Will Injuries Force The Rams To Look For Free Agent Help?

Sep 9, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; St. Louis Rams offensive line lines up against the Detroit Lions defensive line during the third quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-US PRESSWIRE

NFL teams will likely make a few more roster moves this week, thanks to a provision in the CBA that allows them to sign vested veterans without guaranteeing their salaries. There are a couple places on the roster where the St. Louis Rams might benefit from the addition of some experienced help.

With the status of both Rodger Saffold and Scott Wells up in the air, it stands to reason that the Rams could be in the market for an offensive lineman, especially of either one of those two are going to be out for any extended period of time.

Rotoworld has a list of the best available free agents. Former Packers tackle Chad Clifton tops the list. He's 36 and failed a physical, so that might not be an option. Former Giants OT Kareem McKenzie is another option, and his health might outweigh his mediocre track record with the G-Men. It's pretty slim pickin's.

One name that might get some consideration is former Titans guard Jake Scott. If Wells misses any lengthy period of time, adding Scott would allow them to keep Rokevious Watkins in the understudy role. Scott had a good season in Tennessee last year, and Fisher would be familiar with him.

Backup quarterback could be another option, and their sticking with Austin Davis for the week could have been purely a financial move given the guaranteed salaries rule.

No team took a flyer on Brian Hoyer, Tom Brady's former backup, thanks in part to his $1.9 million salary. David Garrard, who still has some time to recover from a knee scope, was in that situation too. Josh Johnson is another name that could be worth watching.

Defensive tackles could be under the microscope this week too. Watch and see if any team, including the Rams, opt to take a flyer on Eagles castoff Antonio Dixon. Some other names on the list include Marcus Thomas, Brian Price and good old Albert Haynesworth. A salary that isn't guaranteed could make any of those guys a cheap fill-in while Michael Brockers is on the mend.

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