By Danny Cox
The St. Louis Rams were not expected to really hold their own with the New Orleans Saints last week, and they lived up to those expectations. They didn’t hold their own, but they surpassed all expectations and looked more like a team heading into NFC playoffs than the Saints did.
Now, they’ve got another NFC South foe in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and they can’t underestimate a team that started off the 2013 NFL season in a huge hole.
Luckily, their injury report for this week is very short, but they’ve got some big-time names on it. Making things a bit better is that even though a number of these players sat out practice this week, their injuries aren’t too serious.
Wide receiver Tavon Austin did not practice at all this past week due to an ankle injury, but the possibility is there for him to play sparingly. Starters Chris Givens and Austin Pettis are healthy, and it looks as if Austin’s work in the game will be limited.
He is the primary return man for the Rams though, and that may be where the bulk of his work comes from this Sunday.
Running back Daryl Richardson is also listed as questionable with a thigh issue. The Rams may end up having him sit out this week and either building up Zac Stacy’s carries or giving some out to Isaiah Pead or Benny Cunningham.
Also on the offensive side of things, reserve tackle Mike Pearson had an illness that kept him out of practice a bit this week, but he was a full-go on Friday. He’ll be ready to play as needed against the Bucs.
Defensively, linebacker Will Weatherspoon also missed time at practice this week with an illness. He was on the field in full on Friday though, and will be ready to play on Sunday afternoon.
Cornerback Janoris Jenkins was limited for the first two days of practice and didn’t practice at all on Friday. His back issues have kept him really limited on the practice field, but team doctors say he will be ready to go on Sunday so he’s listed as probable to face off with Tampa Bay.
Even though most of the players on the Rams injury report missed a lot of practice this past week, they are all just about ready to play on Sunday. St. Louis doesn’t have a shot at the playoffs this year, but they do have a chance to finish out the season on a high note.
- WR Tavon Austin – Ankle
- RB Daryl Richardson – Thigh
- CB Janoris Jenkins – Back
- T Mike Pearson – Illness
- LB Will Weatherspoon – Illness
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Danny Cox knows a little something about the NFL, whether it means letting you know what penalty will come from the flag just thrown on the field or quickly spouting off who the Chicago Bears drafted in the first round of the 1987 draft (Jim Harbaugh). He plans on bringing you the best news, previews, recaps, and anything else that may come along with the exciting world of the National Football League. Danny is a freelance writer covering all things NFL. His work can be found on Examiner.com.