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St. Louis Rams practice notes: A new starting safety?

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Some interesting early notes from the St. Louis Rams Tuesday practice session, which is still underway at Rams Park. It includes some positive injury news and a potential position switch. Since injuries were the talk of the town, er, Rams Nation yesterday, let's start there.

Danario Alexander is back on the field. Big deal, right? While it probably doesn't merit a banner headline in the New York Times, it's worth pointing out since the recipient of five knee surgeries missed practice yesterday to have an MRI on his knee. Mardy Gilyard is also practicing today after leaving the Titans' game early with a thigh bruise. 

More notable is a potential depth chart move. Last year, Craig Dahl beat out James Butler for a starting safety job in training camp. Now, Dahl's grasp on a starting role might be tenuous as Darian Stewart is working in place of Dahl with the starters today at practice. Stewart is a little faster than Dahl, which helps him cover some more ground. I'm in the process of breaking down a play involving Stewart from the Titans game based on my conversation with Dahl earlier this month. Stewart took snaps with the defense throughout the entire game last week, as did Jermale Hines. 

Also, Donnie Avery is taking some snaps with the first team.