St. Louis Rams Training Camp: Latest Buzz on Player Injuries
If someone said they were only expecting two wins out of the St. Louis Rams at this point last year, chances are they're lying.
After going 7-9 in an impressive 2010 turnaround year and going 4-0 in the 2011 preseason, the common belief was that the Rams were officially back and ready to compete for a division title in the NFC West.
In the season opener against Philadelphia, the rejuvenated Rams certainly looked the part, at least for the opening drives. The feisty St. Louis defense shut down the Eagles' offense, and Steven Jackson broke free for a 50-yard touchdown on the first offensive drive.
Unfortunately, that was the end of the real 2011 Rams.
Jackson pulled a quad muscle on that touchdown run. On top of that, Danny Amendola, the team's top wide receiver, suffered a season-ending elbow injury, and No. 1 cornerback Ron Bartell was hit with a career-threatening neck injury.
And that was just Week 1. The injuries took on a snowball effect and the team continued to suffer season-ending injuries at a freakish and likely record-breaking rate.
For that reason, the primary goal of the 2012 preseason is to avoid any debilitating injuries. And clearly, the Rams are long overdue for some luck in that department.
So far, the Rams haven't been dealt any serious injuries. But just like any team, the Rams have an assortment of bumps and bruises, especially this far into training camp.
Here's an update on some of the current injuries the team will be dealing with as they face the Kansas City Chiefs for their second preseason game this weekend.
QB Sam Bradford (Ankle)
Sam Bradford's ankle soreness is probably the most well-publicized injury on the team, simply because it involves the starting quarterback.
So far, the injury hasn't caused Bradford to miss any reps at practice or during games, and he doesn't appear to be limited in any way.
He is, however, experiencing soreness as a result of the constant activity. And it's somewhat concerning since this is all a side-effect of the high ankle sprain he received last October, which is something that should have been completely healed by now.
Unless he completely sprains the ankle again in a separate incident, then there's no reason to believe that this will cause him to miss playing time at any point.
Although, the soreness could eventually affect his play if it gets too overwhelming.
C Scott Wells
Scott Wells was an extremely important offseason addition during free agency, but he has yet to strap on the pads and fully participate with the team during training camp.
The knee scope he had during the offseason also caused him to miss OTAs and minicamp, but there's been some optimistic news from head coach Jeff Fisher.
According to the transcript from Fisher's post-practice interview on Thursday, August 16, Wells should be returning to action soon.
"I don't imagine it lasting any longer than this weekend", said Fisher during the interview (according to RamsFans.com).
Wells is a veteran who knows how to adapt, so there's no need to rush him back simply so the fans can get a look at him during the meaningless preseason.
S Darian Stewart
After seeing Craig Dahl getting burned all day during the preseason opener against Indianapolis, fans are surely anxious for the return of Darian Stewart, who can hopefully solidify the pass coverage.
According to USA Today, Stewart has been limited due to hamstring tightness.
It's not a serious injury and he could see some time against Kansas City. If not, he'll surely return before the preseason is over.
CB Bradley Fletcher
Bradley Fletcher missed last season with a knee injury and is once again struggling to stay on the field, but luckily it's nothing more than a minor rib injury holding him back this time around.
According to Turf Show Times, the rib injury is the reason why Fletcher missed the preseason debut.
There's no timetable on his return, but he'll surely be ready by the season opener in Detroit. There's been zero indication that the injury is serious.
WR Brandon Gibson
Brandon Gibson is not exactly a fan favorite, but he has been able to ignore criticism and attract positive attention from the coaching staff.
Gibson was among the top receivers in camp as far as performance, but he is now falling behind due to a hamstring injury that has kept him sidelined for over a week.
Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported on Twitter that Gibson did individual drills on Thursday, August 16, but he's apparently still being held out of 11-on-11.
No timetable has been clearly set for his return, but his injury is not serious.
CB Trumaine Johnson
According to Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch via Twitter, rookie Trumaine Johnson suffered a mild back injury from a collision during the preseason opener in Indianapolis.
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