DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 09: Rodger Saffold #76 of the St. Louis Rams is carried onto the cart after receiving a neck injury during the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on September 9, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. The Lions defeated the Rams 27-23. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
There was a surprise on the practice field Wednesday afternoon at Rams Park. Offensive tackle Rodger Saffold was a limited participant with his teammates who were getting ready for their home opener against the Washington Redskins.
"He was limited today," Fisher said, "but good sign that he was out on the practice field dressed."
Quarterback Sam Bradford was also happy to have his regular blindside protector on the practice field so soon after the injury.
"It's great to see him out there," Bradford said. "I talked a little bit about it after the game, but it's extremely scary anytime you see someone get put on a stretcher and taken away in an ambulance. You never know with a head or a neck injury how serious it could be. To see Rodger back out there today is definitely a good thing."
Saffold suffered a neck sprain in the second half of last week's game against the Detroit Lions. Engaged in a block, he jammed his head into the back of one of his teammates and fell limp the ground. Trainers had to take him off the field in a cart and a full body brace.
Doctors at a Detroit hospital gave Saffold a further examination on Sunday after the game. X-rays and MRIs revealed that he only had a neck sprain, rather than what could have been a far more significant injury. Fisher has been cryptic about Saffold's return to action. At his Monday press conference he noted that he would not give a tell on the left tackle's status until Friday, when league injury reporting deadlines made him do so.
Fisher was cagey about it again on Wednesday, but he did note that the team was not surprised to have Saffold suited up with them.
"Not after we got the information back," Fisher said. "Now again, he was just limited at practice today."
It would be a mild surprise, albeit a pleasant one, to have Saffold active on Sunday against the Redskins, but it would probably be premature to rule out the possibility.