The St. Louis Rams wrapped up OTAs on Friday, inching closer and closer to training camp. One notable absence, again, was center Scott Wells.
Wells missed all week's worth of the team's OTA sessions and more, watching from the sidelines. Head coach Jeff Fisher said earlier in the week that Wells had been given the day off, and on Friday the team's web site reported that Wells was dealing with "an injury issue."
Calls to Wells' agent by TST were not returned.
Fortunately, the report on the Rams' website went on to say that Wells should be good to go in time for training camp, which starts in July. Players practice in shorts during OTAs and minicamp, so there is only so much for linemen to do. Nevertheless, it is fewer reps with quarterback Sam Bradford, though with Wells' experience that concern may be a little overwrought.
The Rams signed Wells in March to a four-year, $24 million deal with $13 million in guaranteed. Prior to that, he spent his career with the Packers, bridging the gap between Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers.
Backup centers on the current roster include undrafted rookie free agent T-Bob Hebert from LSU, who was profiled by DC yesterday, and Tim Barnes, a Mizzou product the team added to the practice squad last year. Barnes was one of the more underrated linemen, centers, in last year's rookie class. Both players have some notable upside, but have never played an NFL snap.