Scott Wells #63 of the Green Bay Packers lines up against the St. Louis Rams at Lambeau Field on October 16, 2011. When will he be lining up WITH the Rams?
St. Louis Rams center Scott Wells could be held out of the earliest part of training camp. Wells had arthroscopic knee surgery in the spring, which caused him to miss most of the OTAs and minicamp. Coach Fisher said that it should not keep him out of action for long. It is, nevertheless, a concern.
Knee scopes are about as minor as it gets when it comes to knee surgery. Still, surgery is surgery and that has to be at least a slight concern. Wells was brought in to replace Jason Brown, who played so poorly during his time in St. Louis that he got benched amid an injury crisis on the team's offensive line last year.
Improving the blocking the blocking in the middle of the line was not the only reason the Rams gave Wells, 31, a four-year, $24 million contract with $13 million guaranteed. Wells is here to impart the lessons of hiking the ball to Aaron Rodgers on Sam Bradford. Most specifically, that comes in the form of helping the young signal caller with pre-snap reads, something Bradford struggled with last season.
The Rams do have a pair of young pivots with some talent, T-Bob Hebert and Tim Barnes, both undrafted rookies from this season and the year before, respectively. Talented, but they cannot provide what the veteran Wells does in terms of bringing along Bradford.
Keep an eye on the news with regards to Wells. He should be fine for the start of the season, if not the start of the preseason even, but losing him for any stretch of time would be a blow to a unit already under the microscope.