EARTH CITY, Mo. -- While the Jacksonville Jaguars lost prized No. 2 overall pick Luke Joeckel for the season because of a broken ankle, the St. Louis Rams had much better luck on the injury front Sunday.
Rams coach Jeff Fisher said the Rams came through the game relatively clean and instead of dealing with any new injuries, his team is more likely to get some key pieces back.
"Injury-wise, we got through the game pretty much without incident, which is good," Fisher said. "Which means that the guys who didn't play are healing up and we've got a chance to get a couple guys back this week."
The Rams' inactive list had four injured players on it against the Jaguars, including cornerback Cortland Finnegan (thigh), defensive tackle Matt Conrath (concussion), end William Hayes (knee) and tackle Rodger Saffold (knee). Aside from Saffold, it's possible the Rams could get the other three back in the mix this week.
Finnegan and Hayes were listed as doubtful on Friday's injury report and to nobody's surprise did not play against Jacksonville. Getting either or both back would be a boost for a defense that lacked its usual depth. While Finnegan has struggled this season, the Rams had to do some major tweaking to the secondary without him.
Getting Hayes back would be even more important. He's the team's best run defending end and with Houston's potent rushing attack up next, the timing would be ideal to get him back in the mix.