Alexander Close To Returning

ST. LOUIS — The Rams saw a familiar face back out at practice on Wednesday as rookie wide receiver Danario Alexander returned to the practice field after a knee procedure a few weeks ago.

"It actually felt pretty good out there," Alexander said. "I just have to get used to running routes and stuff like that. I've been out for three weeks so it was kind of rusty but everything's coming along."

Alexander made his debut in week six and caught four passes for 72 yards and a touchdown in a 20-17 win against the Chargers. But in the days following the week seven loss at Tampa Bay — he caught one pass for six yards — he tweaked his left knee in practice.

It turned out to be relatively minor setback compared to his previous four surgeries on the same knee —three for ligament damage and one for cartilage damage.

It is still up in the air whether the former University of Missouri standout will return to the field for Sunday's game against the visiting Atlanta Falcons.

"I feel pretty close," Alexander said. "I have two more days of practice to see how it goes and if everything goes well I'll be playing this week."

Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo said after practice that it was "nice to see him out there," but said the team will proceed cautiously with Alexander.

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The Falcons have two former Missouri players on their defense in second-year safety William Moore and rookie linebacker Sean Weatherspoon.

"It's going to be great," Alexander said. "That's why I'm shooting for the game. I want to play against my former teammates. It's going to be a pretty big deal for Mizzou."

Moore, a second-round pick in 2009, leads the team with three interceptions and has recorded 35 tackles, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

"He's done a very good job for us, and he continues to get better each and every week that he goes out there," Falcons coach Mike Smith told reporters during a conference call on Wednesday. "But he's almost like a rookie because he did not play at all last year."

Weatherspoon, a first-round pick this spring, has missed the last four games with a knee injury but could return this week. The 22-year-old linebacker has 32 tackles and one sack in four games this season.

"We've missed Sean," Smith said. "He started out playing very effectively for us. Earned the starting job as our Sam linebacker and also playing in our sub package, so he was a three down player until he unfortunately was injured in the Cleveland Browns game. We're certainly hoping that he's getting close, and we're going to get him out there and see how he does on the practice field today, but I think it's going to be a decision that's going to be made later in the week."

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