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A sad weekend for all of us Rams fans. The tragic loss of QB Sam Bradford - to a season-ending ACL tear in Saturday's game against the Cleveland Browns - casts a pall over the Rams, their fans, and the upcoming season. Keep your chins up! The Rams can still reach double-digit wins - and contend for a playoff berth - this coming season. A ferocious defense, punishing running game, and a quality backup QB (Shaun Hill) ensure that the Rams will be competitive this season. Wishing Sam Bradford a healthy, speedy recovery! I almost forgot...the Rams must reduce their roster to 75 by 4.00pm EDT Tuesday.

Joe Robbins

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Jeff Fisher's Sunday Press Conference, where he discusses the season-ending injury to Sam Bradford, and the teams' plans for the 2014 season:

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Press conference transcript (link)

Twitter Talk

Terrible news...

Leave it to Chris Long to sum up my feelings to a tee:

And for JL55 to give a little tug to my heartstrings:

Now THAT'S what I like to hear!! A true leader:

Michael Sam sacks Johnny Football in Saturday's preseason game:

And adds a "money sign" to rub it in a bit:

Wishing all the best to Rams and 49ers fans in the Bay Area:

Breathed a sigh of relief after reading this report:

RVB's take on the Rams' offensive coordinator:

Robert Quinn keeps turning heads around the league:

Do The Rams Not Have Confidence In Greg Robinson?: Ramblin' Fan

Should we be making judgements about a player based on one preseason game? I believe the Rams have full confidence in Robinson.

Rams at Browns Highlights: St. Louis Rams Official Website

Highlights from the Rams' 33-14 preseason win against the Cleveland Browns.

5 Players Who Stood Out In Week 3: Rant Sports NFL

Kenny Britt, Trey Watts, Chris Givens, Michael Sam, and Austin Davis all stood out in the Rams' victory on Saturday night. Can Watts, Sam, and Davis make the final 53-man roster?

The Showstoppers: Grantland

Bill Barnwell lists the best offensive and defensive units in league history. The Rams' current defensive line rates a mention as a "current candidate". As for "league history", Barnwell evidently didn't see the Fearsome Foursome play, nor the Rams' 1978 offensive line.

Sam Bradford

The accompanying articles contain various reactions, following the news of Sam Bradford's season-ending ACL tear:

Rams must begin planning for future at QB: ESPN NFL Nation - Nick Wagoner

Sam Bradford's injury muddles Rams' vision: USA Today

5 Reasons Why Rams Can Still Win NFC West Without Sam Bradford: Rant Sports NFL

With Sam Bradford Out For The Season, What's Next?: Ramblin Fan

Rams have interest in Eagles' Mark Sanchez: NFL.com

Bradford and Rams are cursed: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Rams turn to Hill but need more help: ESPN NFL Nation - Nick Wagoner

No easy QB answers for Rams: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

On This Day In Sports History

1943 - 10th NFL Chicago All-Star game is played. The All-Stars defeated Washington 27-7. Attendance: 48,471.

1960 - The AFL begins placing players names on the backs of their jerseys.

Rookie Highlight Reel: QB - Garrett Gilbert

Rams Capsule: Yahoo Sports

Short and sweet...but a decent little summary of the Rams' strengths, weaknesses, and expectations entering the 2014 regular season.

Countdown to cutdown: Rams by position: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

With the first cutdown from 90 to 75 scheduled for Tuesday, its a good time to look at the Rams roster, and attempt to determine who will make the final 53-man roster. Jim Thomas shares his thoughts on who will make the roster, who's on the bubble, and who won't make the team.

For Michael Sam, a victory even if cut from St. Louis Rams roster: Washington Post

Will Michael Sam survive the roster battle for the final spot on the Rams' defensive line? If he does make the roster, it'll be based solely on merit.

"There are very few things I am certain of. But I am certain Coach Fisher is a man of high integrity, and [Rams General Manager] Les Snead also. I don’t believe they brought him in as a political statement. I believe they brought him in because they believe he deserves a chance."

Rams rookie Ethan Westbrooks isn't hiding the giant chip on his shoulder: Fox Sports Midwest

Can Ethan Westbrooks beat out Michael Sam for the 9th spot on the defensive line? His play during the preseason warrants serious consideration, as noted by Coach Fisher:

"There was a series of plays in the game that was quite impressive. A couple tackles for loss, a sack, a hit on the quarterback, just one play after another. Then he moved inside to tackle and was doing some stuff, so he's really come on. He's got obviously a couple of big weeks ahead of him, but he's shown he can do some things."

Stat Facts Of The Week: Opponent Fumbles Lost Per Game

Rank


Team


2013


2012


1

Kansas City

0.9

0.4

2

St Louis

0.9

0.2

3

Dallas

0.8

0.6

4

Oakland

0.8

0.5

5

NY Giants

0.8

0.9

6

Tennessee

0.8

0.3

7

Seattle

0.7

0.7

8

Indianapolis

0.7

0.3

9

Philadelphia

0.7

0.3

10

Atlanta

0.7

0.7

11

San Francisco

0.7

0.7

12

New England

0.7

1.2

13

Green Bay

0.6

0.4

14

Cincinnati

0.6

0.9

15

Jacksonville

0.6

0.7

16

Washington

0.6

0.6

17

Tampa Bay

0.6

0.5

18

Pittsburgh

0.6

0.6

19

Arizona

0.6

0.7

20

Carolina

0.6

0.8

21

Chicago

0.6

1.2

22

Minnesota

0.5

0.7

23

Denver

0.5

0.5

24

San Diego

0.5

0.9

25

Baltimore

0.5

0.8

26

Buffalo

0.4

0.6

27

Cleveland

0.4

0.8

28

Detroit

0.4

0.4

29

New Orleans

0.4

0.7

30

Miami

0.4

0.4

31

Houston

0.2

0.8

32

NY Jets

0.1

0.

The Rams defense went from second-worst in 2012 - to second-best in 2013 - in recovering opponents fumbles. Expect those totals to be even better this season, as Rams' DC Gregg Williams turns up the heat a notch or two.

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Jake Long rusty in return: ESPN NFL Nation

As expected, Jake Long isn't quite regular season-ready yet, and it showed in the Rams' preseason win against Cleveland. He'll have another preseason game to shake off some of the rust, and return to pre-injury form.

Injured Reserve rules need an overhaul: National Football Post

Jack Bechta takes an in-depth look at the myriad of rules regarding injured players in the NFL. The Rams will need to make decisions on Barrett Jones and Trumaine Johnson in the next few days.

Has the light turned on for Quick?: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Brian Quick has had an excellent training camp and preseason. Will all that potential finally turn into results on the field?

Sam continues building case for roster spot: ESPN NFL Nation

Michael Sam continued his fine preseason play, in the Rams' win against Cleveland. Has he done enough to earn a spot on the final 53-man roster?

Remembering Eric Dickerson

Eric Dickerson is still considered among the greatest players to ever don a Rams jersey. He holds the NFL single-season rushing record [2105 yards]. Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1999, he remains one of my favorite Rams. I'll never forget watching him shred the Dallas Cowboys for 248 yards rushing on January 4, 1986. The following video is a tribute, to one of the greatest running backs in NFL history.

Amid injuries, unheralded rookies make strong push at Rams' roster: S.I. - Arch Authority

Saturday's game was noted for the number of injuries the Rams sustained. It was also noted for the strong performances of Michael Sam, Marcus Roberson, and Austin Davis. All three are on the roster bubble, but made strong cases for inclusion on the final 53-man roster.

Bar keeps rising for Rams' Stacy: Fox Sports Midwest

Despite the presence of Benny Cunningham and Tre Mason, Zac Stacy remains the Rams featured running back, as noted by Coach Fisher:

"He's our running back."

NFC West Preview: Sports Illustrated

Doug Farrar previews the rough and tumble NFC West. The Rams are his "dark horse" favorite for winning the division, the best and toughest in the NFL.

NFL Practice Squads Expand To 10 Players: NFL Communications

The NFL and NFLPA agreed to an expansion - from 8 to 10 - of the practice squad for the 2014-2015 seasons. Good news for the Rams, who keep stockpiling young talent.

Fantasy Football

Fantasy Football Rankings - Tight Ends: Sports Illustrated - MMQB

Fantasy Football Rankings - Quarterbacks: Sports Illustrated - MMQB

Fantasy Football Rankings - Running Backs: Sports Illustrated - MMQB

Fantasy Football Rankings - Wide Receivers: Sports Illustrated - MMQB

Peter King - and his team at MMQB - unveil their Fantasy Football player rankings. The first position groups in the series: TE's, QB's, RB's, and WR's.

Fantasy Football Draft Strategy: Rotowire

10 things you need to think about.

2014 fantasy football top 300: ESPN

The fantasy football staff at ESPN update their top 300 preseason fantasy rankings.

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St. Louis Rams Weekly Salary "Re-Cap"

The Rams currently have $1,678,451 in available salary cap space. I will be publishing a complete salary cap update within the next couple of weeks.

The Pressers

Jeff Fisher Sunday Press Conference: St. Louis Rams Official Website

Jeff Fisher Post-Game Press Conference: St. Louis Rams Official Website

Jeff Fisher Press Conference - August 21: St. Louis Rams Official Website

Chris Long Post-Game Interview: St. Louis Rams Official Website

Michael Sam Post-Game Interview: St. Louis Rams Official Website

Rams Head Coach Jeff Fisher recaps the third preseason contest versus the Cleveland Browns:

St. Louis Rams Current Roster And Depth Chart

C Scott Wells Tim Barnes Demetrius Rhaney
RG Rodger Saffold Davin Joseph Travis Bond D.J. Morrell
LG Greg Robinson Barrett Jones Brandon Washington
RT Joe Barksdale Sean Hooey R.J. Dill
LT Jake Long Mike Person Mitchell Van Dyk
TE Jared Cook Justice Cunningham Alex Bayer
TE Lance Kendricks Cory Harkey Brad Smelley
WR Tavon Austin Stedman Bailey T.J. Moe Austin Franklin
WR Brian Quick Austin Pettis Emory Blake
WR Kenny Britt Chris Givens Justin Veltung Jordan Harris
RB Tre Mason Chase Reynolds Trey Watts
RB Zac Stacy Benny Cunningham Kadeem Jones
QB Sam Bradford Shaun Hill Austin Davis Garrett Gilbert
PK Greg Zuerlein
P John Hekker Bobby Cowan
LS Jake McQuaide Jorgen Hus
DT Kendall Langford Aaron Donald Deantre Harlan
DT Michael Brockers Alex Carrington Matt Conrath
DE Chris Long Eugene Sims Michael Sam Kourtnei Brown
DE Robert Quinn William Hayes Ethan Westbrooks
MLB James Laurinaitis Phillip Steward Aaron Hill Pat Schiller
OLB Alec Ogletree Daren Bates Etienne Sabino Johnny Millard
OLB Jo-Lonn Dunbar Ray Ray Armstrong Sammy Brown Lawrence Wilson
CB Janoris Jenkins Brandon McGee Marcus Roberson
CB Trumaine Johnson Greg Reid Darren Woodard
CB Lamarcus Joyner E.J. Gaines Jarrid Bryant
S Rodney McLeod Maurice Alexander Christian Bryant Avery Cunningham
S T.J. McDonald Cody Davis Matt Daniels
IR Mason Brodine
IR Isaiah Pead

I've updated the roster to include all transactions as of August 24, 2014. The Rams roster currently stands at 89 players, with 91 players under contract (Mason Brodine and Isaiah Pead are on the IR list). Rosters must be trimmed to 75 players by August 26. The final roster cuts - to reach the 53-man regular season limit - must be completed by August 30. The Rams will need to make roster decisions regarding Sam Bradford, Trumaine Johnson, and Barrett Jones. Jones underwent back surgery two weeks ago, and his status for the season has not been determined. Bradford suffered a season-ending ACL tear on Saturday, and will likely be placed on season-ending Injured Reserve. Johnson suffered an MCL sprain in Saturday's game, and will be out for 4-6 weeks.

Blast From The Past: Monday's Got The Blues: Stevie Ray Vaughan - Tin Pan Alley

Please have a great Monday and a Ramtastic week!!