Brad Choat

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A rematch of Super Bowl 34 it won’t be.

But, tonight’s exhibition game between the St. Louis Rams and Tennessee Titans at the Edward Jones Dome will let both franchises see how far they’ve come in trying to get back to those glory days.

Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo says starting running back Steven Jackson and middle linebacker James Laurinaitis are expected to make their 2011 preseason debuts. Jackson has been dealing with some hip soreness, and Laurinaitis was sidelined by a chest muscle pull.

Cornerback Ron Bartell is also slated for his first playing time of the preseason.  

Spagnuolo says he expects his starters to play well into the second quarter against Tennessee, if not the whole first half.

As for Tennessee, leading rusher Chris Johnson remains a holdout seeking a contract with higher pay. So, 4th round draft pick Jamie Harper may get the start at running back against the Rams.

Titans coach Mike Munchak says he hopes to get his starters 25 to 30 plays in this week’s exhibition game.

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