DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 09: Rodger Saffold is carted off the field after sustaining an injury during the fourth quarter against the Detroit Lions during the season opener at Ford Field on September 9, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images)
St. Louis Rams left tackle Rodger Saffold will miss the second week of the season as he recovers from a neck injury suffered in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 27-23 loss to the Detroit Lions. The third-year tackle will undergo more tests to determine the extent of his neck injury.
Fisher described the injury as a "significant neck strain". Saffold was taken to a Detroit hospital for evaluation and later discharged overnight. There is no timetable for his return. That could be determined with additional testing.
Saffold missed some time during the preseason with injury, though he was able to get back on the field for the start of the regular season with no issues. He ended up on injured reserve last season when he tore his pectoral muscle during a workout.
In the meantime, the Rams will most likely go with a combination of Wayne Hunter, who filled in on the left side for Saffold on Sunday, and Barry Richardson. Given the unknown nature of Saffold's injury, you have to wonder if they won't take a look at some of the veteran free agents, if for nothing other than depth.