Rams Wednesday Notebook

Steven Jackson (AP/Ben Margot)

ST. LOUIS — What is St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson thankful for?

"I'm thankful for one, being able to have the possibility of winning the division, the NFC West," Jackson said following Wednesday's practice. "I'm very thankful for that."

He's not alone in thinking that way this week as the Rams (4-6) have now lost two straight games but remain just one game behind the NFC West-leading Seattle Seahawks (5-5) and one game ahead of the San Francisco 49ers (3-7) and Arizona Cardinals (3-7).

"We're still in the thick of it, and that's the way we're going to look at it," St. Louis coach Steve Spagnuolo told reporters on Monday. "We're going to focus on the prize we set out to accomplish at the beginning of the year, the NFC West."

To continue to be in the mix, the Rams are going to have to solve their road woes as they go on the road for the next three games: at Denver (3-7), at Arizona (3-7) and at New Orleans (7-3).


The Rams receiving corps could get a boost this week with the return of rookie Danario Alexander, who has missed the last three games after suffering a minor knee injury.

"I feel ready to go," Alexander said. "I had a great practice today, everything felt good, so I'll be ready to play Sunday."

Alexander made an impact in his debut against the Chargers when he caught four passes for 72 yards and a touchdown in a 20-17 win. The next week, in a loss at Tampa Bay, he caught just one pass for six yards.

"He looked good today, he was flying around today," quarterback Sam Bradford said.


One of the Rams only injury concerns going into Wednesday's practice was rookie left tackle Rodger Saffold (shoulder), but the second-round pick was able to get his work in and expects to play on Sunday at Denver.

"I thought I was going to be limited today," Saffold said. "Individual went well and then I just said, go ahead and do it. We have a short day tomorrow so most of the work we're going to get this week was going to be from practice today. So that's what I wanted to do. I wanted to make sure that I had practice in today so I would be ready come Sunday."

The next challenge for the rookie from the University of Indiana will be taking on Turkey Day dinner on Thursday.

"I have to make sure I don't eat two or three turkeys," Saffold said.


Denver Broncos wide receiver Brandon Lloyd spoke with local reporters on a conference call on Wednesday afternoon.

"I think the Rams are on the right track with what they are doing on the defensive side," he said. "They've got the right athletes in there. Once things start clicking for them, I think they're going to be a really, really good defense. I think that the corners, the scheme, their defensive ends, they all work together and they create a lot of plays."

Lloyd singled out Rams safety Oshiomogho Atogwe.

"I think he's phenomenal," the wide receiver said. "I think the plays that he's been able to make over the past couple seasons — interceptions, forced fumbles — he's phenomenal."

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