From the department of news and information, it's all the topics about the St. Louis Rams that you need to know today.
First, the injuries. CB Ron Bartell sat out practice again yesterday with a thigh bruise. However, the Rams top corner says that he will play against Tampa this weekend.
CB Justin King, S Darian Stewart and DT Clifton Ryan sat out and will likely miss the action this week. Ryan's migraines have surfaced again. DT Darrell Scott is healthy and practicing, which should help the Rams with depth. Kevin Dockery practiced too.
Buccaneers and former OU DT Gerald McCoy may be excited play against Sam Bradford, his former teammate, but he'll be seeing a lot more Steven Jackson, who needs 32 yards to become the Rams all-time rushing leader, passing the great Eric Dickerson in the record books. Tampa Bay is allowing an average of 157 rushing yards per game, the league's second highest total, and have allowed an opposing running back to top 100 yards in each of their last three games. Jackson already has the franchise record for rushing attempts with 1,675, and he's tied with Dan Towler for the third most rushing touchdowns with 43. Dickerson and Faulk have 56 and 58 rushing TDs, respectively.
Jason Brown says the bad shotgun snaps happened because he thought Bradford was under center. Won't happen again...let's hope. Though, I do have to say just how impressed I was watching Bradford turn those from disaster into mere incomplete passes. Not so long ago, those would have been certain turnovers and probably returned for points.
Thinking about starting Rams WR Danario Alexander in your fantasy league? He gets a recommendation from Dan over at the Sports of St. Louis, but I'll throw out this caveat: Alexander is still getting up to speed on the system. The Rams used him in just a few prescribed routes last week, and probably will do the same this week. However, if he's picking up on it at this pace, he could get more and more work as the season progresses.