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Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Rams practice notes: Saffold more involved

By Nick Wagoner

EARTH CITY, Mo. -- It remains to be seen whether or not Rams offensive tackle Rodger Saffold will play in Saturday night’s third preseason game in Denver, but he’s at least taking steps in the right direction.

Saffold suffered a dislocated left shoulder two plays into the preseason opener against Cleveland on Aug. 8 and did not play in last week’s game against Green Bay.

On Tuesday, Saffold returned to practice on a limited basis, working mostly in individual drills. Wednesday, Saffold was more involved, taking part in some of the team drills.

“Rodger was much better,” coach Jeff Fisher said. “It was good to get him out, get him in pads and get him going. We’ll continue to watch him but our expectation is that he’ll be able to play.”

Whether or not Saffold is able to play against the Broncos remains to be seen. The sooner, the better considering Saffold is transitioning to the right side after spending his first three years at left tackle.

Saffold said he was slowly but surely getting the hang of the right side in the spring, but the injury hiccup early in camp clearly hasn’t helped his transition. The more repetitions he can get at his new position between now and the regular season, the better off he’ll be.

Wednesday practice notes: