With a 1-1 record, the St. Louis Rams are looking like a team with potential to make some serious noise in 2012. Everyone knows that injuries play a huge role in determining which teams ultimately become contenders and the Rams (unfortunately) already have plenty of those to deal with.
The offensive line is a huge area of concern for the team without considering injuries and now offensive tackle Rodger Saffold is out with a sprained MCL. Head Coach Jeff Fisher said: “He’s going to miss a number of weeks. How many weeks, I can’t speculate now. He’s got a pretty good attitude about it. He’s happy with the news that we got as a result of the MRI.”
The acquisition of veteran tackle Wayne Hunter could payoff if Saffold misses a considerable amount of time. Hunter can fill in and provide a real boost in run blocking where the team needs to get some more push.
Speaking of the running game, running back Steven Jackson also left Sunday’s game with what is being called a groin injury of sorts. According to Fisher: “His groin was tight, we didn’t want to risk further injury. He could have come back in the game, and he was OK with it. He understands this is a long season.”
The Rams instead went with rookie Daryl Richardson who found some success with 15 carries for 83 yards along with two catches for 19 yards. Some believe that the reason Jackson didn’t return to the game was due to his inability to gain yards on the ground, but Fisher denies that assumption. This will be interesting to see how the Rams running back situation plays itself out over the remainder of the season.
There is certainly justifiable reason for optimism as a fan of the Rams, but don’t get too caught up in things just yet. Injuries have a funny way of creeping up on teams and if these current issues become lingering ones, they could seriously hinder the team’s chances of being a contender this year.
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