Last season, the St. Louis Rams' high expectations took a hit when the team lost high-profile players to injury in Week 1.
Injuries knocked out starters Sam Bradford, Steven Jackson, Danny Amendola, Ron Bartell, Quintin Mikell and Jason Smith for all or parts of the team's opening-week defeat to Philadelphia. It only got worse from there.
The Rams have new leadership and new hope, but my mind flashed back to early last season when first-round draft choice Michael Brockers fell to the ground in obvious pain Thursday night. The Rams were about one quarter into their final game of the 2012 exhibition season when Brockers exited the game. It was only one injury, but losing a rookie first-round pick for any significant stretch was going to come as a significant disappointment for a team that has endured too many of them.
This is grim news for the Rams in the short term. Brockers could miss the first month of the season. The injury weakens one area where the Rams were determined to improve: their overall stoutness against the run.
We should expect the Rams to consider using their No. 2 order in waiver priority to claim a defensive tackle. The team could also consider trading for one. The Rams need to do something because the depth behind Brockers was already running low once Trevor Laws landed on injured reserve.
The Rams face Detroit, Washington, Chicago and Seattle in September.