Friday, November 8, 2013
Rams' Lance Kendricks doubtful this week
By Nick Wagoner
EARTH CITY, Mo. -- As expected, it looks like the St. Louis Rams will be without tight end Lance Kendricks on Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts.
Kendricks suffered a fractured finger against Tennessee last week and coach Jeff Fisher indicated Monday that he could miss some time. Technically, there's at least a little bit of hope for Kendricks, who is listed as doubtful on the injury report.
But Kendricks didn't participate in practice all week and it looks like he'll get this week and next with the Rams on the bye to recover.
Assuming Kendricks doesn't play, the Rams will turn to Mike McNeill to fill in. The Rams have regularly used two and three tight end sets in the past few weeks so the loss of Kendricks is not helpful.
McNeill said he's ready to go.
“Mike’s a solid player," quarterback Kellen Clemens said. "He’s a solid player. He’s good in the pass game. He’s surprisingly good in the run game even though he is a little bit lighter-bodied than maybe Lance is. He’ll step up. Lance Kendricks, those are big shoes to fill, but Mike will step up in a big way for us and we look forward to having him.”
Quarterback Brady Quinn is also listed as doubtful with a hip injury and guard Harvey Dahl (knee) is out this week.
In better injury news, running back Zac Stacy (foot) is probable after he did more in practice each day this week, including a full practice Friday. Linebacker James Laurinaitis left Friday's workout early with an apparent hip issue but Fisher said he'll be fine and he is also listed as probable.
Here's the full injury report:
Doubtful: Brady Quinn, Kendricks
Probable: Laurinaitis, Stacy
Notables for the Colts: cornerbacks Josh Gordy (groin) and Greg Toler (groin) are out this week. Nose tackle Josh Chapman (knee) and safety Delano Howell (neck) are also out Sunday.
Running back Trent Richardson (ankle) is listed as questionable.