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Friday, October 18, 2013
Finnegan gets some limited work

By Nick Wagoner

EARTH CITY, Mo. -- St. Louis Rams cornerback Cortland Finnegan hadn't played or practiced since suffering a thigh (hamstring) injury on Sept. 26 against San Francisco. Until Friday.

While it's a long shot the Rams will get Finnegan back this week against Carolina -- he's listed as doubtful -- he offered his first sign of progress toward that end by practicing on a limited basis Friday.

Still, any sign of progress is good for Finnegan and the Rams. Despite his early season struggles, the Rams have been short-handed in the secondary in his absence, forced to reconfigure the defensive backfield with safety Rodney McLeod moving into the slot in nickel packages and Matt Giordano stepping into McLeod's safety spot.

With a long week looming before the Monday night matchup with Seattle, it's possible Finnegan could be in better position to return next week assuming he doesn't play against the Panthers.

The only other Rams not to practice Friday were safety Darian Stewart and running back Benny Cunningham (ankle). Coach Jeff Fisher said Stewart missed the practice because of an illness.

Cunningham has been ruled out this week and the Rams will have to make an adjustment at kick returner. Tavon Austin and/or Isaiah Pead appear to be in line to handle those duties.

Here's the full rundown from Friday's injury report:

Out: Cunningham (ankle)
Doubtful: Finnegan (thigh)
Probable: RB Zac Stacy (chest), LB Daren Bates (hip), DE Chris Long (thigh), Stewart (illness)

Of note for Carolina, defensive tackle Dwan Edwards (hamstring) is doubtful and cornerback D.J. Moore (knee) is out. Tight end Greg Olsen (foot) is probable.