– Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo has had plenty of day after game news conferences in which he’s been left to discuss a loss from the previous day. But on Monday, after a 44-6 loss to Detroit that was surprising in how lopsided it was, Spagnuolo made it clear that he and his team were not happy about it. That is expected of course, but in previous defeats, Spagnuolo hasn’t been quite so blunt about his anger.
“I am disappointed in the loss and I am really upset with how we lost and by how much and all of that,” Spagnuolo said. “These guys feel the same way so we are going to try to get it corrected.”
– As is custom, before we get more into the game, let’s hit on the injury news.
– As expected, WR Mark Clayton will miss the rest of the season because of a torn patella tendon in his right knee. The injury will end Clayton’s first season in St. Louis prematurely and he will go on injured reserve. A tough, tough loss for the Rams and even worse for Clayton who was on pace for a breakout season. A great team player is gone from the mix as well and that makes replacing him doubly hard.
– TE Darcy Johnson does indeed have a concussion and he was sent home early today because of symptoms.
– G Jacob Bell was thought to have a concussion as well after the game but Spagnuolo said he felt OK so his status will be monitored over the next couple of days to see where he is on that front.
– CB Ron Bartell (calf bruise), LB David Vobora (bone bruise in knee) and T Jason Smith (foot soreness) had minor ailments and are expected to be OK.
– As for players attempting to return from previous injuries, LB Chris Chamberlain (foot), TE Billy Bajema (knee), TE Michael Hoomanawanui (ankle) and DT Darell Scott (ankle) are making progress but will be varied in their returns. Spagnuolo said the Rams thought Chamberlain could return this week but that doesn’t look like it will happen. Bajema will be worked back into it as much as he can this week and could make it to Sunday. Scott will begin doing some work but isn’t likely to play this week. And the Rams are “hopeful” that Hoomanawanui will return.
– CB Justin King played through his leg injury against the Lions but didn’t play much and isn’t 100 percent. The Rams will watch him closely in hopes that he will be able to get back up to speed for this week’s game against San Diego.
– CB Kevin Dockery (hamstring) is expected to return against the Chargers.
– On the game, Spagnuolo expressed his greatest regrets that the team was unable to take what it did in the first quarter and build it into a lead and further build upon it. The Rams pushed the Lions around in the first quarter and only had a 3-3 tie to show for it. A turnover inside the 10 and two field goals were all the Rams could muster on three trips to the end zone.
– Spagnuolo also said looking back on it, he wished he’d taken RB Steven Jackson out of the game in the second half when the game was out of hand. As for QB Sam Bradford, Spagnuolo said that wasn’t so much the thought because Bradford needs as much game experience as possible and he hadn’t been hit a lot in the game.
– In terms of replacing Clayton for the rest of the year, it’s going to be a tough task. Spagnuolo said the Rams would begin looking at it this afternoon and that practice squad WR Danario Alexander would be one of the options considered. Alexander is still working his way back from major atrophy in his leg from four knee surgeries accrued over the past few years. Until his thighs are the same size, he won’t get that chance but it’s possible he could be moved up if he’s deemed healthy enough.
– Elsewhere, the Rams will scan other possibilities but don’t expect those to include revisiting a certain wideout in San Diego.
– As for the attitude and general psyche of his team, Spagnuolo said he expects his group to rebound and come back to work ready to go on Wednesday. The Rams did their corrections Monday afternoon, went through meetings and put this one to bed.
– That’s what we’re going to do right now, also. That’s it for wrapping up this week. The Rams will begin preparation for a sure to be angry Chargers team coming off a loss against Oakland. Make no mistake, Sunday’s battle at the Edward Jones Dome will feature two teams looking to make up for a disappointing week 5. Back with updates throughout the week.
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