Rams’ offensive tackle Rodger Saffold has returned to practice on a limited
basis after suffering a dislocated left shoulder in the Rams’ preseason opener,
according to ESPN.com's Nick Wagoner Saffold was seen participating in
individual drills Tuesday, and became even more involved in practice Wednesday
when the young tackle was seen during a few of the Rams’ team drills as well. It
is still unknown whether Saffold will be cleared to play in their next
preseason game in Denver, though the coaches will likely play it safe.
become a key contributor on the Rams offensive line since his arrival. Though
he was apparently involved in some offseason drama regarding the organizations
offseason acquisition of left tackle Jake Long, he has since remained quiet on
the subject. Now, Saffold is at least giving the appearance of being content
with his transition to the right side, even if it is just for the time being.
offensive line continuity will be imperative to their success this season as they
watched their all-time career rushing leader Steven Jackson depart via free
agency. As a result, they will likely install a running-back-by-committee approach
with second-year backs Daryl Richardson and Isaiah Pead sharing the workload.
St. Louis also brought in a plethora of receiving options for their franchise
quarterback, Sam Bradford. With all of the change on offense, allowing Bradford
time in the pocket will be key for the Rams to compete in the rugged NFC West.
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