September 16, 2012; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Rams tackle Rodger Saffold (76) is checked out by a trainer after being injured on a play against the Washington Redskins during the first half at the Edward Jones Dome. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-US PRESSWIRE
Rodger Saffold continues to avoid serious injury. He was taken off the field with a knee injury on Sunday against the Redskins, and head coach Jeff Fisher revealed at his Monday press conference that Saffold had only suffered a third-degree MCL sprain.
The injury will probably keep Saffold out for a few weeks; Fisher did not offer a time table for his return. He will avoid going on injured reserve, which is a break for the Rams, though does make the roster math a little more complicated with other starters, including Michael Brockers, out with an injury.
Fisher did call the injury "significant." He could be out approximately a month.
The Rams have already used their designated to return injured reserve spot for center Scott Wells. That means Saffold will stay on the 53-man roster, but still leave the Rams short an offensive tackle. Ty Nsheke is the third tackle right now.
Austin Pettis returned Monday as well, forcing the need to clear a roster spot.
Brockers and Matt Conrath could determine what happens going forward. The sooner those two are ready, the sooner the Rams can open a roster spot at defensive tackle.