ST. LOUIS -- One series in to Sunday's game, Rodger Saffold was back at left tackle for the St. Louis Rams. What a strange trip it has been.
Left tackle was Saffold's spot his first three NFL seasons after the Rams drafted him in the second round. He wears No. 76 in tribute to former Rams seven-time Pro Bowler Orlando Pace, who manned that position.
When Jake Long signed a free-agent deal with St. Louis last offseason, Saffold became a right tackle without much fuss. Saffold's versatility got tested again when the Rams (7-8) wanted to plug a gap at guard for injured Harvey Dahl.
After Long was carted off the field with a torn anterior cruciate ligament after the third snap of Sunday's 23-13 victory over the Buccaneers, Saffold was home again as the anchor of a unit that gave up just one sack and paved the way for rookie Zac Stacy's second straight 100-yard rushing day.
"It's kind of crazy," Saffold said. "I kind of blame my father for this move: He called and said `God forbid anythi...