St. Louis Rams - San Francisco 49ers: "LIVE" First Game Half Thread

Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
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I absolutely KNOW there's popcorn, Lazy Boy recliners, and pizza in heaven. Right now, Deacon Jones, Merlin Olsen and Lamar Lundy are are adjusting their Cloud Nine 4000 series recliners in front of a 20 foot HDTV. Why? Because it's time for a Rams - 49ers game! They're all going to be there, the spirits of great players who made places like the L.A. Coliseum and Kesar Stadium hallowed ground. For almost three generations, the professional football world has set aside a place in its lore for when the Rams and 49ers meet. Tonight, with the Rams leading the series 62-61-3 in the regular season meetings - but tied if you include the single postseason meeting between the two in which the 49ers won - another page will be written in one of the longest running NFL rivalries. Have a look at history: Scroll down to page 76...

Both teams need to win tonight. They each face injury demons, which have robbed them of key players for tonight's contest before a nationally televised audience. The San Francisco 49ers will be without Pro Bowl outside linebacker Aldon Smith, and tight end Vernon Davis is questionable. Also questionable is All Pro inside linebacker Patrick Willis, so the 49ers defense will be diving into their roster depth to test inexperienced players.

The St. Louis Rams will be without right offensive tackle Rodger Saffold, and primary back up defensive end William Hayes.

So strap on those beer helmets, and pull that platter of hot wings just a tad closer. It's time for the NFL at its very best. The St. Louis Rams and San Francisco 49ers are about to collide in the Edward Jones Dome.

Injury list courtesy of NFL.com

INJURIES FOR WEEK 4
Name Position Injury Practice Status Game Status
William Hayes DE Knee Did Not Participate In Practice Out
Mike McNeill TE Chest Full Participation in Practice Probable
Joe Barksdale T Not Injury Related Full Participation in Practice Probable
T.J. McDonald S Knee Full Participation in Practice Probable
Daryl Richardson RB Foot Full Participation in Practice Probable
Chris Williams G Foot Full Participation in Practice Probable
Rodger Saffold T Knee Did Not Participate In Practice Out
Chris Givens WR Knee Full Participation in Practice Probable
Jake Long T Foot Full Participation in Practice Probable
James Laurinaitis LB Foot Full Participation in Practice Probable
INJURIES FOR WEEK 4
Name Position Injury Practice Status Game Status
Mike Iupati G Shoulder Full Participation in Practice Probable
Vernon Davis TE Hamstring Limited Participation in Practice Questionable
Frank Gore RB Knee Full Participation in Practice Probable
Carlos Rogers CB Knee Full Participation in Practice Probable
Nnamdi Asomugha CB Knee Did Not Participate In Practice Questionable
Jonathan Goodwin C Elbow Limited Participation in Practice Probable
Raymond Ventrone S Concussion Limited Participation in Practice Questionable
Ray McDonald DT Ankle Limited Participation in Practice Probable
Kyle Williams WR Rib Limited Participation in Practice Questionable
Justin Smith DT Shoulder Limited Participation in Practice Probable
Navorro Bowman LB Wrist Limited Participation in Practice Probable
Anthony Davis T Shoulder Limited Participation in Practice Questionable
Patrick Willis LB Groin Did Not Participate In Practice Questionable
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