It must be the regular season. You know how I can tell? Injury reports came out on Wednesday, and it was a tough day to be a defensive tackle for the St. Louis Rams.
As expected, Michael Brockers did not practice on Wednesday. He is still recovering from the ankle sprain he suffered against the Ravens in the final week of the preseason. Matt Conrath and Darell Scott were also on the shelf for Wednesday's practice. Brockers will miss the game; Scott will almost certainly miss the game too. Conrath's status is not clear.
For those of you keeping score at home, that leaves the Rams with starter Kendall Langford, newly acquired Kellen Heard and Jermelle Cudjo. That group, with an emphasis on power, matches up well against the Lions' interior line. The biggest concern are the numbers. Depending on Conrath's status, the Rams could have just three tackles available on Sunday.
This is a big opportunity for Cudjo. Since being picked up as an undrafted rookie in 2010, he has shown nice potential as part of the rotation, including an ability to press the pocket and help generate pressure. He missed the 2011 with an injury, making this the second season in which he'll see the field on Sunday.
Fortunately for the Rams, those three defensive tackles were the only players not participating in practice on Wednesday.
Two players sat out for the Lions: cornerback Chris Houston and safety Louis Delmas. That puts their status for Sunday's game in doubt. It also makes for a glaring weakness in the Lions' secondary.