ST. LOUIS (AP) Center Scott Wells' return after breaking his foot in the season opener figures to strengthen the St. Louis Rams' offensive line at two spots.
Robert Turner has been consistent as the stand-in starter for nine games and could start at left guard this week at Arizona. He's been a take-charge guy from the start, carrying his blocks downfield and usually showing up first after the tackle to keep the pile clean and give his running back a helping hand.
"If I take a guy out of the play, that's one less guy that can jump on him," Turner reasoned. "That's one less guy that rips at the ball; that's one less guy that's going to take a shot at somebody standing around the pile. Simple as that."
Turner's father was one of his coaches on his first team and emphasized that he should "play through the whistle."
"I'm not trying to get dumb penalties. I'm not trying to take illegal shots at guys," Turner said. "But he taught me to be a hard-nosed player and it was just instilled ...