ST. LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 30: Darian Stewart #20 of the St. Louis Rams intercepts a pass against the New Orleans Saints at the Edward Jones Dome on October 30, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Rams beat the Saints 31-21. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
Second-year safety Darian Stewart hasn't been seen much this season. There is a perfectly logical reason for that. The St. Louis Rams safety missed most of training camp and the preseason because of injuries, which pushed him down the depth chart.
If you recall, Stewart was actually working some with the first team early in camp, until his hamstring started bothering him.
"There was too much practice time and game time missed," head coach Jeff Fisher said of the safety's reduced role. He returns to the lineup this week, and will likely be active in place of an injured Matt Daniels.
"Matt will be out for the game," Fisher said. "So with that being said, yes, Stewart has a chance to be able to take his place on special teams."
The coach did not rule out defensive snaps for the South Carolina product either.
"Well, there's a chance that he could also come in and play a series or two," Fisher said. "Now that he's healthy, there's obviously that chance."
Safety is an area of concern for the Rams, though the group did a much better job against the Redskins than in the season opener with the Lions. Getting Stewart or Daniels up to speed in the playbook would certainly bolster the depth chart. Given Fisher's history with defensive backs, e.g. taking Michael Griffin with a first-round pick during his Titans days, it would probably be worth your time to know the safeties in the 2013 NFL Draft class.