With LBs Chris Chamberlain and Josh Hull out, the Rams will turn to WR Dominique Curry and newly acquired LB Bryan Kehl to fill their spots on special teams. Curry was strong on ST in the preseason, strong enough to earn a spot on the 53-man roster. Kehl is an experienced special teamer from the Giants - his rookie season coincided with Spags' final year - who also has experience filling in on the weakside.
Fans held their breath yesterday with reports of two DTs missing practice. Darrell Scott hurt his knee and Clifton Ryan was in the hospital with migraines. Scott was back on the field today, and should be good to go this weekend. Ryan was limited in practice today, and will be a game time decision on Sunday, though it sounds like he'll be a go.
CB Justin King was limited in practice today, but the team is "hopeful" that he can play Sunday. Again, it's a game time decision.
The Raiders will be without LG Robert Gallery in all likelihood. He missed practice again today and is listed as doubtful. DE Richard Seymour did not practice today either. That bodes well for the Rams matchups in the trenches.
Without Gallery, Raiders LT Mario Henderson could be even more vulnerable. The Oakland coaches have not been pleased with Henderson.
Team sources are whispering that the Rams are concerned with their cornerback situation beyond Ron Bartell and Bradley Fletcher. Not a huge shock for a rebuilding club. They're lucky to have those two guys as their starters considering what the CB situation has been in recent years...Fakhir Brown anyone? There is hope that rookie Jerome Murphy can shine in the nickel role.
Oakland will use their top defensive player, Nnamdi Asomugha, in a bit of a freelance role this weekend, even lining him at safety for some snaps. Given the trouble the Rams had with Adrian Wilson last week, it will be of paramount importance that Sam Bradford and his blockers have Asomugha accounted for at all times. Watch this matchup, because it could be the deciding factor in a close game.
Fantasy upside for Danny Amendola and Mark Clayton? Some people think so.
Would Al Davis have drafted Chris Long in 2008?