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Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Rams could not make up this nightmare

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

With the St. Louis Rams' bye week arriving mercifully, the team need not worry about adding to its injury list.

Scratch that.

In the latest development suggesting that 2011 could become a lost season for St. Louis, the only remaining starting-caliber cornerback on the roster, Bradley Fletcher, suffered a knee injury during a collision with receiver Mike Sims-Walker in practice Wednesday.

Fletcher will undergo an MRI to assess the severity of the damage. The team has already lost starting cornerback Ron Bartell to a broken neck and No. 3 cornerback Jerome Murphy to a broken ankle. Al Harris, Josh Gordy and the recently signed Rod Hood join Fletcher and fellow starter Justin King as the cornerbacks on the roster.

The Rams' next opponent, Green Bay, knows a thing or two about exploiting defensive secondaries. Subtracting Fletcher, arguably the team's No. 1 corner when everyone was healthy, would spell disaster for the Rams against the Packers, in my view.

Update: Meant to include the passage below as well.

Also from the you-could-not-make-this-up department: Rams defensive coordinator Ken Flajole pulled a groin muscle while administering drills during practice Friday.

"I think he's OK, but I'll be teasing him after," coach Steve Spagnuolo told reporters Wednesday.