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O-line filler

There was some interesting news about the o-line, or what's left of it, in the chat with Post-Dispatch beat writer Jim Thomas yesterday. In the search for replacements, you may recall that the Rams brought in linemen Keydrick Vincent, Barry Stokes, and Cosey Coleman for workouts and visits last week. Vincent turned down a deal that would only pay him half the value if he got hurt. Stokes, once coached by Rams' O-line coach Paul Boudreau, is waiting for an offer, and no word on Coleman.

It sounds like Incognito will be back this week, but with Setterstrom gone for the season, I wouldn't be surprised to see the Rams make an offer to Stokes and maybe even revisit a deal with Vincent. That's just my own speculation, but I think both moves might be wise all things considered.

Thomas also speculates that the Rams might be forced to start working McCollum at guard in practice and getting he and Romberg on the field at the same time during games. It's something we mulled here ahead of the SF game, and with a rash of injuries on the line, it makes even more sense now. Even at guard, McCollum has the experience and the familiarity with this team to be a plus replacement. I understand their skittishness at losing one of the centers, but they might not have much of a choice in the matter anymore.