– Per custom, coach Steve Spagnuolo just wrapped up his weekly day after game news conference after breaking down the film of Sunday’s 19-6 win against Arizona and being apprised of the team’s injury situation.
– As always, let’s dive into that information first…
– As feared, SLB Na’il Diggs suffered a season ending pectoral injury late in Sunday’s game. He will be out for the season and will require surgery. The recovery time is about five months though Spagnuolo indicated he hoped that Diggs would be able to at least be around the team in the closing weeks because of his veteran presence.
– CB Ron Bartell’s shoulder issue is about the same and he is going to be day to day. He’s dealt with this already this year so it stands to reason that this time around will follow a similar pattern.
– QB Sam Bradford “tweaked” his ankle according to Spagnuolo but he is expected to be OK in time for Wednesday’s practice. He was mostly just sore on Monday morning.
– LB Chris Chamberlain’s X rays on his hand and wrist came back negative. He has no broken bones but he will likely be wearing a cast or a wrap on his hand this week.
– The rest of the wounded for the Rams are going to be monitored on a day to day basis. Here’s the complete list: S Craig Dahl (knee), CB Jerome Murphy (hamstring), RB Kenneth Darby (ribs) and RT Jason Smith (ankle). All of those players will be watched and could practice Wednesday. Almost all are expected to at least be available to practice at some point during the week.
– As for replacing Diggs, the Rams haven’t quite got that far. They’ve been pretty thin at outside linebacker and been playing musical chairs at the weakside position so having an injury to the solid Diggs will shake up the mix even more. David Vobora and Larry Grant have both played on the strong side and would seem to be the most logical candidates to step in on that side.
– In looking back at the win against the Cardinals, Spagnuolo pointed out the ingredients he saw in his team that he liked most. And it’s no coincidence that those ingredients are all things needed to succeed in December.
– Toughness and resolve…Spagnuolo absolutely loved the guts of his players in fighting through injury and pain to stay on the field and be out there to help secure the victory.
– Demanding perfection…The Rams were up by three at the half and were far from satisfied. When Spagnuolo went into the locker room, he found a group of upset players not content to be in the lead because it demands more of itself.
– Taking care of the ball…Aside from Bradford’s interception, the Rams had no turnovers. The ability to be mistake free or at the very least make less mistakes than the opponent is always imperative. But it means a lot more in the final weeks.
– Being disciplined…The Rams have had major issues with penalties for most of the season but those issues have been curbed in the past couple of weeks. The Rams were flagged just twice for 15 yards against the Cardinals.
– Finishing it out…The Rams were able to piece together a drive to ice the game with the ball in their hands and outscored Arizona 10-0 in the second half. That’s the sign of a team learning how to finish the deal.
– The Rams are now ready to return to work and Spagnuolo and his staff have already begun getting ready for this week’s game against defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans. With one win in December under their belt and so much left to play for, the fun is only beginning…
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