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St. Louis Rams Preseason 2014: 5 Takeaways From Week 3 Win

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St. Louis Rams Preseason 2014: 5 Takeaways From Week 3 Win

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The St. Louis Rams defeated the Cleveland Browns in Week 3 of the preseason on the road, which would have been an incredibly encouraging sign had it not come with such a dramatic cost. The Rams suffered a few injuries to key players, including the oft-injured QB Sam Bradford, which could be detrimental to their season.

Here's a look at five takeaways from the Rams' win.

5. CB Trumaine Johnson's Injury Did Not Look Good

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5. CB Trumaine Johnson's Injury Did Not Look Good

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Trumaine Johnson suffered what looked to be a knee injury in the first half and was carted to the locker room. It's still unclear just how serious it is, but it seems like he will be missing a significant amount of time, leaving St. Louis in need of identifying which defensive back will step up in his potential absence.

4. Receivers Are Finally Putting It All Together

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4. Receivers Are Finally Putting It All Together

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Chris Givens broke for a 75-yard touchdown, and Brian Quick was fantastic with 47 yards over four catches and a TD. The veteran Kenny Britt played solid as well, which bodes well for the Rams' chances in 2014, especially if Bradford makes a quick return.

3. Alec Ogletree Is Becoming A Dominant Force

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3. Alec Ogletree Is Becoming A Dominant Force

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The second-year linebacker picked off Browns' QB Brian Hoyer in the first half, and has been playing aggressively thus far into the preseason. It appears that new defensive coordinator Gregg Williams has identified Ogletree as someone who he wants to take chances in both the pass rush and in coverage, and it's paying off in droves. St. Louis has the makings of something very special with their defense in 2014.

2. Michael Sam Further Increases Chances of Making Team With Sack of Johnny Manziel

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2. Michael Sam Further Increases Chances of Making Team With Sack of Johnny Manziel

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Michael Sam beat protection and sacked Johnny Manziel in the second half, and even mocked the Browns' rookie QB by imitating Manziel's signature "money" hand gesture. Sam finished the game with two sacks, and it is fair to speculate that he has shown head coach Jeff Fisher enough this preseason to have cemented a spot on the 53-man roster.

1. Rams Have Fingers Crossed Sam Bradford's Injury Isn't Serious

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1. Rams Have Fingers Crossed Sam Bradford's Injury Isn't Serious

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Pass protection has been the Rams' Achilles heel this preseason, and that trend finally came with consequence as QB Sam Bradford was hit hard and suffered a knee injury in the first half. Bradford was able to walk to the locker room without assistance, which is an encouraging sign, but if the MRI he receives upon his return to St. Louis shows any structural damage, the Rams are in for a long season.

Timothy Downs is a St. Louis Rams/NFL writer for RantSports.com. You can add him on Google or  follow on Twitter @Tidow1212.