– For the second day in a row, the Rams practiced with nearly their full complement of players. And even better than Wednesday, the Rams has almost everyone back in full participation mode on Thursday.
– On Wednesday, tackle Rodger Saffold (knee), safety James Butler (ankle), receiver Danario Alexander (knee) and FB/LB Brit Miller (head) were limited. Saffold, Miller and Butler were upgraded to full participation on Thursday, according to coach Steve Spagnuolo. Alexander remained limited but did do more work.
– The Rams expect Saffold to be available on Sunday and he did most of the work with the first team on the left side Thursday.
– Alexander is still being brought along slowly but he did get some team repetitions with the first team offense.
– The only addition to the injury report was defensive tackle Fred Robbins, who has some pain in his upper back. Spagnuolo hesitated to call it his shoulder but indications are that it wasn’t something serious. Robbins is expected to be OK for the game Sunday.
– Punter Donnie Jones (calf) was also listed as limited but he too should be fine to play.
– The competition at cornerback remains ongoing and Spagnuolo has not tipped his hand on who will start opposite Ron Bartell against the Falcons.
– Spagnuolo’s post practice message to his team Thursday re-iterated how difficult a matchup the Falcons are on Sunday. He told the team Atlanta is “maybe” the best team in the NFL right now and he wants absolute focus on the task at hand because that’s what it will take to come away with a victory.
– Through nine games, the Rams are tied for the league lead in sacks with 28. Spagnuolo offered his take on how the Rams defense has turned it around in that category this year:
“To me sacks always come back to 80 percent want. You can draw up all different kinds of things and so that comes back to the players. We have some guys that can find their way to the quarterback and get it done. I’d like to have a few more. We could have used a few more key ones.”
– Rams are back to practice Friday for the final workout before Sunday’s game against Atlanta.
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