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Rams-Saints: Vobora starting; Bartell iffy

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The St. Louis Rams could be without their top cornerback, Ron Bartell, when they take on the New Orleans Saints this week.
The St. Louis Rams could be without their top cornerback, Ron Bartell, when they take on the New Orleans Saints this week.

Uh oh, the injury bug looms large over the St. Louis Rams ahead of a tough week 14 matchup against the defending champs. 

CB Ron Bartell was one of several players who did not practice today, and his status for Sunday's game against the pass-happy Saints is up in the air. Keep an eye on this situation. Not to overstate the obvious, but this could have a big impact on the Rams game plan...a game plan that could likely feature 5 defensive backs on a majority of the snaps. Justin King was limited in practice today too. 

At linebacker, David Vobora looks like he'll replace Na'il Diggs on the strong side. Though he doesn't have DIggs' experience, he does have most of a season under his belt starting at that spot. He was a stellar run defender last year. Chris Chamberlain will probably start on the weak side. That doesn't come as a huge surprise either. Chamberlain has been a part of the nickel defense, so his starting against New Orleans makes sense. 

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