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Rams offensive line banged up after opener

Rodger Saffold AP

On Sunday night, we told you the good news that Rams tackle Rodger Saffold appeared to escape serious injury during the Rams’ 27-23 loss to the Lions.

Saffold wound up spending the night in a Detroit hospital, but the team is encouraged by the fact that he’s alert and recovering strength in his arms and legs after a scary looking neck injury during the game. Saffold’s outlook for next week, next month and the rest of the season remains unclear, but the good news about his current condition suffices for now.

The Rams are hopeful they’ll get good news about center Scott Wells as well. Wells missed the entire second half with a foot injury, forcing the Rams to reshuffle their offensive line on the fly. Left guard Robert Turner moved to center, Wayne Hunter took over at left tackle and Rokevious Watkins came in at left guard because of the injuries and the Rams had no more backup linemen on the active roster. Their performance earned some praise from quarterback Sam Bradford.

“I thought those guys did a nice job, stepping in and playing when they had to,” Bradford said, via Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “You hate to lose two starters but you look at what we did in the fourth quarter — it was probably one of our best quarters moving the football.”

There’s no word on Wells’ prognosis at present and Saffold may wind up missing some time, which could lead the Rams to look for some more depth. They had two linemen on the inactive list Sunday, but teams can now start signing vested veterans without guaranteeing their entire salaries so they might also be looking outside the organization once they get a handle on what they have to work with on the line.

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6 Responses to “Rams offensive line banged up after opener”
  1. skito13 says: Sep 10, 2012 11:13 AM

    Here we go again….no line after one game. Must get help so that Sam doesn’t get killed or happy feet. Use some of those draft picks for upcoming prospects.

  2. schmitty2 says: Sep 10, 2012 11:19 AM

    The Rams did an incredible job in most facets. The fact they even had a chance to actually win the game against a far better team is hopefully a sign of things to come

  3. garryfish says: Sep 10, 2012 11:55 AM

    Something nice said about Wayne Hunter

  4. canjura says: Sep 10, 2012 12:14 PM

    my fking god, can we get a capable training staff, strength and conditioning coaches, and whatever else we need? It’s been like 8 years since Orlando Pace tore his bicep and missed the entire season and ever since the Rams O-Line and DBs havent been able to stay healthy.

  5. iced107 says: Sep 10, 2012 1:06 PM

    I’m not as worried this year as I would be in years past. Steve Loney is no longer o-line coach,and Paul Bordeau has shown once again that he is an excellent o-line coach.

    We’ll find some depth and make it work – it may be an average line,but thats hell lot better than what we’ve seen the last 3 or 4 years

  6. turfrage says: Sep 10, 2012 7:14 PM

    New staff. New guys. Old irrelevant comment dude. This team will get there. It happens one step at a time. And where the heck’s an article about the mismanaged time clock at the end of the game that could’ve cost the Rams that win??? NFL’s released their statement. All these idiots were criticizing Fisher for the plays before the 2 min warning but he knew. Those seconds should have been taken off the board. Was pretty much like giving Detroit a free time out.

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