EARTH CITY, Mo. -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of St. Louis Rams training camp:
We can get to some of the happenings on the field in Tuesday's practice in a moment but the most important thing to take away from this workout wasn't so much what happened as who was participating. Coach Jeff Fisher alluded to the possibility of key starters Jake Long, Michael Brockers, James Laurinaitis and Rodger Saffold returning this week and all four took a step in that direction to varying degrees. As has been the case recently, Long was the most active of the group as he went through a full practice. All signs point to him playing against the Browns. Brockers was next in line, participating in his share of team drills as he comes off an ankle injury. He took most of the reps in his usual spot with the first team. Saffold did individual work but no team as the Rams bring him along slowly. But he said after practice that he's doing well and the team is simply being cautious. Laurinaitis did some running on the side and Fisher said he hasn't been ruled out for this weekend yet. We'll see where Brockers, Saffold and Laurinaitis are later in the week but there's at least a chance that all four could return. Also, cornerback Janoris Jenkins was back at full speed. He actually returned in practice last week but the Rams didn't want to have him play a game just a couple days after coming back to practice.
Amongst those sitting out Tuesday: linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar, cornerbacks Brandon McGee, E.J. Gaines and Darren Woodard (who did some side work), end Sammy Brown, defensive tackle Matt Conrath, offensive lineman Mike Person, center Demetrius Rhaney and offensive lineman Barrett Jones.
On the field, it was one of the hottest days of camp, perhaps the hottest and the workout was a bit sluggish. The offensive line, in particular, had its share of struggles. If you're looking for an individual standout, here's one from off the radar: cornerback Jarrid Bryant. With a trio of corners on the sideline during practice, Bryant took advantage of his opportunities. The 6-foot-3, 185-pound Bryant had one sequence in which he came up with two interceptions and a pass breakup in a span of about six or seven plays.
Isiah Robertson, one of the Rams' greatest linebackers and a six time Pro Bowler, took in Tuesday's practice.
The Rams have their final open practice of the preseason Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. ET. That coincides with the official end of the training camp portion of the preseason.