EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 19: Brandon Jacobs #27 of the New York Giants runs the ball against Ben Leber #59 of the St. Louis Rams at MetLife Stadium on September 19, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
The St. Louis Rams and Arizona Cardinals have announced their inactives for today's game. Mostly, the lists are filled with the walking wounded. Everyone on the Rams' inactive list, except for Ben Leber, was out or limited in practice this week.
Again, no surprises, not even Leber who was supposed to address the Rams' needs at outside linebacker, bringing experience and a capable skill set when signed to a one-year free agent deal. Only the one-year part of the Leber decision looks good in hindsight. Not exactly another feather in Billy Devaney's cap for free agent moves.
The most concerning absence is DT Justin Bannan. The Rams run defense has improved greatly since being embarrassed by the Dallas Cowboys. The big bodied Bannan creates a traffic problem in the middle for opposing runners. Gary Gibson will start in his place.
At corner, Rod Hood will be the third man, nickel corner, and Josh Gordy and Justin King will start. Gordy has been a pleasant surprise for the Rams this season, and the coaching staff deserves a little credit for using King according to his abilities and limitations.