– The Rams got back to work Wednesday afternoon as they begin preparations for this weekend’s game against Carolina. And it was a busy day around the Russell Training Center as bets were paid off and roster tweaks were made.
– On the injury front, the Rams had a number of players not participating in workouts because of injury. RB Steven Jackson (finger), DT Fred Robbins (toe), S James Butler (knee), CB Justin King (hamstring), S Darian Stewart (hamstring) and DT Darell Scott (ankle) all sat out the workout.
– The Rams remain optimistic that Jackson and Robbins will be able to play this week. Jackson’s injury shouldn’t limit his ability to carry the ball so much as hamper his pass protection. Robbins’ toe injury isn’t too severe but he’ll be monitored closely this week.
– Coach Steve Spagnuolo said James Butler actually felt pretty good when he arrived on Wednesday. He’s still likely to be out this week but it could bode well for him to return after the bye week.
– CB Ron Bartell’s shoulder ailment wasn’t serious enough to require an MRI and he participated on a limited basis Wednesday. Bradley Fletcher made it through OK despite his hamstring issue.
– With so many injuries in the secondary, the Rams made some moves to bolster the depth back there. On Monday night, the team claimed CB Quincy Butler off waivers and released LB Curtis Johnson. Butler was with the Rams last year and in the preseason. On Wednesday morning, the team signed veteran S Michael Lewis and placed DT Clifton Ryan on injured reserve because of his recurring migraine issues. Lewis is close with Spagnuolo from their time together in Philadelphia. In fact, Lewis went to the Pro Bowl after the 2004 season.
– With Lewis in the fold, the Rams have five safeties on the roster but Lewis is the only healthy reserve as it stands.
– As the Rams retired to the locker room on Wednesday afternoon, QB Sam Bradford had to face the music on his bet with WR Danario Alexander from last weekend’s Mizzou-Oklahoma game. Mizzou, of course, pulled off the victory meaning Bradford had to wear Mizzou gear for his weekly Wednesday meeting with the media. Waiting for Bradford was a personalized Mizzou jersey with his name and the No. 14 stitched on the back.
– Bradford begrudgingly wore the jersey and was a good sport about it as the local media peppered him with questions. Bradford did get off one good zinger when a reporter asked him if he ever considered going to a “better academic institution” like Mizzou. Bradford’s response: “I wanted to win Big 12 championships.”
– The Rams will get back to practice Thursday afternoon.
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