Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Aaron Rodgers, meet Rams' new secondary
By Mike Sando
Well, that didn't take long.
Test results on Bradley Fletcher's knee injury suffered Wednesday revealed a torn ACL, leaving an already thin secondary defenseless -- with Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers next on the schedule. Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has the info.
Fletcher joins fellow starter Ron Bartell and third corner Jerome Murphy on injured reserve.
The Rams are off this week, but they've got Green Bay, Dallas and New Orleans coming out of their bye week. All three of those teams possess the ability to light up a good secondary.
St. Louis, barring a significant personnel move, heads toward those games with Justin King and Al Harris as potential starters. The newly-signed Rod Hood projects a potential third corner even though he hasn't played in a regular-season game since 2009. He suffered a season-ending knee injury while in camp with Tennessee in 2010.
The Rams have already played significant stretches without top offensive weapons Steven Jackson and Danny Amendola. The injuries in the secondary and looming schedule increase the likelihood St. Louis will fall behind even earlier in games, putting quarterback Sam Bradford at heightened risk as the team plays from behind. The Rams have yet to run an offensive play this season while leading. Bradford, sacked 34 times as a rookie in 2010, has taken 18 sacks and has suffered injuries to his toe and hip over the past two games.
If the Rams' 0-4 start turns into a lost season, owner Stan Kroenke will have to weigh injuries among other factors in setting a course for the franchise beyond this season.