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(Eds: APNewsNow. Will be updated. With AP Photos.) By R.B. FALLSTROM AP Sports Writer The St. Louis Rams are getting healthier on offense heading into the second half of the season, with wide receiver Danny Amendola and tackle Rodger Saffold likely back from injuries this week and center Scott Wells returning to practice for the first time since the opener.
That's good news for a unit returning from its bye week anxious to top its seven-point output in a wipeout loss to the Patriots in London. But just in time for a stiff test in San Francisco, which is allowing an NFL-low 12.9 points a game and is No. 2 in total defense at 271 yards per game.
Amendola remains the team leader with 32 receptions and 395 yards even after missing three games with a collarbone injury sustained while attempting a diving catch Sept. 30 against Seattle. Saffold has missed six games with a third-degree right MCL strain and Wells broke his left foot in the opener.
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - Rodger Saffold was pleased to be part of the St. Louis Rams' traveling party to London - until the game began.
"I was like so happy that Coach (Jeff Fisher) let me come even though I was injured," Saffold said Wednesday. "And then afterward I'm like Why did he do this?' Standing out there on that field in the rain."
There is no mystery when the tape goes on and teams watch their opponent in preparation for that week's game. So it is that the Rams will face a team as physical as there is in the NFL when they travel to San Francisco Sunday. The 49ers have won 11 consecutive division games at home, and this season in two division wins over Seattle (home) and Arizona (road) they have allowed...
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Got a convention hall? The St. Louis Rams could use a place to put their elephant in the room.
There's no other way to say it: The Rams struggle to find the end zone. Touchdowns have been as easy as root canals for this group of late, and the competition won't...
(Eds: With AP Photos.) By JASON YOUNG Associated Press It's been a rough couple of weeks for St. Louis' defense, and the Rams know it, too.
St. Louis has dropped three straight games, yielding 30 points against Green Bay and 45 against New England in its last two losses before its bye week. The Rams' points allowed average jumped nearly five points to 20th in the league...
NEW YORK (AP) Comments on the St. Louis Rams by the AP Pro32 panel (ranking in parentheses):
Chris Berman (ESPN, 24) - A week off to seriously regroup.
Clifton Brown (Sporting News, 27) - Riding a three-game losing streak, we'll see if a bye in Week 9 helped.
Cris Collinsworth (NBC Sports, 27)
Rich Gannon (CBS SportsSiriusXM NFL Radio, 30) - Not optimistic about Rams chances...
Last week: 21 (+0)
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Yesterday's fantasy conquest (414 yards, four touchdowns, albeit with three interceptions) is fresh in everyone's mind, yet Palmer's figure of 294.4 yards per game is fourth-best in the AFC. Given that Oakland's upcoming schedule features exploitable pass defenses in Baltimore, New Orleans, Cincinnati, Kansas City and Carolina, Palmer...