Fans greeted this morning's news that St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford is expected to start against the Dallas Cowboys this week with a collective sigh of relief. A day after finally acquiring a solid wide receiver, the though of playing a game without Bradford was almost too much to think about for weary fans. If Bradford does indeed play, the most significant injury to keep your eye on is that of left tackle Rodger Saffold.
Saffold suffered a bruised fibula on the Rams' last offensive play of a 24-3 loss to Green Bay last week. In the aftermath of the injury, there was real worry that it could be serious enough to keep Saffold off the field. An MRI revealed that it was not as serious as believed, and the Rams' second-year tackle is being listed as day-to-day.
Fortunately, Saffold seems likely to play this week. He told 101 ESPN that he would definitely play this week, aside from any setbacks. It's good to hear, but player self-diagnosis can be tricky. Keep an eye on the situation at practice this week.
Saffold struggled with penalties in Green Bay, but his pass protection was greatly improved after getting handled by the Redskins in week 4. If Saffold cannot start, look for Adam Goldberg to take his place and Jason Smith to stay on the right side.