– The NFL announced its Pro Bowl participants Wednesday evening and the Rams did not have any players honored.
– Now, it’s been fairly standard protocol for the Rams to be shut out in years past because of their record but this year with much improvement on the record, one would think that they’d have at least a player or two going to Hawaii. Or at least a first or second alternate. They have none of the above this year. They do have a handful of third and fourth alternates though it’s more of a long shot those guys would get to go.
– It is important to note that the Rams don’t have any glaring, obvious choices in the mix but there were a number of players who had excellent years who could have been honored. Fear not, though, the Rams will almost certainly have plenty of representatives moving forward with all of their young talent.
– Meanwhile, after enjoying a Victory Monday followed by a Tuesday off for Christmas (which is the normal day off for players anyway), the Rams returned to work on Wednesday to begin preparation for the season finale against Seattle on Sunday.
– While the Rams are out of the playoff mix, it’s an all business mentality in the locker room as they look to finish undefeated in the NFC West and with a winning record for the first time since 2003 and they can do both by beating a hated division rival in Seattle.
– With temperatures hovering near the 30 degree mark, the Rams practiced indoors on Wednesday even though they’ll be playing in what figure to be cold and windy conditions in Seattle. Coach Jeff Fisher does not believe in using artificial crowd noise but knows what to expect on the trip to Seattle and is having his team work with whisper and silent counts this week in practice to prepare for the conditions.
– On the Rams injury report, it looked about like Wednesdays have for the past few weeks or so.
Here’s the breakdown:
Did Not Participate: RB Steven Jackson (foot), CB Cortland Finnegan (thigh), C Scott Wells (knee), LB James Laurinaitis (back).
Limited Participation: S Craig Dahl (knee)
Full Participation: WR Austin Pettis (shoulder)
– Fisher allowed his team a little extra time to get back and wanted more meetings Wednesday morning so the team practiced late in the afternoon. They’ll be back to a normal schedule Thursday and Friday before heading to Seattle on Friday evening.
– As a side note, my chat this week was bumped because of the holiday. We’ll do it on Friday afternoon and start around 2 o’clock. Feel free to send in any questions you might have.
– Thanks for reading, talk to you all tomorrow.
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