Injury hits Rams while they're down

October, 6, 2008
10/06/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

The Rams' plans on offense might have to change now that the team is placing Randy McMichael on injured reserve. McMichael's injury was more serious than anticipated. He has a torn ligament in addition to the broken tibia, coach Jim Haslett told reporters today.

Haslett on McMichael: "He's got a torn or high sprain. He's got a torn ligament, which is the biggest concern. The bone, it will heal, but we're more concerned with the torn ligament, which will take a little bit more time."

Offensive coordinator Al Saunders has installed an offense that relies heavily on tight ends. The team expected McMichael to exceed his 39-catch total from last season. Joe Klopfenstein, Anthony Becht and Daniel Fells, newly signed from the Bucs' practice squad, comprise the position heading into Week 6.

Haslett on Fells: "He's a big body, a guy that can play fullback, can play tight end. He's got good hands, runs pretty good routes. We talked to the Tampa Bay people after we signed him and they really liked him and they didn't want to lose him. They were actually paying him the full amount of money to try and keep him, but obviously having an opportunity to get a credited season and get on the field kind of swayed him here a little bit."

Klopfenstein becomes the starter. The Rams drafted Klopfenstein with a second-round choice in 2006. The decision has not panned out. The Rams should know by season's end what kind of future Klopfenstein has with the team.

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