– This weekend, the Rams will welcome back about 20 of their greatest alumni for their 75th anniversary celebration. They’ll wear throwback uniforms. They’ll get to interact with some of the greatest parts of the franchise’s history. We’ll have plenty on that tomorrow. But on Friday, the festivities began with a bang as one of the greatest of the great arrived at ContinuityX Training Center.
– Hall of Fame DE Jack Youngblood was in the house on Friday morning and he was much more than just bystander taking in the day’s activities. Youngblood spent some time with coach Jeff Fisher then went into the defensive line meeting room to meet with d-line coach Mike Waufle’s group.
– Waufle knew about Youngblood’s planned presence before hand but told none of his players. You can imagine their surprise when one of the game’s all time greats walked through the door.
“Coach Waufle kept it a secret,” DT Kendall Langford said. “He didn’t tell us about it but when we walked in and saw him, it was a great surprise. To have a Hall of Famer in the room, a legend, one of the greats that ever did it, it was just an honor to be in the room with him.”
– Youngblood settled in and offered some words of encouragement though he reminded everyone in the room that if they needed motivation for a game against a division rival with potential down the road postseason implications then they are in the wrong line of work. He then got to the more important message:
” He said to basically go out there and approach everything like it’s your last play,” Langford said. “You are one play away from your career being over so go out there and you never know when that play is going to happen so take advantage of it when you are out there and give it all you got.”
– Youngblood didn’t depart the room after his speech, either. He stuck around for film study with the line and offered tips and encouragment to the group.
“It doesn’t get too much better than that,” Langford said. “To have a guy like him come in and be able to stand in there and talk to us and then have film study with us, it was just an honor.”
– It actually might get a little better for Langford and his teammates on Saturday. The Rams will have such franchise luminaries as Eric Dickerson, Tom Mack, Jackie Slater, Orlando Pace, Isaac Bruce, Vince Ferragamo and Rosey Grier, among many, many more in town this weekend. And before they are honored on Sunday, many of them will spend time with the team before, during and after the team’s walk through Saturday morning.
“We are looking forward to meeting everybody,” Fisher said. “We are going to have them in the building tomorrow and they’ll get some interaction with the players.”
– As for the rest of the day’s events, the Rams made it through practice with no issues and actually appeared to get some good news on the injury front.
– DE Robert Quinn (concussion) and C Scott Wells (knee) participated on a limited basis after sitting the past two days. Wells was mostly a maintenance situation and he’s expected to be ready to go on Sunday.
– Quinn passed some of the initial concussion testing, according to Fisher.
“He practiced limited today,” Fisher said. “He passed to the point where we could get him back to practice in individual stuff. We still have a couple more tests to do.”
– WR Danny Amendola did not practice for the third straight day but he did remove his walking boot, which is an upgrade over where he was at this time last week.
Here’s the full injury report for Sunday:
Out: LB Mario Haggan (elbow)
Questionable: Quinn, Wells, T Barry Richardson (knee)
Probable: RB Steven Jackson (foot)
– In other good news, at least for Fisher, he officially has made it through all pre-December practices while wearing shorts. He has a policy of wearing shorts every day in practice up to Dec. 1. The origins of the agreement are unknown but Fisher benefited greatly from a very mild November that had temperatures regularly in the 60s and as high as the low 70s.
– Fisher is something of a weather aficionado for both personal but mainly team reasons.
“There is snow in the forecast next week Friday and Saturday,” Fisher said when asked if he’d need to switch to pants soon. “I need to be aware of the weather, yes because we spend a lot of time outside.”
– That’s all for today. Thanks for reading. Stay tuned tomorrow for some very special coverage from the team’s walk through.
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