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At the start of the season, the St. Louis Rams were a team that looked to have one of the better starting offensive lines in the league. Over the past few seasons they have signed veterans like guard Harvey Dahl, center Scott Wells, and most recently, former number one overall pick tackle Jake Long. They even moved former starting left tackle Rodger Saffold, who when healthy was solid protecting the blindside, to the right tackle.
Photo by J.B. ForbesFor the Rams line is o-line, it is only as strong as its weakest link. That weak link happens to be fourth year tackle Saffold. The St. Louis Rams took Saffold in the second round in 2010 to complement their newly acquired franchise quarterback Sam Bradford at the time. His rookie year was his best as he earned the nod at left tackle and started all 16 games that season.
Since then Saffold has been marred by injury. From 2011-2012, Saffold played for a combined 19 games, missing 13.The Rams went through a scare in the preseason when Saffold went down to an injury and was held out of the final two games. He returned at the start of the season and played well against the Arizona Cardinals as the o-line did not give up a sack.
In the Rams second game against the Atlanta Falcons, Saffold went down with a knee injury. The replay showed he avoided the defender falling down directly on his knee, but it still led to a MCL sprain.
The Rams have him listed as week-to-week, but if Saffold plans on signing a new contract whether with the team or with someone else, he will need to show that he is not an injury prone athlete.
Bradford has not had a solid and consistent offensive line is all his years playing for the St. Louis Rams. This year is supposed to be the first where he is fully protected and has weapons to go to on the outside. The o-line will be key to the Rams making any noise in the division.
They do not plan on letting Saffold injury be a roadblock to their playoff hopes. The Rams claimed tackle Mike Pearson off waivers and signed veteran tackle Max Starks to a one-year deal. If Saffold want to impress the organization or any other team for that matter, he will need to come back from his injury as soon as possible and show he is not the weakest link on the line.
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The St. Louis Rams realized they would be without offensive tackle Rodger Saffoldearlier this week, according to their official team web site. As soon as it dawned on them, they went out and signed former Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman Max Starks. While St. Louis would obviously much rather have a healthy Saffold available on Sunday’s, Starks adds experience and versatility...
Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray exploded for 175 yards and a touchdown,while the Cowboys finally rediscovered running the ball by having more run plays than passes as they jumped all over the Rams early and kept their foot on the gas.
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It may seem a little odd that these two teams are evenly matched when the Cowboys are looked as a...
Rams running back Isaiah Pead rushed for just 20 yards in relief of an injured Daryl Richardson, but did prove to be a decent receiver with seven catches for 43 yards.Fantasy Spin:The Rams fell way behind and didn't realy get to establish a running game, but Richardson figures to be the starter when healthy. Pead may have helped establish himself as the third-down back.
ST. LOUIS -- While the nifty footwork to keep his feet inbounds was impressive, Tavon Austin's first NFL touchdown reception was more notable for another reason.
When the official raised his arms, Austin simply put down the ball, stood up and made his way back to the sideline. No big deal. No choreographed histrionics, no chest thumping, no leaping into a teammate's arms...
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St. Louis Rams cornerback Cortland Finnegan is the veteran in a young secondary, and he knows that the Dallas Cowboys passing offense will be a good test.
The St. Louis Rams have signed offensive tackle Max Starks, who was cut by San Diego after the preseason.
Tackle Rodger Saffold has a left knee injury that could sideline him for several weeks. He did not practice this week and was ruled out Friday for Sunday's game at Dallas.
The Chargers signed Starks to a free agent deal in the offseason and released him after he surrendered...
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The St Louis Rams come to Arlington for the second time since the stadium opened, with the first game being the most memorable run and game in DeMarco Murray's career. You can break down the memories of such an occasion here from our Xs and Os breakout from that week in 2011.
Or, you can look at the video of the 91-yard run here to remember the biggest run since Tony Dorsett...
That’s T.J. McDonald of the St. Louis Rams laying an absolutely devastating block on the Cowboys’ Kyle Wilber on Sunday. McDonald’s block, which drew a flag, was delivered with enough force to sent Wilber completely airborne.
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St. Louis Rams safety T.J. McDonald absolutely annihilated Dallas Cowboys defensive end Kyle Wilber with a monster block on Sunday.
The Cowboys are winning the battle against the St. Louis Rams in Dallas, but Rams special teams player T.J. McDonald definitely wins his war with the Cowboys Kyle Wilber after he delivering this vicious block.
The last time Demarco Murray faced St Louis, he was a relative unknown. But then he turnstyled the entire Rams defense while shoving Emmitt Smith aside in the Dallas Cowboys record books.
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FINAL SCORE: 31-7
GAME MVP: DeMarco Murray ( 175 yards, 1 TD )
ANALYSIS: The Rams had looked very competitive the first two weeks of the season, and a big part of that was the offensive line's ability to protect Sam Bradford. This week, they allowed 8 QB hits and 6 sacks. They also couldn't find a way to open any holes in the running game. As a...