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Monday, November 11, 2013
Rams' bye week plan is to get healthy

By Nick Wagoner

EARTH CITY, Mo. -- The St. Louis Rams enter this week's bye with an opportunity to come out of it with some key players back in the mix and some young players more prepared to contribute. At least, that's how things are laid out for the upcoming week according to coach Jeff Fisher.

As many teams do on their bye week, the Rams will practice this week. That's a plan that's been in place since well before Sunday's 38-8 thrashing of the Indianapolis Colts. So the Rams will hold workouts Wednesday and Thursday before Fisher gives them the CBA-mandated four consecutive off days Friday through Monday.

Of course, this week's practices will take on a little different tenor than the normal preparation of a game week.

"It's a big week for us," Fisher said. "We're going to rest some people, keep them off the field and work some of the younger players and just do some different things."

The idea is simple: get as many of the team's injured players as healthy as possible, rest as many of the veterans as possible and steal some extra repetitions for younger players who might not get that work during a normal practice week.

Starting with the injured players, Fisher said there's a chance that a few of them could be back to work sooner than later. Tight end Lance Kendricks didn't play against Indianapolis because of a fractured finger but Fisher indicated he is likely to practice this week albeit with a cast.

Safety T.J. McDonald is still in the process of working his way back from a fractured leg and Fisher said he had a good pregame workout Sunday. As the team's injured reserve/designated to return player, McDonald doesn't have to begin practicing right away after the six weeks are up but he theoretically could if cleared to go.

Guard Harvey Dahl is still nursing an MCL injury but Fisher said he's "coming on." It's unlikely he'll be able to practice this week but Dahl's is also making progress toward a return.