Several Players Return To Practice, Others Sit Out As Rams Move Closer To Sunday Showdown With Titans
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By Cedric Williams
Thursday’s practice for the St. Louis Rams proved to be an interesting one at Rams Park in Earth City, as several players who sat out on Wednesday’s workout returned, while a new group that did practice on Wednesday sat out completely on Thursday.
It’s not unusual in the physically demanding NFL for players to need an extra day off here or there to recuperate and let their bodies be more ready for the next week’s game. But it was surprising to see three players, defensive end Robert Quinn (illness), cornerback Brandon McGee (illness), and quarterback Brady Quinn (hip), that all practiced on Wednesday, need the day off on Thursday.
“They’re great. They were great today, so we’ll be back on schedule tomorrow.” Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said, when asked about the condition of all his players in general. “We’re not ready to play today, but we will be on Sunday.”
Fans are hoping that to be true in regards to Robert Quinn, St. Louis’ team leader in sacks and perhaps the club’s best player this season. Fisher seemed confident that the day off on Thursday would be enough for Robert Quinn to be ready to go on Sunday.
“Yeah, he did not practice today — the hip, so he’ll be alright,” Fisher said.
Four offensive starters that sat out on Wednesday were all back and were able to participate in practice fully on Thursday. That list of returnees included quarterback Kellen Clemens (right shoulder), left tackle Jake Long (knee), running back Zac Stacy (foot), center Scott Wells (thigh).
Backup running backs Daryl Richardson (foot) and Benny Cunningham (ankle) were also able to practice on Thursday.
Cunningham, whose also served as St. Louis’ primary kickoff return man this year, didn’t play last week, but has practiced a full capacity so far this week, giving the club hope he might be able to go Sunday against the Titans.
Right guard Harvey Dahl (knee) and safety Darian Stewart (foot) both continue to be hampered by their respective injuries and neither seems likely to play on Sunday.
For Tennessee, the most significant injury of note is with starting safety Michael Griffin (quadricep), who didn’t practice on Wednesday or Thursday, leaving his availability for Sunday still up in the air. Former University of Missouri linebacker Zaviar Gooden (hamstring), whose mostly played on special teams this season for the Titans, is listed on the Tennessee injury report, but has been able to practice this week.
St. Louis Rams
Player ……………… Pos … Injury
- Jake Long …………. T ….. Knee
- Harvey Dahl ……… G ….. Knee
- Zac Stacy ………… RB …. Foot
- Daryl Richardson . RB …. Foot
- Scott Wells ……….. C ….. Thigh
- Austin Pettis …….. WR …. Thigh
- Kellen Clemens … QB …. Right Shoulder
- Darian Stewart …… S ….. Foot
- Benny Cunningham . RB …. Ankle
- Brady Quinn ……… QB …. Hip
- Brandon McGee … CB …. Illness
- Robert Quinn …….. DE …. Illness
Player …………… Pos … Injury
- Moise Fokou …… LB …. Knee
- Michael Griffin …. S ….. Quadricep
- David Stewart …. T ….. Shoulder
- Rob Turner …….. C ….. Shoulder
- Jurrell Casey ….. DT …. Ankle
- Patrick Bailey …. LB …. Hamstring
- Zaviar Gooden .. LB …. Hamstring
- Derrick Morgan . DE …. Shoulder
- Ripati Pitoitua … DE …. Calf
- Justin Hunter …. WR …. Finger
- Kamerion Wimbley . DE …. Not Injury Related
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org. His work can be found on Examiner.com.