Monday, November 14, 2011
NFC West running out of cornerbacks
By Mike Sando
Another week, another cornerback injury for the St. Louis Rams.
Al Harris' season-ending knee injury, confirmed Monday by coach Steve Spagnuolo, leaves Josh Gordy, Justin King, Marquis Johnson and Rod Hood as the available corners. King suffered a head injury Sunday, but not necessarily a concussion. That was the word from Spagnuolo, who said King was symptom-free by Monday.
The Rams have another corner, Nate Ness, on their practice squad.
Starters Ron Bartell and Bradley Fletcher are on injured reserve. Jerome Murphy, the projected third corner, is also on IR, as is another replacement corner, Brian Jackson.
Yet another replacement at the position, Tim Atchison, was lost to injury and reached an injury settlement, making him free to sign with any team once he's healthy.
The Rams' depleted secondary heads into Week 11 against a Seattle Seahawks receiving corps with its own injury issues. Sidney Rice and Doug Baldwin suffered concussions Sunday. But with Mike Williams back from injury, Golden Tate contributing Sunday, Ben Obomanu available and Deon Butler coming off the physically unable to perform list, the Seahawks can flood the field with more NFL-caliber receivers than the Rams can defend with NFL-caliber corners.
It's been a rough season for NFC West corners in general. The chart breaks down which ones have been lost for the season.