– The Rams just completed Friday’s practice and their preparation for Sunday’s game at Oakland. Coach Steve Spagnuolo was pleased with the work his team did this week and said he’s looking forward to the challenge of playing in Oakland. In his time in the league. Spagnuolo said it’s the one place he has yet to coach but he thinks he has a good idea of the atmosphere considering his past….
“I have gotten a pretty good indication of what it’s supposed to be like,” Spagnuolo said. “But you’ve got to remember I coached in Philadelphia for eight years. The one thing I will say and I am sure it’s the same way in Oakland, it’s passion for NFL football. So I respect that.”
– On the injury front, the Rams got pretty good news on a pair of defensive tackles. Clifton Ryan returned to the facility on Friday after severe migraine headaches left him spending most of the past two days in the hospital. Ryan did not practice Friday and is listed as questionable for Sunday but Spagnuolo said if Ryan seems OK in the next day, he’d probably be good to go against Oakland.
– Fellow DT Darell Scott suffered a knee injury in Thursday’s practice but it was not serious. In fact, Scott didn’t even need an MRI and should be good to go against the Raiders.
– Cornerback Justin King did a little more work on Friday and the Rams are hopeful he’ll be ready to go Sunday. He is questionable and could be a gametime decision.
– Cornerback Kevin Dockery did not practice again because of his hamstring and isn’t likely to play.
– Considering the injuries, the Rams have already put into place some contingency plans.
– It looks almost certain that CB Jerome Murphy will make his debut as the team’s nickel corner. He worked there all week and Spagnuolo said
“(He’s done) pretty good,” Spagnuolo said. “We are still working with a rookie getting ready for his first NFL regular season game. But Jerome is a competitor so long as he competes he’ll be fine.”
– Linebacker Bryan Kehl has only been with the Rams a few days but because they are short on numbers at the position and on special teams, he’s likely to be active.
“He may have to,” Spagnuolo said. “I think we are looking at that. I’m sure Tom McMahon has got him up to speed.”
– It looks like rookie WR Dominique Curry will be active for the first time this week. After losing special teams studs Chris Chamberlain and Josh Hull, the Rams could turn to Curry to help out.
“I think that’s a good possibility,” Spagnuolo said. “He’s worked in there quite a bit. Now once we get all these injured people down, we will get to the 45.”
– The Rams have a method for rewarding practice squad players by giving one the chance to travel with the team every week based on how they help the team in practice. This week, it’s WR Danario Alexander who will get the experience of traveling.
– As always thanks for following along. Stay tuned for updates from Oakland this weekend and complete coverage on Sunday evening.
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