St. Louis Rams: Brandon McGee

EARTH CITY, Mo. -- As expected, St. Louis Rams running back Zac Stacy did not practice Thursday night as the team continued preparation for Monday night's matchup against the San Francisco 49ers.

Stacy suffered a calf injury in last week's game against the Philadelphia Eagles and did not finish. Earlier this week, coach Jeff Fisher said Stacy would probably miss practice time but would have a chance to play against the 49ers. Benny Cunningham replaced Stacy against the Eagles.

Elsewhere on the injury report, the Rams had a couple of new additions. Defensive lineman Alex Carrington (knee) did not practice and linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar and defensive end Eugene Sims were limited participants because of groin injuries.

Here's the complete Rams injury report for Thursday:

Did not participate: CB Trumaine Johnson (knee), Stacy (calf), CB Brandon McGee (foot), Carrington (knee)

Limited participation: OL Barrett Jones (back), Dunbar (groin), Sims (groin)
EARTH CITY, Mo. -- The St. Louis Rams were back on the practice field Wednesday afternoon following their week 4 bye week. And they seem to be making at least a little bit of progress on the injury front.

Headlining Wednesday's injury report is receiver Tavon Austin. Austin missed the Dallas game with a knee injury but participated on a limited basis Wednesday. Coach Jeff Fisher said Austin has not been ruled out for this week and the Rams will continue to monitor his progress.

Elsewhere, quarterback Shaun Hill's thigh is now fully healed and he's listed as a full participant in the practice. He will handle backup duties behind Austin Davis this week.

Cornerback Trumaine Johnson (knee), offensive lineman Barrett Jones (back) and cornerback Brandon McGee (foot) also did not practice. Jones appears to be making the most progress of that trio. He did some work in uniform and helmet on the side during Wednesday's practice and Fisher declared him "close" after the workout.

Here's the rundown for Wednesday:

Did not practice: Johnson (knee), Jones (back), McGee (foot)

Limited participation: Austin (knee)

Full participation: Hill (calf/thigh)

Rams QB Hill questionable for Sunday

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EARTH CITY, Mo. -- St. Louis Rams quarterback Shaun Hill was limited in practice for the third day in a row and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys, coach Jeff Fisher said Friday afternoon.

 Hill has been battling a thigh injury since the season opener against the Minnesota Vikings and made progress this week by doing at least a little work in practice but he will once again be considered a game time decision.

Last week, Fisher called Hill a game time decision and the Rams ultimately kept Hill active but only as a third quarterback for emergency situations. It's possible he could fill a similar role this week.

Austin Davis again took nearly all of the repetitions with the first team in practice and would again get the call to start should Hill not be ready to go.

Elsewhere on the injury report, the Rams remain a little banged up at cornerback. Brandon McGee (foot) and Trumaine Johnson (knee) did not practice Friday. Both have been ruled out for this week. On the bright side, Lamarcus Joyner is back in the mix after missing last week with a back ailment. Joyner practiced all week and did not appear on the injury report.

The Rams also tweaked their practice squad a bit by adding cornerback Jemea Thomas and releasing receiver Justin Veltung.

Receiver Tavon Austin (knee) and tight end Cory Harkey (knee) also did not practice for the third day in a row though both did some work on the side. They'll be questionable for Sunday. If that pair can't play, don't be surprised to see receiver Stedman Bailey and tight end Alex Bayer pick up some of the slack.

Left guard Rodger Saffold returned to practice Friday after missing Thursday with an illness.

Here's Friday's complete injury report:

Out: Johnson (knee), OL Barrett Jones (back), McGee (foot)

Questionable: Hill (thigh/calf), Austin (knee), Harkey (knee)

Probable: Wells (not injury related), Saffold (illness)
EARTH CITY, Mo. -- After an early evening Thursday practice, St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher made it clear that a decision on the starting quarterback will again be made before Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys.

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But the decision could be a little more difficult this week with veteran Shaun Hill making progress toward a return from an injured thigh. Hill remains limited on the official injury report but did more Thursday than he did Wednesday. Austin Davis continued to get the vast majority of the work with the first-team offense.

"Shaun was limited today," Fisher said. "He did more, but we're still day to day. It will most likely be a pre-game decision like it was last week."

The Rams worked Hill out before last week's game against Tampa Bay and decided he could be active as a third quarterback capable of taking shotgun snaps in an emergency. He could follow a similar path this week if the Rams decide to go with Davis on game day.

Elsewhere on Thursday's injury report, the Rams did not have guard Rodger Saffold because of an illness and cornerback Brandon McGee was downgraded from limited participation to did not participate because of a foot injury. Center Scott Wells, who did not practice Wednesday, returned to full participation Thursday.

Here's the full breakdown:

Did not participate: WR Tavon Austin (knee), TE Cory Harkey (knee), CB Trumaine Johnson (knee), OL Barrett Jones (back), Saffold (illness), McGee (foot)

Limited participation: Hill (thigh/calf)

Full participation: Wells (not injury related)

Shaun Hill still limited on Wednesday

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EARTH CITY, Mo. -- St. Louis Rams quarterback Shaun Hill was elevated to limited from not participating on the team's injury report last Friday, an apparent sign of progress to his injured thigh.

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Hill appears to be making more progress but did not make enough to do much more in Wednesday's practice. Hill is again listed as a limited participant on Wednesday's official injury report and though he appears to be getting better -- he did much more than he did Friday -- he still did not do any work in 11-on-11 drills.

With Hill still limited to some individual work, Austin Davis took what coach Jeff Fisher estimated to be about 95 percent of the reps with the first team. Backup Case Keenum got the other five percent.

Fisher said Monday that the hope was to get Hill more work Thursday than Wednesday but reiterated after Wednesday's practice that Hill is still day-to-day and the Rams aren't going to rush him back.

"This is about not setting him back," Fisher said. "We don't want to put him in position out there on the field to where we are risking setting him back."

As for new additions and subtractions from last week, center Scott Wells did not practice with what the Rams termed an issue that is not injury related. He did attend the practice, however, while Tim Barnes got work in his place. As expected, tight end Cory Harkey and receiver Tavon Austin did not practice because of the knee injuries suffered against Tampa Bay.

Cornerback Lamarcus Joyner, who did not play against the Bucs because of a back injury, returned to practice and did not appear on the injury report.

Here's the full breakdown of Wednesday's injury report:

Did not participate: CB Trumaine Johnson (knee), OL Barrett Jones (back), Harkey (knee), Austin (knee), Wells (not injury related)

Limited participation: Hill (thigh), CB Brandon McGee (foot)

W2W4: St. Louis Rams

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EARTH CITY, Mo. -- The St. Louis Rams and Minnesota Vikings kick off the regular season Sunday at the Edward Jones Dome. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. ET on regional Fox coverage.

Here are three things to watch for from the Rams' end:

1. How's Hill?: Rams quarterback Shaun Hill started the preseason opener against New Orleans but hasn't started a regular-season game since 2010, or a season-opener since he was with the San Francisco 49ers in 2009. Despite whatever rustiness he'll have to deal with, Hill will not be set up for failure in this offense. The Rams were always going to be a run-first offense and that won't change with Hill in charge. What Hill will be asked to do is take advantage of the opportunities that the run game might open for the pass, pushing the ball down the field on play-action. While he's not known for his arm strength, Hill does have the ability to get the ball down the field. More importantly, the Rams need Hill to manage the game and take care of the ball. If he can do those two things, the Rams should have enough success running and on defense to be in position to open the season with a victory.

2. On the corner: The Rams have one of the youngest secondaries in the league and it's actually possible the starting group will be even younger than originally projected when kickoff arrives Sunday. That's especially true at cornerback, where third-year player Janoris Jenkins is penciled in at one spot. But the Rams could turn to rookies at the spot opposite Jenkins and in the nickel as Trumaine Johnson sits with a knee injury. Lamarcus Joyner is set as the team's primary nickel corner, the role the team drafted him to play back in May. Sixth-round rookie E.J. Gaines and second-year corner Brandon McGee are the top options for the job, with McGee listed as Johnson's backup on the unofficial depth chart. Gaines showed well in the preseason and McGee battled an ankle injury, which could make Gaines the better and more logical fit. But it's asking a lot of any rookie, especially a sixth-rounder, to deal with the likes of Vikings receivers Greg Jennings and Cordarrelle Patterson in his first NFL game.

3. Containing Peterson: This almost goes without saying anytime the Vikings are the opponent, but as running back Adrian Peterson goes, so goes Minnesota. Peterson apparently still harbors some ill feelings toward the Rams from a 2012 meeting between the teams when Peterson didn't like the amount of trash talk the Rams offered early in that game. Peterson went on to rush for 212 yards and a touchdown and went so far as to predict a touchdown run on his first carry in Sunday's game. Whether or not Peterson is able to call his shot remains to be seen, but the Rams have no pretension of believing they can shut down Peterson. Instead, they'll look to slow him down enough to make him earn every yard. If he gets to 100 yards or so, the Rams will be fine with it as long as it comes on 23-plus carries.

W2W4: St. Louis Rams

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EARTH CITY, Mo. -- The St. Louis Rams and Miami Dolphins meet in Week 4 of the preseason Thursday night at Sun Life Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. ET. Here are three things to watch for from the Rams' end:

1. Replacing Johnson: Projected starting cornerback Trumaine Johnson was among the five Rams starters suffering injuries in the first half last week against Cleveland, and though it looked brutal when it happened, it wasn't as bad as feared. Johnson has a sprained MCL in his knee and is expected to miss four to six weeks. That's not good news for a young and thin cornerback group but it's better than what was expected when he left on a cart. But now the Rams must not only figure out the remaining depth at the position, a battle that should include Marcus Roberson, Greg Reid and Darren Woodard, but also who will start opposite Johnson. They'd prefer to keep rookie Lamarcus Joyner as the primary nickelback, leaving rookie E.J. Gaines and Brandon McGee to battle for the spot. McGee has been dealing with an ankle injury and didn't practice Tuesday, which could mean Gaines gets the first shot to step in for Johnson. Either way, it's a good opportunity for all of the young corners to make a statement on where they belong in the pecking order.

2. Time for starters: In each of the other three preseason games, coach Jeff Fisher has been pretty open about how much playing time his starters will get in the week leading up to the game. Not this week. Fisher was noncommittal about how much work his starters will get against the Dolphins other than to say some will play more than others. With some players working back into shape off injury or battling injuries of their own, there's a line between those that need the work and those that don't. Expect linebacker James Laurinaitis to get some work after sitting the first three games with an ankle injury. As for quarterback Shaun Hill, Fisher wouldn't tip his hand. But it wouldn't surprise to see the Rams play it safe with him. Hill took plenty of reps with the first offense in the first week of preseason against New Orleans and it's probably not worth the risk to give him more than some token snaps.

3. Sam vs. Westbrooks: It's been one of the best battle of training camp and though there are others (potential fourth tight end, fourth running back, sixth linebacker, etc.), this is the one that has seen both players rise to the occasion again and again in the preseason. Ethan Westbrooks probably has the edge going into the game, impressing with his work in practice and games and his ability to play all over the line. But Michael Sam has been productive in games, even if practice hasn't been as good. There's still the outside chance the Rams could keep both but this is the last chance for both to make a strong closing statement.
EARTH CITY, Mo. -- The St. Louis Rams were thin at cornerback in last week's preseason opener against the New Orleans Saints, playing without three of their top four at the position.

Without the services of projected starters Janoris Jenkins and Trumaine Johnson as well as key reserve Brandon McGee, it was an all rookie affair for the Rams at cornerback against the Saints. E.J. Gaines played 51 snaps, Marcus Roberson got 42 and Lamarcus Joyner played 33. A few others got a handful of reps but that trio took on the bulk of the work.

That shouldn't be the case Saturday afternoon when the Rams host the Green Bay Packers in their second preseason game. That's because Johnson and McGee have been back at practice all week and Jenkins returned to team drills Thursday after getting some individual work in earlier in the week.

Rams coach Jeff Fisher offered some updates after Thursday's workout.

“(Jenkins) practiced today," Fisher said. "Don’t know what we’ll be doing with him in the game. Trumaine will be back in the game, Brandon McGee will be back, so the younger corners will play later in the game.”

Of the three corners missing time, it was Jenkins who missed the most time after suffering a hamstring injury when contesting a pass thrown to receiver Brian Quick during a drill. Jenkins reached back over his head to try to knock the pass away and apparently suffered the injury when he landed awkwardly.

But after some stops and starts since, including a couple of times when Jenkins tried to sneak on to the field during team drills only to be stopped by Rams staff, he finally got back to work on Thursday and said he felt good doing so.

“I’m doing wonderful,” Jenkins said. “I feel pretty good. Glad to be out there with my teammates, compete, and just have fun.”

Although it's uncertain whether Jenkins will return against the Packers, he's expected to continue practicing and should be ready for next week's game against Cleveland.

Rams Camp Report: Day 13

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EARTH CITY, Mo. -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of St. Louis Rams training camp:
  • The Rams followed a sluggish Monday practice with a physical Tuesday workout with plenty of work on the run game, some big collisions, and even a small skirmish. For the second time in this camp, defensive end Michael Sam found himself exchanging shoves with a teammate, this time offensive tackle Joe Barksdale. During a run blocking drill late in practice, Barksdale blocked Sam to the ground after the whistle. Sam took exception and went after Barksdale. The two were separated quickly.
  • Perhaps more entertaining than that is watching rookie Greg Robinson take part in the run blocking drills. You can tell the big man just feels at home when he gets to move downhill and wipe out a defender. One of the unfortunate souls in his way Tuesday was linebacker Johnny Millard. Robinson buried Millard after a short head start with the sound of impressed teammates serving as the sound track. We haven't really seen Robinson cut it loose yet in part because he's still learning but drills like that should certainly help open things up a bit.
  • Tight end Justice Cunningham is another one who drew some oohs and aahs from his teammates for his blocking in the run drills. Cunningham, working out of a fullback spot, came down hill and dropped the hammer a couple of times. He's battling Alex Bayer for a potential fourth tight end spot. Bayer has the leg up on the receiving side but Cunningham is ahead as a blocker. Should be an interesting battle.
  • Receivers Austin Franklin and Stedman Bailey had strong outings in the one-on-one passing drills. Franklin caught back-to-back touchdowns against Rodney McLeod with some sharp route running. Bailey continues to consistently get open and make plays when the opportunity arises.
  • On the flip side, cornerbacks Brandon McGee and Greg Reid had some impressive pass breakups in seven-on-seven. McGee climbed the ladder on a deep ball to receiver Brian Quick and though it appeared Quick had him beat, McGee stuck with it and jarred the ball loose for an incompletion. He's battled an ankle injury in camp but seems to be rounding back to form.
  • The funniest moment of the day came after the veterans departed practice, leaving only the rookies on the field. Running back Tre Mason ran into the flat where a pass was thrown to him but apparently the sun got in his eyes and it hit Mason in the chest. Problem was, Mason never saw it, so it hit him in the chest and fell to the ground. The miscue brought chuckles from coaches and teammates.
  • CB Janoris Jenkins, CB Darren Woodard, S Matt Daniels, FB Kadeem Jones, LB James Laurinaitis, OL Barrett Jones, OL Brandon Washington, OL Rodger Saffold, DT Michael Brockers and DL William Hayes did not participate in Tuesday's practice.
  • The Rams have an afternoon special teams practice scheduled for Wednesday at 3 p.m. local time. That workout is closed to the public.
EARTH CITY, Mo. -- The St. Louis Rams held their third organized team activity and second session open to the media Friday.

After a heated practice Thursday, things normalized a bit Friday but there were still some worthwhile notes to come from the practice. One quick thing before we get into that, I just want to note that much of what happens in these OTAs should be taken with a grain of salt (especially for the linemen). The players are not in pads and contact must be extremely limited. It's best not to get too excited or too down on anything that happens.

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Jeff Roberson/AP PhotoRams quarterback Sam Bradford throws during an organized team activity at the team's practice facility on Friday.
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Bradford works: As planned, quarterback Sam Bradford did participate in Friday's practice after sitting out Thursday as he works his way back from knee surgery. Bradford worked in a couple of seven-on-seven drills, one in normal offense and one in the red zone. A little more surprising was the fact Bradford took reps with the first offense during full team drills as they worked on the two-minute offense.

For what it's worth, Bradford looked sharp in his reps. His drops were mostly clean and the ball had his usual velocity when he did uncork a pass. Bradford does indeed appear to be right on schedule for a full-time return at training camp.

More line dancing: With left tackle Jake Long not expected to return from his own knee surgery until midway through training camp at the earliest, Rams coach Jeff Fisher has made it clear the team won't be messing with the stability of the other positions on the line. That means rookie Greg Robinson and Rodger Saffold will remain stable at their spots at left and right guard, respectively.

As for Long's spot, the Rams will continue to look at some of their younger developmental prospects. On Thursday, Sean Hooey got an opportunity to work with the projected starting line. On Friday, it was Mike Person's turn to step in. It's increasingly clear how confident the Rams are that Long will be back for the opener.

Elsewhere on the line, center Scott Wells returned to practice as expected. In other words, the Rams are working with four of their five projected starters right now.

Sitting it out: The Rams still have their share of players not participating in OTAs. In addition to Long, the Rams were without defensive ends William Hayes and Sammy Brown, running back Chase Reynolds and safeties Maurice Alexander, Christian Bryant and Matt Daniels.

Bouncing back: Wide receiver Brian Quick had some rough moments in Thursday's practice but was much sharper during Friday's workout. On one play in seven-on-seven drills, Quick ran a sharp route down the seam, faked inside, getting cornerback Brandon McGee to bite, turned to the outside and made a diving catch on an under thrown ball. But Quick had cleared enough space to get up and finish the play for a touchdown.

McGee, who also had some rough moments Thursday, also showed some resilience, coming up with an interception a few plays later after reading the play and getting a good break on the ball.

Both players need to come with more consistency in the next few months to solidify their spots.

Upcoming schedule: The Rams will be back on the practice field for another open OTA session on Tuesday and Thursday next week.
EARTH CITY, Mo. -- With the NFL draft and free agency complete, the St. Louis Rams' 53-man roster will likely come mostly from the players already on the team.

With organized team activities (OTAs) less than a week away, we take a look at where each position stands heading into next week. The next in the series continues today by examining the cornerbacks.

Who returns: Janoris Jenkins, Trumaine Johnson, Brandon McGee, Darren Woodard

Who is new: Lamarcus Joyner, E.J. Gaines, Greg Reid, Jarrid Bryant, Marcus Roberson

Who is gone: Cortland Finnegan, Quinton Pointer

Projected starters: Jenkins, Johnson, Joyner (in nickel package)

Pending competition: The top three corners look to be etched in pretty solid stone with Jenkins, Johnson and Joyner handling the duties in the nickel package. Things will get interesting after that for a fourth and, possibly, fifth corner on the roster. McGee would seem to have an edge for a spot as he comes back for Year 2, but his spot is far from guaranteed with the additions of Gaines, Reid and Roberson. Gaines has the ability to play all three corner positions and could be a sleeper. Roberson is probably the most high profile of the team's undrafted free agents and could also push for a spot. Reid brings intriguing speed and return ability that could make him a keeper if for no other reason than special teams. Woodard was also with the time for much of last season on the practice squad and has some knowledge of the defense. Even Bryant adds some intrigue with his 6-foot-3, 185-pound frame. Regardless, look for a battle between McGee, Woodard, Gaines, Reid, Bryant and Roberson for what will likely be one or two spots.

Outlook: Jenkins and Johnson are the "grizzled" vets of this group, entering their third season in the league. It's time for both to take expanded roles as leaders in the young secondary and, more important, perform with more consistency from week to week. Both have flashed potential and the Rams would love nothing more than for that pair to be the long-term answer on the outside, but they'll have to improve over a 2013 season that was up and down at best. Joyner should be able to help right away and brings the intangibles to one day provide some leadership for this group though he doesn't have much size and will probably be tested as a rookie. Beyond that group, the others provide upside but it must be developed. In many ways, this position is similar to wide receiver where you can see flashes of ability here and there, but so far the productivity hasn't matched the potential. If players such as Jenkins and/or Johnson don't take a step forward in 2014, the Rams could be searching for starting caliber corner in 2015.
The NFL draft is set to begin May 8 and the St. Louis Rams hold 12 picks. For the next week and a half, we'll take a look at a different position every day with what the Rams have in place, what they need, when they might address it and possible fits.

We continue the countdown with a look at this year's crop of cornerbacks.

In place: Janoris Jenkins, Trumaine Johnson, Brandon McGee, Greg Reid

What's needed: Jenkins and Johnson are entering their third years and are penciled in as the starting duo after some rough spots in 2013. But the Rams are clearly confident in the pair after choosing not to pursue a veteran in free agency and cutting the chord with Cortland Finnegan. McGee becomes the incumbent nickel corner almost by default unless the Rams envision making that role a full-time one for safety Rodney McLeod, who handled those duties after Finnegan suffered a season-ending eye injury. Reid is a complete unknown trying to break into football after injuries and off-field issues.

A veteran presence here would have been a wise move but the Rams opted to wait. They seem relatively content with who they have in place and hope that the addition of defensive coordinator Gregg Williams will be enough for the light to go on for Jenkins and Johnson. But there's still an obvious need for depth at least and a starting-caliber corner at most. I'd lean toward the latter with the idea cornerback should be a top priority, if not the top defensive priority, for the team entering the draft.

St. Louis allowed opponents an average of 15.1 yards per on passes thrown 15 or more yards downfield, the worst rate in the NFL last season.

If nothing else, finding a corner who can handle the nickel role right away would be a good investment.

Possible fits: The Rams appear to be aware of their needs at the position, at least based on reported pre-draft visits to Rams Park. That list includes top corners such as Oklahoma State's Justin Gilbert and Michigan State's Darqueze Dennard, both of whom would require the Rams' No. 13 pick if they don't go off the board sooner. TCU's Jason Verrett would be a great fit for the nickel role but is likely to go in the no-man's land between the Rams' 13th selection and their second-round choice. A trade down from 13 could put him in play, however. The same could probably apply to Virginia Tech's Kyle Fuller, though some believe he's the best corner in the draft and worthy of the 13th choice.

The type of corner Williams is looking for remains up for debate. It's widely assumed he wants big, physical press corners so the Rams can be more aggressive in coverage schemes. If that's the case, a player like Dennard fits the bill more than Gilbert, for example. But Williams has proved able to get the most out of any "flavor" of corner as he did last year with Alterraun Verner, who had a great year and doesn't fit as a physical, press corner.

Verdict: The Rams are going to take a cornerback, maybe two, and probably grab one within the draft's first two days. It would not be a surprise to see the team use the No. 13 pick on a Dennard or Gilbert and, failing that, perhaps moving back and grabbing Fuller or Verrett. Barring that, it's a good cornerback class with possible starters available through round three. And with a dozen picks in the draft, don't be surprised if the Rams do what they did in 2012 and double down on the position by adding a potential starter early and depth later.

Tavon Austin misses practice again

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EARTH CITY, Mo. -- St. Louis Rams receiver Tavon Austin missed practice for the second consecutive day because of an ankle injury.

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Austin watched Thursday's practice from the sideline while wearing a walking boot on his injured left foot. On the official injury report, he's listed as "did not participate" once again.

More will be known about Austin's status on Friday, when the team has its final practice of the week before Sunday's game against New Orleans.

Also missing practice for the second day in a row were cornerback Janoris Jenkins (back) and running back Daryl Richardson (thigh). Guard Harvey Dahl (knee) joined that group on the not practicing list.

Cornerback Brandon McGee (foot) returned to practice as a full participant.

Austin sits, Wells to injured reserve

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EARTH CITY, Mo. -- The St. Louis Rams returned to practice Wednesday without their most dynamic offensive weapon.

Two days after Rams coach Jeff Fisher declared rookie receiver Tavon Austin "day to day" with an ankle injury, Wednesday was a no day. No as in no practice as Austin did not participate in the workout.

Austin suffered the ankle injury after a 56-yard run late in Sunday's loss to Arizona. He returned to the game for a punt return but was then pulled for the final four-plus minutes of the game. His status for this week remains up in the air.

Elsewhere on the injury report, the Rams were also without cornerbacks Janoris Jenkins (back) and Brandon McGee (foot) as well as running back Daryl Richardson (thigh).

In related news, the Rams officially placed center Scott Wells on injured reserve Wednesday, ending his season. Wells suffered a broken fibula against San Francisco on Dec. 1. To take his place on the roster, the Rams promoted offensive lineman Brandon Washington from the practice squad.

Linebacker Caleb McSurdy, a seventh-round pick out of Montana in 2012, replaced Washington on the practice squad.

Here's the full injury report from Wednesday:

Did not participate: Austin (ankle), Jenkins (back), McGee (foot), Richardson (thigh)

RB Zac Stacy probable for Sunday

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EARTH CITY, Mo. -- It had been trending this direction all week but barring a setback, the St. Louis Rams will have their trio of concussed players, including running back Zac Stacy, available Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers.

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Stacy, cornerback Trumaine Johnson and left guard Chris Williams practiced fully on Friday and are officially listed as probable on the team's Friday injury report. That group has gone through the necessary steps to be cleared by doctors to return and appears on course to play in San Francisco.

Clearly, having all three key starters available is a positive thing for the Rams, particularly in a game where all hands on deck will be required against the Niners.

While Stacy has been having much success running the ball of late, it's Johnson's likely return that might be the most imperative. That's because the Rams lost Cortland Finnegan to injured reserve because of an eye injury last week and cornerback Brandon McGee suffered a foot injury in Thursday's practice that kept him out Friday and has him designated as questionable for Sunday.

With Johnson's return on track, the Rams would have Johnson, Janoris Jenkins and Quinton Pointer as the only healthy available cornerbacks. Safety Rodney McLeod can also play in the slot and has in sub-packages a number of times this season.

Here's how the rest of the Rams' Friday injury report shapes up:

Questionable: McGee, S T.J. McDonald (shin), G Harvey Dahl (knee)
Probable: Stacy, Johnson, Williams, LB Will Witherspoon (not injury related), DE Eugene Sims (foot)

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