Both Jim Thomas of the Post-Dispatch and Nick Wagoner from ESPN his the Twitter wire to report on today's publicly closed practice. Good stuff from both.
Not practicing for Rams were McGee, Gaines, Bates, Toomer, Wichmann, Saffold, Brockers, Worthington. Gurley does individual drills.— Jim Thomas (@jthom1) August 21, 2015
Per usual, RB Todd Gurley participated in individual drills.— Nick Wagoner (@nwagoner) August 21, 2015
Says Saffold is coming along after latest shoulder. Hints it won't be a lengthy injury.— Jim Thomas (@jthom1) August 21, 2015
As per preseason custom, Fisher said starters will play a little more against Tennessee. Likely that they'll go into the second quarter.— Nick Wagoner (@nwagoner) August 21, 2015
Fisher likes the idea of having an 8th official on the field for Sunday's game against the Titans. Said it's "experimental."— Nick Wagoner (@nwagoner) August 21, 2015
Rams are providing funding for certified athletic trainers to be at all Public High League football games this season.— Jim Thomas (@jthom1) August 21, 2015
To clarify earlier tweet, Rams helping to provide athletic trainer for all St. Louis Public High League games this year. Donation $15,000.— Nick Wagoner (@nwagoner) August 21, 2015
OK, one more thing. A good day for the defense in coverage. Ogletree, Dunbar, and Joyner (off a Launitaitis tip) all had INTs.— Jim Thomas (@jthom1) August 21, 2015
Lastly, there were no brawls Thursday.— Jim Thomas (@jthom1) August 21, 2015
- The Rodger Saffold news is reassuring, but the absence of a similar nugget on Daren Bates combined with the surprise addition of Michael Brockers give us something to eye on the injury front headed into the weekend.
- Eager to see more of the starters, but with so many injuries going on around the league...Robert Griffin III was on the ground for a while in Washington tonight. It's worth remembering how quickly things change with an injury...and how risky it is to tempt the football gods.
- Unsure of how up for the challenge the Titans' offense will be, but of course I said something similar heading into Oakland. Again though, if there's any unit that needs to be week 1 ready, it's the defense. If they're struggling when Seattle comes to town, the Rams might not even have a chance.