Same old story: Rams' line depth tested

August, 17, 2008
8/17/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Season-ending injuries to backup guards Mark Setterstrom (knee) and Brandon Gorin (shoulder) leave the Rams even thinner on their offensive line. The team has no immediate plans to sign a free-agent lineman or two, coach Scott Linehan told reporters Sunday.

The Rams weren't necessarily counting on Setterstrom and Gorin this season, but losing them severely impacts depth. Center Brett Romberg has a broken bone in his snapping hand. He did not play in the exhibition game Saturday night, but he could be ready for the regular season. Nick Leckey is starting in his place.

I've updated the Rams' positional glance for the line. Fifth-round rookie Roy Schuening and veteran Adam Goldberg are probably locks at this point, just given sheer numbers.

Offensive linemen (13)
Average number kept on opening-day roster since 2003: 9.2
Locks: Orlando Pace, Jacob Bell, Brett Romberg, Richie Incognito, Alex Barron, Nick Leckey, John Greco
Looking safe: Roy Schuening, Adam Goldberg
On the bubble: Donovan Raiola, Dustin Fry
Also: Julius Wilson, Mark LeVoir
Comment: The Rams started 18 line combinations last season.

Several other Rams suffered injuries. Running back Brian Leonard sprained a shoulder and might miss the next game. Linebacker David Vobora could miss the rest of the preseason with a severely sprained ankle. Quarterback Marc Bulger has a strained shoulder, but the Rams aren't concerned about it, Linehan said. Linebacker Tim McGarigle suffered a toe injury, but he should be available.

Linehan on Bulger possibly seeing doctors: "No, we are not going to. We are just going to see how he feels throwing tomorrow, if he can. It is really not serious, but it hurt enough that he would not have been able to play that next play, so we just used that situation to put Trent (Green) in and leave him in there because it was a preseason game."

The Rams might add a running back, linebacker or safety to their roster, Linehan said.

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