Saffold Suffers Injury At Practice
Rodger Saffold ((AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Rodger Saffold ((AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Posted Aug 16, 2010
Nate Latsch

EARTH CITY, Mo. — After allowing six sacks in their 28-7 preseason loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Saturday night, the St. Louis Rams did some shuffling along their offensive line during Monday’s practice session.

The Rams’ first-team offensive line had veteran Hank Fraley at left guard, with Jason Brown at center and Adam Goldberg at right guard, which were three changes from Saturday’s starting lineup. On Saturday, the Rams had Goldberg at left guard, Fraley at center and Brown at right guard.

But by the end of the Monday afternoon practice, the team had more to worry about along the line as rookie left tackle Rodger Saffold was hurt and had to leave practice early with the severity of the injury not yet known.

“What I was told is that somebody fell into his back while he was engaged,” Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo said. “It’s a concern. We’ll see what happens.”

The team is expected to get back left guard Jacob Bell, who did some individual practice work on Monday, as soon as Tuesday.

“We’re trying to settle in with the group here,” Spagnuolo said. “We still have Jacob Bell, who did go out and do some individual stuff. … Slowly we’ll work on who the five guys are.”

Once Bell returns to the mix, the Rams will have to shuffle the line around a little more. If Saffold is out for any period of time, they could put Goldberg at left tackle or move right tackle Jason Smith or give second-team left tackle Phil Trautwein more of a look there.

So the Rams went into Monday’s practice with questions about its line and ended the practice with maybe more questions surrounding that group.

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