Ok, we've used every cliche in the book to describe the physical battle the St. Louis Rams fought in their win over the Cardinals yesterday. The downside to winning a game like that is the price a team pays with injuries, and the Rams suffered a few that could impact their race for the playoffs.
After using four players this season to to and answer their need at weakside linebacker, the Rams now have to find an answer on the strong side. Na'il Diggs suffered a shoulder injury late in yesterday's game, and head coach Steve Spagnuolo said he could be out of action for a time. The most logical answer is to bring back David Vobora, who started at WLB yesterday, to the strong side, where he started with solid results last season. Vobora is a good run defender, but did nothing to answer the question at WLB yesterday so moving him back to the strong side makes the most sense for the Rams at this point.
LB Chris Chamberlain, a special teams ace and the Rams' nickel linebacker, injured his hand, but played through it yesterday.
Easily the most worrisome injury for the Rams is Ron Bartell's shoulder. He tried to get back in the action against Arizona, but left again after just one snap. Kevin Dockery, Justin King and Quincy Butler really stepped up with Bartell out of action, but Drew Brees and the Saints aren't exactly the Cardinals.