Tre Mason predicted big day ... sort of


ST. LOUIS -- Observed and heard in the locker room after the St. Louis Rams' 52-0 win against the Oakland Raiders:

Mason's proclamations: Before Sunday's game, Rams running back Tre Mason apparently spent some time offering bold predictions and goals for him and his teammates. He told coach Jeff Fisher and other players that he was going to have a big day and the team would put up 50-plus points.

Mason had 164 yards on 17 touches to go with three touchdowns, and the team scored 52 points on its way to a win. But before you ask Mason for the Powerball numbers ...

"That’s not the first time he’s said it, so," Fisher said, laughing. "He’s very confident. He loves to play."

Playing through pain: Two Rams defensive ends played through some difficult personal situations Sunday against the Raiders. Fisher said ends Eugene Sims and William Hayes both lost loved ones during the week and mustered the energy to play through it. Sims did not practice all week to tend to the matter and Hayes' loss was Saturday night.

"Eugene Sims lost a loved one this week, and Will Hayes lost one last night," Fisher said. "You watch the tape and watch those two play ... really, really impressive. Our hearts go out to their families."

Saffold says he's fine: Left guard Rodger Saffold departed Sunday's game in the second half with an apparent shoulder injury. Mike Person replaced him, and Saffold did not return to the game. Saffold, who plans to have shoulder surgery after the season, said after the game he should be OK and be ready to go next week. He followed a similar pattern when he had a similar injury last month.