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By Cedric Williams

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 22:  Aldon Smith #99 and Ray McDonald #91 congratulates each other after they sacked Andrew Luck quarterback of the Indianapolis Colts during the first quarter at Candlestick Park on September 22, 2013 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

(Credit, Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

On most Mondays following a Sunday game in the NFL, the players and coaches report to their respective team training facilities to watch film, get treatment, and discuss what worked and what didn’t in the game the previous day.

But with a special Thursday Night Football game at the Edward Jones Dome against the rival San Francisco 49ers, the Rams are on a different schedule this week.

The players and coaches did watch film and spent some time talking about Sunday’s 31-7 loss to the Dallas Cowboys, but they also got out on the field and practiced some of what they plan to do when they take on the 49ers on Thursday.

“Today, in a normal game week, is actually (our) Thursday afternoon if that puts things into perspective for you,” head coach Jeff Fisher said during his usual Monday press conference. “So we’ve got a lot to do.”

The first thing was making sure the team was healthy enough to even conduct its late afternoon practice at Rams Park.

Three players, right tackle Rodger Saffold, defensive end William Hayes, and wide receiver Chris Givens sat out Monday’s practice with knee injuries while six others were simply limited in what they could do, due to a variety of ailments.

Middle linebacker James Laurinitis (foot), running back Daryl Richardson (foot), and left tackle Jake Long (foot) were the headliners of that list, which also included tight end Mike McNeill (chest), guard Chris Williams (foot), and rookie strong safety T.J. McDonald (knee).

“Were going to do enough outside to get things done,” Fisher said. “(Then), we’ll follow the same schedule pretty much that we followed for the Thursday night game last year.”

That means the Rams will practice again in the late afternoon/early evening on Tuesday, then hold a closed practice on Wednesday before kicking off their first big game of the season against San Francisco on Thursday.

The 49ers will come to town in the same boat as the Rams, with a disappointing 1-2 record and coming off a disheartening 27-7 loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

San Francisco will also be dealing with its own short work-week issues, which for them will include missing a day’s practice so they can travel to St. Louis for the game.

“The 49ers, in a lot of ways, probably see themselves in the same situation that we’re in – let one slip away,” Fisher said. “(They) got beat at home, now have to deal with some injuries, and then come here on a short week. So, they have as equal as great a challenge as we do. It should be a short week and a good ball game.”

CB Quinton Pointer Back On Practice Squad

One quick roster note, the Rams re-signed cornerback Quinton Pointer over the weekend and added him to their practice squad.

Pointer, a second-year player out of UNLV, was waived last week when St. Louis signed veteran tackle Max Starks.

This week, Pointer will be allowed to practice with the team, but can not play in the game.

To make room for Pointer, the Rams released fullback Eric Stevens.

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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