– Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo just completed his day after news conference on a victory Monday for the second consecutive week. And again, he was pleased with the effort of his team and his coaching staff.
– On the injury front, it’s pretty good news this week, actually.
– Only CB Kevin Dockery suffered any kind of mildly serious ailment and is likely out a week or two with hamstring injury.
– DT Gary Gibson has a sore shoulder. Might have it looked at tomorrow if he doesn’t feel any improvement but it’s not expected to be serious.
– RB Steven Jackson reported no setbacks from playing in yesterday’s game. He will still go day to day but is making improvements daily.
– Same for safety Oshiomogho Atogwe, who is expected to return closer to full strength this week.
– P Donnie Jones has a mild calf strain and will probably dial down his workload during the week but should be fine.
– The Rams are also expecting to get some bodies back in practice. TE Billy Bajema, TE Michael Hoomanawanui, LB Chris Chamberlain and S Darian Stewart are all expected to return to practice this week in limited capacities. It remains to be seen if any will be able play Sunday in Detroit but it’s a step in the right direction, at least.
– Spagnuolo said he spoke with DT Clifton Ryan today and both sides are again optimistic that he could be ready this week.
– As for the game, Spagnuolo made special mention of a few items that he wanted to hit on before taking questions. Let’s get to those real quick…
– First, Spagnuolo made mention of something that I brought up in this corner of cyberspace last night: The way the team seems to be feeding off each other. Every phase of the game is excelling in part because the other parts are excelling. For instance, Bradley Fletcher gets an interception and returns it to the 3. Sam Bradford throws an interception in the end zone and the offense gets no points. Instead of being upset and moping about it, the defense goes right back out on the field and gives Bradford another opportunity. Bradford takes the offense right down the field and they get a field goal as time expired in the first half. That’s how a team is supposed to work with everybody contributing.
– Spagnuolo refused to get into any talk about contending in the division or the positive things being said and written about his team. This is who he is. No matter if his team is winning or losing, he doesn’t get too excited or too down. That’s how he handles his business and it allows him to stay focused and steady for the team. That’s the emphasis again this week.
– At the quarter pole of the season, Spagnuolo discussed the performance of some of his younger players.
– He offered praise for CB Bradley Fletcher, who is quickly developing into one of the better corners in the league. The physical, rangy Fletcher has interceptions in back to back games and, according to Spagnuolo, the most impressive part of his performance is the fact that most players aren’t even healthy enough to play let alone at such a high level less than a year after such a major surgery.
– His assessment of Bradford is about in line with what many have said and written in the past 24 hours. To wit, in this very postgame blog, I mentioned that it’s hard to remember sometimes that Bradford is a rookie. Then he makes a mistake like yesterday’s interception and you find yourself surprised because you believe the bar is higher for him than that. Well, Spagnuolo shared that he and his coaching staff felt that exact same way in watching the tape of Bradford’s performance against the Seahawks. That speaks volumes about what Bradford has accomplished and the trust and faith everyone has in him already. And he’s only four games into his rookie season. And oh by the way, the guy played about three quarters of football last season.
– Because I failed to mention it with all of the other happenings from yesterday, big shout out to LB David Vobora for getting his first career sack yesterday. DE George Selvie also got in the action with half a sack of his own.
– That will do it for this week’s edition of Wrapping Up. Back this week with updates as the Rams begin preparation for the Lions in Detroit on Sunday. Thanks for stoppin’ by.
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