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Rams Offensive Line Injuries Starting To Pile Up

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Sep 9, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; St. Louis Rams offensive line lines up against the Detroit Lions defensive line during the third quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-US PRESSWIRE
Sep 9, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; St. Louis Rams offensive line lines up against the Detroit Lions defensive line during the third quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-US PRESSWIRE

This could be a problem. The St. Louis Rams already hurt for depth on the offensive line where starting left tackle Rodger Saffold is out of action for a month, if not more. Wayne Hunter, his backup, sat out practice on Wednesday with an ankle he injured in Sunday's win against Washington.

If Hunter cannot play, that pushes Ty Nsheke into the starting lineup at left tackle. Nsheke's previous experience came in the Arena League. I wonder if they would push Quinn Ojinnaka out to tackle if Hunter cannot play. He filled in for Saffold some in training camp. The problem with that is Rokevious Watkins is on IR and out for the season, which leaves the team a little thin on the inside.

There was some good news with the defensive tackles. Matt Conrath did some limited work with the team. Michael Brockers was still absent, dealing with an ankle injury.

The Rams should get Saffold back before the trade deadline, and if they can stay healthy up front until then, they should have enough help to get through the season. If not, you have to wonder if Les Snead's penchant for wheeling and dealing will come in handy.