Ryan Hoping To Be Back Friday

Clifton Ryan

Thursday was a big step for Rams defensive tackle Clifton Ryan. He didn't practice, but was at least on the field for the first time in three weeks since being hospitalized the night of Sept. 16 with a severe migraine headache.

He did attend practice on Friday that week, but didn't make the trip with the team to Oakland. Since then, while Ryan has been working out and running, he hadn't even watched a practice. That changed Wednesday, and Ryan was confident he will be on the practice field Friday.

"So far, so good," Ryan said in the locker room after practice. "I'm practicing tomorrow and hope to play Sunday. But I'm feeling 100 percent better."

Ryan said he has had migraines off and on since he was 18 years old, but hadn't experienced one like the one this year in the last eight years.

Virtually no details have been provided regarding what he has been doing the last few weeks, and Ryan didn't want to go into specifics. He did acknowledge seeing numerous doctors, some in St. Louis and some out of town. He also made sure to thank the Rams' organization for their patience.

"It was scary at times," he said. "But everyone was 100 percent behind me. I'm very thankful for all the prayers and good wishes sent to me."

He also came to appreciate even more the privilege of playing in the NFL. Noting that he had played 49 consecutive games, Ryan said, "Being away for (almost) a month makes you appreciate what you have. It's humbling. When you have something taken away from you, every emotion goes through your body. It puts everything into perspective."

Without revealing if he's taking any medication or what treatment is being given, Ryan said, "We've got it very manageable and I don't plan to miss any more time."

It's probably unlikely that he will play this week with only one day of practice, but he is anxious to get back on the field – whenever that is.

He said, "If I'm out there for one play, I'll be grateful."

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