After weeks of looking like the walking wounded, the St. Louis Rams are finally getting healthy on the offensive side of the football again. The bye week came at just the right time for the team missing more than half of its starters along the offensive line and a key receiving target in the passing game. Now the Rams can focus on getting back to winning games and making a run following the week hiatus.
Offensive tackle Rodger Saffold has a great chance of returning to action for the first time since injuring his knee early in the season. He believed that his work would increase in practice throughout the week and hopefully lead to him being cleared for Sunday’s contest.
Another component of the offensive front, center Scott Wells, has been out since the season opener with a broken foot that required surgery. The Rams used one of their new roster exemptions to keep a spot open for him since then and he is finally back at practice.
Wells said: “It’s the longest I’ve ever had to wait and sit out, so it’s exciting to be able to go out there and take a step in the right direction.” No one is more excited to have Wells back than Head Coach Jeff Fisher who commented that he expects Wells to: “step in and be our starter. He’d be the guy we brought in here to take over and control everything up front.” The quarterback is usually the guy that you think of controlling the offense, but the center has just as much responsibility.
The most anticipated return will be that of wide receiver Danny Amendola who has been out since suffering a horrific dislocated collarbone injury that was quite scary. He will most likely be back to his old self on Sunday as he said: “I’m practicing full-go and we’ll see how it goes. I’m feeling great. It’s just a matter of being able to withstand a hit and blocking and stuff, but I’m feeling stronger every day.”
While the match-up on Sunday doesn’t look favorable with the San Francisco 49ers’ vaunted defense going up against the Rams struggling offense, quarterback Sam Bradford remains optimistic. He said: “I don’t know if I would say anxious. Anytime you get to play a defense like this, it really kind of allows yourself to see where you’re at. We know we need a great week of preparation if we’re going to go out and succeed on Sunday.”
Certainly the upper hand still goes to the Niners in this meeting, but with Bradford’s supporting cast finally returning to the field around him, perhaps they can give San Francisco a battle. At least the team will be closer to full-strength as they move into the stretch run of the season after a difficult go of it in October.
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