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Rams losing blockers by the minute

It's back Friday for the St. Louis Rams offensive line today too. They'll be without two starters this week and testing the reserves to protect backup QB Kyle Boller.

More and more, it sounds like RT Jason Smith will be out this week with a concussion. That's a blow to be sure. The Rams don't lose much with Adam Goldberg at RT, but without Smith's athleticism I think it becomes harder to keep defenders out of the backfield on those rollouts they'll need Boller to perform. Paging Billy Bajema.

Goldberg, of course, is sliding over from RG where he's been filling in for Richie Incognito. Cogs has a foot injury, and is probably another week from returning to action. Setterstrom will take his place, and we'll see just how good our OL depth is. Setterstrom you'll recall spent time starting inside, and has been a solid backup G that could start in lots of places. 

Steven Jackson is not practicing, but the team seems optimistic that he'll play. They better hope so. Oh, and FB Mike Karney is likely out too. Eric Butler will replace him at FB. Yikes, it's 2007/08 all over again.

The most frightening thing about this is that Jackson's going to take on more of the physical toll he usually shares with the blocker, upping his injury risk.