The St. Louis Rams have been a bit dinged up on defense in the 2015 season. Standout rookie E.J. Gaines was lost for the season before it even started. Defensive ends Robert Quinn and Chris Long have both missed significant time. Janoris Jenkins, most recently, has dealt with a concussion.
And outside linebacker Alec Ogletree - the team’s leading tackler for the past two seasons - was a player who the Rams considered putting on the shelf as early as Week 4. Ogletree was carted off the field in the Rams Week 4 matchup against the Cardinals with an ankle injury; one that required surgery.
He’s yet to play since. And understandably so. As one of the rising young stars on the Rams’ defense - and one capable of playing at a Pro Bowl level - keeping Tree sidelined for the remainder of the season made sense.
But you may not have seen the last of him, according to ESPN’s Nick Wagoner...
Fisher also said Rams might get LB Alec Ogletree back to practice after this game with a chance he could play in season finale.— Nick Wagoner (@nwagoner) December 16, 2015
The question is "why?" The Rams are currently a 5-8 team, one spot out of the cellar of the NFC West - with no ambitions of a postseason - and yet they may be aiming to play one of their best defensive players in the season finale...against the [currently] last place 49ers in San Francisco.
Don’t question the effort, ass kissers.