St. Louis Rams center Scott Wells returned to practice for the first time this week since suffering a fractured left foot in the team’s season opener against the Detroit Lions.
Wells was placed on injured reserve with a “designated to return” tag that made him ineligible to play for the next eight weeks of the season. By rule, Wells was eligible to return to practice after six weeks and able to be activated after eight weeks. But Wells just began practicing again this week. The Rams will have 21 days after the first day he returned to practice to activate him to the 53-man roster.
With eight weeks having elapsed since being placed on injured reserve, Wells would be eligible to return this week if he were ready to go.
According to Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, that decision will be up to the Rams’ coaching staff as they see how Wells responds returning to the practice field.
“It’s all up to them,” Wells said. “I just go out there, do what’s asked of me each day, and try to get better each day. And then be ready for whenever they say it’s time.”
Wells made the Pro Bowl as a member of the Green Bay Packers in 2011. Wells spent the first eight years of his career with the Packers before signing with the Rams this off-season.