Kirby Lee-US PRESSWIRE
Injuries could force the Rams to make some changes to the offensive line this week.
The St. Louis Rams could have yet another version of their offensive line on the field against the Green Bay Packers this week. Left tackle Wayne Hunter missed his third day of practice on Friday, putting his status in doubt for the week. That could leave Joe Barksdale protecting Sam Bradford's blind side this week. Hunter is officially listed as questionable.
Barksdale and the others will get something of a break. Green Bay will be without five defensive starters of their own, including defensive tackle B.J. Raji. You can expect Lance Kendricks and Matt Mulligan to see plenty of snaps as extra blockers to help out along the offensive line.
Another recently acquired player seeing more practice time is offensive guard Shelley Smith. The Post-Dispatch suggested that he could be pushing Quinn Ojinnaka for playing time at the left guard spot.
The Rams have two more game until the team's bye week. This one at home against the Packers and next week in London. When they return in Week 10, Rodger Saffold and Scott Wells are likely to be back in action. That could shift the line around one more time, pushing Robert Turner back to left guard.
It's a huge concern for the Rams heading into a game where the team's defense does make them competitive against the Packers. The offense still has to score points.