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Current Injuries: Tre Mason (wrist), Shaun Hill (foot), Jake Long (knee), Sam Bradford (knee)
Stedman Bailey is suspended for the first four games of the season.
Bailey is another guy who managed to fail PED testing this offseason, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, and will be gone to start the season.
Bailey’s rookie season was pretty lackluster, so his absence shouldn’t rock the boat too much.
The two biggest injury issues are Long and Bradford.
Head coach Jeff Fisher expects Long to return sometime in the middle of camp according to ESPN’s Nick Wagoner. If there is a delay, rookie Greg Robinson may get a sniff at the position, though the hope is he can get a year (at least) at guard to firm up his pass-protection skills.
There was buzz that rookie running back Mason might push Zac Stacy for the starting job, per SBNation’s Ryan Van Bibber. Whether that is true or not, he’s got to be healthy to have a chance, so showing up to camp ready to go will be huge for him.
So will having improved ball security.
Meanwhile Bradford is expected to be working at minicamp this week, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, and his knee seems to not be an issue.
Both players are, according to Schefter, expected to be ready to go in Week 1, and the Rams have to hope that’s true.
They need to find out if Bradford is a franchise quarterback and worth the money it will take to retain him, and to give Bradford the chance to prove it, they need Long at left tackle.
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