Uh oh, don't look now but the St. Louis Rams have some injury issues...at a position where they're already struggling.
Wide receiver Laurent Robinson was dogged around here and other parts of the interweb for his inability to break free of coverage last week. Turns out, he's got an injured foot and was limited in practice today. Also limited were Steven Jackson, Rodger Saffold and OJ Atogwe. It sounds as though Jackson and Saffold will be fine for Sunday, but this report from the PD makes it sound as though the team is more concerned about Atogwe and Robinson. The official site, however, did not include Atogwe's name among the players who'll be under extra scrutiny this week.
It's a good sign that Robinson was merely limited in practice, but if his foot is hurting to the point that he'll play like he did last week, it might be best to leave him inactive for the game. Of course, that would leave the Rams shorthanded at receiver, an area that's not exactly a team strength.
Tight ends, DTs and the youngsters below the fold...
TE Daniel Fells did not practice today, though there is some hope that he can play this week. All of this means that Mardy Gilyard and Fendi Onobun will have opportunities this week. Ditto Brandon Gibson. We've been clamoring all week for the Rams to give those guys a shot. Now they'll get it. Just how "not ready" are Gilyard and Onobun? I guess we'll find out this week. Why Gibson hasn't been playing I do not understand.
When the coaches said Keith Null wasn't ready last year, we found out what they meant when they were forced to play him. Quarterback is a much different position though. Surely, Onobun and Gilyard can be worked into a few plays as targets for Sam Bradford. If those guys do get a couple balls thrown their way, I'll be interested to see what they can do with the opportunity since both have skills that lend themselves well to picking up yards. The Rams sure need it.
At DT, the Rams are optimistic about Clifton Ryan's chances for playing this week. Darrell Scott is out for a few weeks. Could Jermelle Cudjo get a chance to play?
The Vincent Jackson trade saga is over, for now. The Chargers held the line (stupidly) in their demands and no team ended up with him. I defended their asking price earlier, and still do as a starting point. If Jackson leaves as an unrestricted free agent next year, they'll get a third round pick in compensation (most likely). They could have had at least a second round pick had AJ Smith budged in his demands. Jackson is none too happy about the failure to be traded.