– Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo just completed his Monday media briefing and again emphasized that the Rams are now officially in a do or die situation. It’s win or go home from here on out and that’s the message he wants his team to carry with it.
– Quickly on the injury front, the news is as feared as FB/special teamer Brit Miller is out for the final two games and beyond with a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Tough loss for the Rams. Miller has been a force in special teams coverage. LB David Nixon, coming off a hand injury, will likely have to step in this week. That could also mean a return to active duty for FB Mike Karney, who has been inactive in recent weeks.
– DE Chris Long suffered a bruised thigh in the game. He’s sore today and expected to be day to day this week though Spagnuolo indicated he’d likely be ready for this weekend.
– Spagnuolo is “hopeful” that RB Kenneth Darby (ribs) and TE Michael Hoomanawanui (ankle) will be able to return to practice this week. Both did some light work on Monday and the possibility exists that one or both could return to game action this week according to Spagnuolo.
– CB Ron Bartell (shoulder) made it through the game OK and is fine moving forward.
– DE George Selvie suffered a toe injury but is OK and shouldn’t miss time this week.
– As for the game, Spagnuolo again couldn’t help but express his disappointment in how things played out.
“We are all disappointed in the performance. That’s the first thing. Along with that we will all acknowledge that we are all accountable for it. That was the message to the team. I think they embraced that. I am also very disappointed for the St. Louis Rams fans, obviously.”
– On the pass protection issues from yesterday’s game, Spagnuolo said it can be attributed to a number of things, including receivers not getting open consistently as well as the line not holding up long enough.
“Some of those were good rushes by them. Some of them, guys technique-wise didn’t do very well. I don’t believe there was any scheme issues. I know there weren’t.”
– Some numbers to know that I was unable to get to after yesterday’s game…
– QB Sam Bradford completed 21-of-43 passes for 181 yards to give him 3,065 on the season. Bradford is just the third rookie in NFL history to pass for 3,000 yards and he now has the third most passing yards by a rookie in NFL history, trailing only Peyton Manning (3,739) and Matt Ryan (3,440).
– Bradford also moved into third place all time among rookies in completions (307) and attempts (517).
– RB Steven Jackson scored his fifth touchdown of the season and 45th of his career on a five-yard run in the fourth quarter. Jackson’s 45 rushing touchdowns ranks third in Rams history, trailing only Eric Dickerson (56) and Marshall Faulk (58).
– WR/PR Danny Amendola tied a season long punt return with a 42-yard punt return in the first quarter. It was Amendola’s seventh return of 20 yards or more this season, which is tied with Chicago’s Devin Hester for the most in the NFL this season.
– This week is the final voting for the Pro Bowl. The players and coaches did their duty today. You still can at nfl.com. Jackson, Donnie Jones, James Laurinaitis, Chris Long, James Hall and Fred Robbins some names for your consideration.
– The Rams get back at it on Wednesday with a practice in preparation for Sunday’s game against the 49ers. If last week’s game was big, this one is bigger. The season rides on it…
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