– The Rams returned to the practice field on Thursday afternoon after coach Jeff Fisher pushed back the normal workout time in an effort to allow his players to catch up in an area that had nothing to do with W’s and L’s and everything to do with Z’s.
“Every so often I am going to give them an opportunity to catch up on their sleep,” Fisher said. “So we did that. When you get into the routine and you are up early, up early, once in a while you get a day of sleep in it really changes the mood so that’s what we did.”
– So it was that Fisher pushed practice back to a 3:45 p.m. start, a full four hours later than the usual start time in an effort to get his team some extra rest.
– Not much change on the injury front though CB Janoris Jenkins was back to full participation after sitting out with some back soreness on Wednesday.
– T Wayne Hunter again sat out the practice as he continues to deal with some back problems of his own.
– Hunter is expected to be OK but in the meantime the Rams have Quinn Ojinnaka and Joseph Barksdale working in his stead.
– Barksdale and G Shelley Smith have been working more and more in recent weeks and Fisher said the duo is starting to get comfortable in this offense and are worth keeping an eye on moving forward.
“They’re doing fine,” Fisher said. “The first week or two is a transition period where they’re getting used to the offense and now they’ve got a good feel for what they’re doing. They’re both smart young men and they’ve got a chance to help us.”
– Speaking of the offensive line, C Scott Wells is out of his walking boot and tweeted as much today, proclaiming he’s “one step closer to a return to the field.” Wells, in fact, is eligible to return to practice next week though it’s not a certainty that he would.
– Want to take a quick minute to wish all the best to WR Danario Alexander, who signed with the San Diego Chargers today. He was a fan favorite here for obvious reasons after a prolific career at Mizzou. It never quite worked out because of injuries but here’s hoping for the best for him. Ironic that he signed with the team he had his breakout game against back in 2010.
– After wearing a wig to emulate Clay Matthews in Wednesday’s practice, LB Sammy Brown went without the wig Thursday after complaining of some itching issues that came with it.
– That’ll do it for tonight. Thanks for reading.
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