle behind Jake Long and Joe Barksdale.

The Cowboys released an injury report on Thursday, with five players who were limited or hadn’t practiced at all this week, including starters WR Dez Bryant (back), CB Morris Claiborne (shoulder), DE Anthony Spencer (knee), and DE DeMarcus Ware (neck).

Linebacker Ernie Sims (groin) hasn’t played at all this season due to an injury that occurred early during the preseason.

Starting quarterback Tony Romo is also listed on Dallas’ injury report, as the veteran continues to battle sore ribs. He was able to practice on Wednesday and Thursday, and is expected to start on Sunday.

Injury Report:

  • Cortland Finnegan (Nose)
  • William Hayes (Hip)
  • Chris Long (Hip)
  • Mike McNeill (Chest)
  • Daryl Richardson (Foot)
  • Rodger Saffold (Knee)
  • Eugene Sims (Foot)
  • Darian Stewart (Thigh)
  • Chris Williams (Foot)

 

For more Rams news and updates, visit Rams Central.

Cedric Williams, a lifelong St. Louisan and proud UMSL alum, has been a freelance reporter/photographer covering St. Louis area sports for nearly two decades. Most recently, he has been working as a credentialed beat writer covering the Rams and small-school college sports for Examiner.com and other outlets from around the area. Please share any comments, questions, or feedback with Cedric at cedricwilliams510@gmail.com. His work can be found on Examiner.com.

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