Cortland Finnegan unlikely to play versus Bears

Dilip Vishwanat

The Rams cornerback is listed as doubtful for this week's game against the Bears.

Cortland Finnegan has an eye injury. The extent and severity of the injury is unknown. What is known is that the St. Louis Rams will likely be without the veteran cornerback this week against Chicago. He is officially listed as doubtful on the injury report.

Janoris Jenkins and Trumaine Johnson will be the starting corners, which isn't a new thing. The two second-year players took over the outside corner jobs while Finnegan missed time with an injury earlier in the season. Finnegan has done his work since then exclusively at nickel. Safety Rodney McLeod has done some work at the nickel corner spot too, and his experience could get him more playing time this week. Another option is rookie Brandon McGee, who has been mostly limited to special teams.

This has been a down year for Finnegan. Opposing quarterbacks are completing more than 76 percent of their passes with a 136.0 rating when targeting him. He gave up a touchdown in Week 10 against the Colts, and Andrew Luck was seven-for-nine throwing his way.

Last season, Finnegan did not allow a touchdown, and opposing quarterbacks had an 80.9 percent rating against him. The Rams signed Finnegan to a five-year, $50 million contract as a free agent in the spring of 2012.

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