ST. LOUIS — The Rams got some good news Thursday with the return of cornerback Janoris Jenkins to the practice field after dealing with a recent hamstring injury and may have escaped injury to rookie offensive lineman Demetrius Rhaney.
Rhaney, one of the Rams’ seventh-round picks, was injured while blocking during a field goal session late in practice and had to be taken off the field on a cart. But Rams coach Jeff Fisher
said after practice that the injury wasn’t as serious as it may have looked at first.
“All indications right now are preliminary that Demetrius is going to be OK, which is encouraging,” Fisher said. “We’ll have to do an MRI but it looks like the interior of the knee is good, so that’s good news.”
Rhaney has been working as the Rams’ third-string center recently, behind Scott Wells
and Tim Barnes
, because Barrett Jones
is still out with an undisclosed injury. After Rhaney went down on Thursday, the Rams used Mike Person
as the third-string center.
• Fisher said that left tackle Jake Long
would not make his preseason debut on Saturday against the Packers.
“I’m going to wait another week for Jake,” he said. “Jake’s doing a great job out here, but we’re going to wait another week for Jake and that’ll be the case with a couple other guys.
• Defensive tackle Kendall Langford
and running back Isaiah Pead
got some good work at practice. Offensive lineman Rodger Saffold
and defensive end William Hayes
both remain out with injuries but did get some work on the side.
• Among the players who remained out of action because of injuries were middle linebacker James Laurinaitis
, defensive tackle Michael Brockers
, offensive linemen Jones and Brandon Washington
, safety Matt Daniels
, cornerback Darren Woodard
and fullback Kadeem Jones
• Fisher announced that quarterback Sam Bradford
would play at least one quarter on Saturday against Green Bay.
“Well, we’re going to play him a quarter maybe a little bit more and (look) for him to continue doing the same things he’s doing out here, push the ball down the field,” Fisher said. “It’s an opportunity to work against someone else and work with our receivers that he’s been working very well with right now. ”
Bradford had some nice throws during 11-on-11 work on Thursday, including a toss down the seam to Lance Kendricks
and a strong throw to Brian Quick
along the right sideline. He also had an overthrown ball that Rodney McLeod
• Wide receiver Emory Blake
’s father, former NFL quarterback Jeff Blake
, was among the onlookers on Thursday. The younger Blake had one of the highlights of the day when he hauled in a touchdown pass while being double-covered.
• Backup quarterback Shaun Hill
had nice connections with Stedman Bailey
and newly signed tight end Brad Smelley
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