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The St. Louis Rams were without a pair of key starters at Wednesday's practice.

Jeff Curry-US PRESSWIRE

The St. Louis Rams' mid-week injury report contains a few names to be concerned about as the team looks to get back above .500 with a game against the Packers this week. A pair of starters are dealing with the rigors of pro football's weekly grind.

Janoris Jenkins and Wayne Hunter both sat out Wednesday dealing with a sore back. Hopefully, this is one of those precautionary moves, a day to rest both players and let them recover ahead of an important game.

Jenkins made a few rookie mistakes last week in a loss to the Dolphins, most notably getting burned by Marlon Moore while looking into the backfield instead of finding his man. That gave Miami a touchdown. Despite that, the Rams desperately need Jenkins on the field. The rookie sensation has been an essential part of a secondary that approaches dominance at times, forming the basis of one of the league's best pass defenses.

Hunter is filling in for an injured Rodger Saffold on Sam Bradford's blind side. Hopefully Saffold is back in the mix soon, but until then the Rams need Hunter to play at his best. He too struggled last week against the Dolphins, allowing Bradford to be sacked on a crucial fourth quarter drive. The week before that, against Arizona, he had a much better outing. Without Richardson, the Rams could really have problems on the line.