Rams' Dahl nearing a return

EARTH CITY, Mo. -- St. Louis Rams guard Harvey Dahl hasn't played Oct. 28 against Seattle after suffering a knee injury in that game.

If all goes according to plan and Dahl doesn't have any setbacks this week, he'll return to the fold Sunday against Arizona. Dahl began working his way back into the mix with some limited practices last week but went through the full workout during Wednesday's practice, getting most of the work at his usual spot at right guard.

Dahl's return would come not a moment too soon as the Rams deal with an offensive line in flux. Center Scott Wells suffered a broken left fibula against San Francisco last week and left tackle Jake Long is going through the concussion protocol before he can be cleared to return. Wells probably won't play again this season and Long's status won't be determined until later in the week.

Without Long and Wells against the Niners, the Rams turned to Tim Barnes at center and moved Rodger Saffold out to left tackle with Shelley Smith jumping in at right guard. Dahl's return should at least add a veteran presence and stability to a line that could use it against Arizona's tough front seven. Barnes is almost certain to start at center for Wells.

Here's the full injury report from Wednesday:

Did not participate: Wells, Jake Long, linebacker Daren Bates (concussion), cornerback Brandon McGee (foot)

Limited participation: Defensive end Eugene Sims (neck)

Full participation: Dahl