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Fisher expects CB Johnson to play

10/4/2013

EARTH CITY, Mo. -- St. Louis Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson didn't practice Friday but did manage to get a little history lesson.

Johnson, who has been ill, didn't participate in any of the team's four practices this week, leaving the Rams short on bodies at cornerback. But coach Jeff Fisher said he thinks Johnson should be able to go Sunday against Jacksonville.

"He'll be OK," Fisher said. "The challenge for him in particular if he goes is he started feeling poorly over the weekend, so he really hasn't done much from a physical standpoint since last Thursday."

Johnson's absence combined with his illness could make him a bit sluggish when required to chase Jaguars receivers. In offering a bit of levity to the situation, Fisher provided an example for Johnson to try to follow in a conversation after Friday's practice.

"As I just mentioned to him, Walter Payton set a single-season rushing record with 104 temperature against the Vikings," Fisher said.

Pause. Wait for the punchline ...

"The question is, does he know who Walter Payton is?"

Johnson is listed as questionable on Friday's injury report. The Rams will need Johnson to be ready to go this week given the other injuries that have hit them at the position. Cornerback Cortland Finnegan (thigh) missed all of the practice as well and is listed as doubtful. Rookie Brandon McGee (thigh) did more work and is considered probable.

Here's the complete rundown from Friday's injury report:

Out: OT Rodger Saffold (knee)

Doubtful: Finnegan, DE William Hayes (knee)

Questionable: Johnson, DT Matt Conrath (concussion)

Probable: McGee, LB Will Witherspoon (thigh)