Injuries. That is not exactly the subject football fans want to talk about in the opening days of training camp, but maladies are a normal part of the business and the St. Louis Rams have a few players not practicing at the moment because of various ailments. Head coach Jeff Fisher updated the media on the status of Danario Alexander, Daryl Richardson and Scott Wells after practice on Sunday.
"Daryl is probably three or four days away," Fisher said of the seventh-round pick. "Alexander is maybe about a week away. Then of course Scott Wells is still rehabbing the knee."
Notice the distinct lack of a timetable on Wells, which should be the most concerning part of Fisher's statement. Wells had arthroscopic knee surgery, a relatively minor procedure but surgery nonetheless. Wells was one of the team's big ticket free agent additions, brought here to beef up the offensive line and help Sam Bradford learn the nuances of pass protection.
Alexander's status hurts his chances to make the final roster. Flush with talent, Alexander has had five knee surgeries between the NFL and his playing days at Mizzou. Signed as an undrafted free agent in 2010, DX has yet to play a full 16-game season with the Rams, topping out at 10 games last year.
Richardson is competing for the third running back spot on the roster, behind Steven Jackson and Isaiah Pead. He could also be in the mix for kick return work, given his speed and shiftiness.