St. Louis Rams: LaMarcus Joyner

EARTH CITY, Mo. -- The free-agent market is scheduled to open March 10 and teams may begin negotiations with those poised to hit the market beginning March 7. We'll count down to that with a position-by-position look at what the St. Louis Rams have in place, who is set to hit the market, what they might need and who might fit the bill.

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Under contract: Janoris Jenkins, Trumaine Johnson, Lamarcus Joyner, E.J. Gaines, Marcus Roberson, Brandon McGee

Pending free agents: None.

What's needed: Overall, the Rams simply don't have a lot of pressing, must-get-done-for-the-2015-season needs on defense. But, as we've illustrated with some of the other spots such as linebacker and defensive end, they have some big-picture thinking to do. Perhaps nowhere is that more the case than at cornerback. Jenkins and Johnson are both scheduled to become free agents after the season. They've each had their ups and downs but Jenkins is the one of the pair the Rams are more likely to keep. He's given up his share of big plays but has also made some as well. Johnson has struggled with health and has been somewhat unreliable in total. Gaines was a revelation last year and could legitimately hold down a starting spot for a long time to come. If that happens, the Rams could then move Joyner back into the primary nickel back job. Joyner had some bumps in his rookie season but also flashed promise and still figures prominently into the plans. Roberson also has some potential that the Rams like and might have more of a future than some realize. McGee is hard to call because he was hurt last season and hasn't had many opportunities. The Rams have plenty of bodies here but they're going to need to make a decision soon on who they want to play opposite Gaines in the long-term.

Possible fits: There could be some big names hitting the market, namely the yearly parlor game of landing Darrelle Revis. Green Bay's Tramon Williams, Arizona's Antonio Cromartie, Seattle's Byron Maxwell and Houston's Kareem Jackson also figure to draw plenty of interest. But the Rams aren't likely looking to spend big at the position. If they do want to add a veteran at corner, there's simply not much to choose from that would be better than what's already in place.

Verdict: It's probably not worth adding a cornerback this offseason unless it's one the Rams truly believe could be a long-term solution on the outside. That means they won't take the plunge in free agency unless it's for a big name, high-priced type and that means it probably won't happen via the free-agent route. So if the Rams are to make a move on a top cornerback, it's more likely to happen early in the draft. It's too early to say whether that's genuinely possible but it can't be ruled out at this early stage.

St. Louis Rams rookie review: Week 16

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EARTH CITY, Mo. -- A look at playing time and production of the St. Louis Rams' rookie class in Sunday's 37-27 loss to the New York Giants.

Offensive lineman Greg Robinson, first round, No. 2 overall: Robinson played all 63 offensive snaps and five more on special teams against the Giants. Once again, Robinson had his share of struggles in pass protection with a few good moments in the run game mixed in. Robinson still needs a lot of polish but he's getting plenty of opportunities to get it and that should serve him well long term.

Defensive tackle Aaron Donald, first round, No. 13 overall: The Giants clearly made Donald a priority as Rams coach Jeff Fisher mentioned some of the blocking schemes designed specifically to slow him down. He played 53 snaps, most among defensive linemen, and another eight on special teams. But it was one of his quietest games because of the added attention as he didn't register any statistics on the unofficial pressbox numbers. It was a rough day for all of the Rams defenders with Donald no exception.

Defensive back Lamarcus Joyner, second round, No. 41 overall: Joyner returned to action for the first time in five games and he made his presence felt right away with a big hit on receiver Preston Parker. But that was his only tackle as he played 16 defensive snaps and nine on special teams. He was also heavily involved in the 80-yard touchdown pass to receiver Odell Beckham Jr. on another busted coverage.

Running back Tre Mason, third round, No. 75 overall: Mason had things rolling pretty well but didn't get as many opportunities as you might have expected for a guy who averaged 5.8 yards per carry on 13 attempts. That works out to 76 yards and he added a 10-yard touchdown run while playing 30 snaps. That's tied with Benny Cunningham for most snaps among the team's running backs.

Safety Maurice Alexander, fourth round, No. 110 overall: Alexander played 17 snaps, all on special teams, a place where he seems to have settled in. He did not register any statistics.

CB E.J. Gaines, sixth round, No. 188 overall: It was a tough and scary day at the office for Gaines, who left early with a shoulder injury but returned only to leave later with a concussion and lacerated lip when safety T.J. McDonald accidentally hit him in the head with his knee. Gaines played 42 defensive snaps and four on special teams before departing. In that time, he had three tackles and a pass defended.

C Demetrius Rhaney, seventh round, No. 250 overall: Rhaney is on injured reserve for the season with a knee injury.

Undrafted rookie roundup: Running back Trey Watts played 19 special teams snaps. ... Defensive lineman Ethan Westbrooks, tight end Alex Bayer and cornerback Marcus Roberson were pregame inactives.
EARTH CITY, Mo. -- A look back at the turning point of the St. Louis Rams' 37-27 loss to the New York Giants on Sunday:

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The situation: After falling behind 27-13 midway through the third quarter, the Rams' offense responded with one of its best drives of the season, going 90 yards on 10 plays with quarterback Shaun Hill finding tight end Lance Kendricks for a 23-yard touchdown to trim the Giants' lead to 27-20 with a little less than two minutes to go in the third quarter. With momentum shifted, the Giants started the ensuing drive at their own 20 and failed to gain a yard on either of the first two plays. However, the second play was a pass from quarterback Eli Manning intended for receiver Odell Beckham Jr. Rams cornerback E.J. Gaines nearly picked it off, but was unable to haul it in. Worse, he collided squarely with safety T.J. McDonald's knee and had to be taken off the field on a cart with a concussion and lacerated lip. Fellow rookie Lamarcus Joyner, who hadn't played in five weeks, replaced Gaines. That set up a third-and-10 from the 20 with 55 seconds to go and the Giants leading 27-20. A quick three-and-out and the Rams could have been in business.

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The play: The Giants lined up with Beckham in the slot to Manning's right and fellow receiver Rueben Randle flanking him out wide. Manning was in the shotgun with a back to his left and another receiver split left, leaving the five offensive linemen and a tight end in to protect. The Rams were in their adjusted nickel package with three down linemen, two linebackers, three cornerbacks and three safeties (including hybrid Mark Barron). Joyner lined up over Beckham, but played about 5 yards off with fellow cornerback Trumaine Johnson doing the same on outside receiver Randle. Barron was in the middle of the field, but not much deeper than either cornerback. Just before the snap, Barron bailed out of the run box to drop to about 14 yards deep to provide help over the top. At the snap, Beckham and Randle ran an inside-out pattern with Randle coming underneath in the flat and Beckham taking off vertically to the outside. Joyner takes a step in Beckham's direction but quickly turns his attention to Randle coming over the middle. Johnson also stays with Randle rather than switching to Beckham. Meanwhile, the Rams sent the three linemen, linebacker James Laurinaitis and safety Rodney McLeod after Manning. Without McLeod on the back end, it forced Barron and McDonald to handle the back half of the field. The rush generated some pressure as end Robert Quinn got close to Manning just before he delivered the ball. Just before Manning let it fly, Beckham put a quick double move on Barron, in what was already an unfair matchup, to create the separation.

Manning hit Beckham in stride with nobody within 10 yards of him and Beckham, and he coasted into the end zone for an 80-yard touchdown.

The fallout: Make no mistake, Beckham is a great player and he might have made this play anyway, but this was a classic Rams coverage bust. Nobody would say which of the two cornerbacks was supposed to stay with Beckham, but clearly the design of the defense wasn't to allow Beckham to be one on one with Barron. It would stand to reason that Joyner, who had just entered the game, might have been at fault here, but Johnson wasn't exactly Deion Sanders in his prime in this game either. Either way, this one resulted in a 34-20 Giants lead that they would not relinquish as the Rams dropped to 6-9 on the season.
ST. LOUIS -- Armed with a healthy 53-man roster, the St. Louis Rams have seven pregame inactives who are in good shape and could play if needed. At this stage in the season, it's rare but for a team out of the playoff race, it also means making some tough decisions.

And, in the process, it requires the Rams to leave some young players who could use some experience on the side. On Sunday against the New York Giants, the Rams probably didn't make some observers happy by choosing to leave young offensive linemen Barrett Jones and Brandon Washington on the sidelines, but they did get rookie cornerback Lamarcus Joyner back in the mix.

Some, including yours truly, wouldn't mind seeing some of the young offensive linemen get a few reps here and there to get a better gauge on what they have as they head into the offseason. The Rams need help on the offensive line and with Joseph and right tackle Joe Barksdale set for free agency and Wells with one year left on his deal, now seems like a good time to get some reps.

Perhaps the Rams already have made up their minds on those players or feel they aren't ready, but clearly they aren't going to tweak anything even with the chances of anything meaningful this season already gone.

GIANTS-RAMS INACTIVES

Giants: RB Rashad Jennings, CB Jayron Hosley, OL Adam Gettis, OL Eric Herman, TE Jerome Cunningham, LB James Davidson, DT Dominique Hamilton.

Rams: OL Brandon Washington, TE Alex Bayer, DL Ethan Westbrooks, DL Alex Carrington, CB Marcus Roberson, TE Justice Cunningham, OL Barrett Jones.
EARTH CITY, Mo. -- St. Louis Rams defensive back Lamarcus Joyner has been a healthy scratch for the past few weeks after recovering from a groin injury that had forced him to the sidelines.

When Joyner returned from that injury, though, his spot as the team's primary nickelback had been handed to fellow rookie E.J. Gaines. And with safety Mark Barron more involved in the defense, Joyner has been relegated to the pregame inactive list.

For a player who started 40 of a possible 55 games at Florida State, including all but one during his final three seasons, sitting on the bench has been an adjustment.

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AP Photo/Rick ScuteriLamarcus Joyner was injured at Arizona on Nov. 9. He is healthy now, but is still on the sideline.
"It’s an odd feeling," Joyner said. "We all have setbacks, but I’ve had worse adversity that I’ve had to make it through in my life, so I look back to that -- I fall back to that to help me get through what I’m going through now. But it’s definitely a strange feeling."

Perhaps the strangest part for Joyner is that it's not really something he did or didn't do that has left him on the bench recently. Before the season, the Rams projected Janoris Jenkins and Trumaine Johnson as starters with Joyner, the team's second-round pick in May, as the nickelback.

But Johnson suffered a knee injury in the third preseason game and Jenkins has been slowed by a knee issue of his own. Those ailments created a spot for Gaines, the team's sixth-round pick, to step in and play.

Gaines has been something of a revelation for the Rams with 67 tackles, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries. A strong argument could be made that Gaines is shaping up as one of the draft's biggest bargains.

Upon the return to health of both Johnson and Jenkins, Gaines had already established himself as capable of handling any role while Joyner was battling his groin injury.

"[Gaines is] a guy that whether he’s in the middle, inside, outside, he’s a good cover guy," safety T.J. McDonald said. "Wherever he’s at, he’s a good player."

The Rams have settled in on their defensive backs in recent weeks with Jenkins and Johnson on the outside and Gaines in the nickel. They've also kept all five of their safeties active with Barron, McDonald and Rodney McLeod playing a lot on defense and Maurice Alexander and Cody Davis working on special teams.

Marcus Roberson, St. Louis' third rookie cornerback, also has been a healthy scratch. Although Joyner acknowledged the strange feeling of standing on the sideline not in uniform, he said he's doing what he can to be a good teammate until his turn comes up again.

"I will support my team’s success. We’ve been doing really good as a defense, which makes me happy for the guys that are out there, for the brotherhood, so all I can do is show my support and do the best I can do with whatever I can help with," Joyner said.

In eight games this season, Joyner has 32 tackles with a pair of pass breakups. He'd had his share of struggles but appeared to be coming into his own a bit before suffering the injury early in the Rams' Nov. 9 loss to Arizona.

"I did pretty well," Joyner said. "I had a lot I needed to improve. We all see what’s on TV but when you go in the film room, you see a lot of mistakes and errors that you made."

Whether Joyner will be active for either of the team's final two games remains to be seen, but it's safe to say he still factors into the team's plans moving forward. Jenkins and Johnson are both set to become free agents after the 2015 season and the Rams' level of interest in retaining one or both won't be revealed for a while.

Gaines has done enough to earn a long-term role of his own, but it's possible that his long term future is on the outside, with Joyner handling nickel duties.

"I’ve got a future to look forward to," Joyner said. "I’m going to get better on the field and I’ve got a bright future to look forward to. That’s what I’m going to do."

Rams rookie review: Week 12

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EARTH CITY, Mo. -- A look at playing time and production of the St. Louis Rams' rookie class in Sunday's 27-24 loss against the San Diego Chargers.

OL Greg Robinson, first round, No. 2 overall: It was a rough day for Robinson, who played all 64 offensive snaps and five more on special teams. He struggled in pass protection and picked up a couple of penalties. He was originally called out for a hands to the face penalty that wiped out a touchdown, but replays showed it was on Joe Barksdale. Either way, it certainly wasn't Robinson's best day at the office.

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DT Aaron Donald, first round, No. 13 overall: Another week, another strong performance from Donald. He led all defensive linemen with 48 snaps played and had five more on special teams. He finished with four tackles, a sack, two tackles for loss and a quarterback hit. Donald now has five sacks on the season, first among all rookies, and continues to be one of the team's best players week in and week out.

DB Lamarcus Joyner, second round, No. 41 overall: Joyner did not play because of a groin injury.

RB Tre Mason, third round, No. 75 overall: Mason played half the snaps and got 16 carries for 62 yards to go with a catch that went for a gain of 26 yards. It wasn't a great day for the Rams offense as a whole but Mason had some big gains. With 32 snaps, Mason's playing time actually decreased from last week, as the Rams leaned on Benny Cunningham a little more. Cunningham played 30 snaps on offense.

S Maurice Alexander, fourth round, No. 110 overall: Alexander's role was again limited to special teams, where he played 18 snaps. After coming up with a pair of tackles there last week, he did not register a statistic against the Chargers.

CB E.J. Gaines, sixth round, No. 188 overall: Once again, Gaines was very involved, playing all 63 defensive snaps and five more on special teams. He finished with five tackles but it wasn't one of his better days overall. He was OK at best in coverage and his tackling was up to his usual standards.

C Demetrius Rhaney, seventh round, No. 250 overall: Rhaney is on injured reserve for the season with a knee injury.

Undrafted rookie roundup: Tight end Alex Bayer was active and played 16 snaps on special teams with one more on offense. ... Defensive lineman Ethan Westbrooks played 17 defensive snaps, and running back Trey Watts appeared on 20 special teams plays.

Rams will be without four Sunday

November, 21, 2014
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EARTH CITY, Mo. -- The St. Louis Rams wrapped up their preparations for the San Diego Chargers on Friday and will now head to the West Coast on Friday night.

When it comes time to reveal pregame inactives, the Rams won't have much room for suspense. Four players have already been ruled out. Defensive tackle Alex Carrington (knee), cornerback Lamarcus Joyner (groin), receiver Damian Williams (hamstring) and cornerback Marcus Roberson (ankle) have already been ruled out.

As for defensive end Chris Long, Rams coach Jeff Fisher said it's possible but unlikely that Long will be activated for Sunday's game. More likely, Long will have to wait until next week's game against Oakland.

Here's the full rundown of Friday's injury report:

Out: DT Alex Carrington (knee), CB Lamarcus Joyner (groin), WR Damian Williams (hamstring), CB Marcus Roberson (ankle).

Questionable: TE Cory Harkey (quad), LS Jake McQuaide (back) and TE Jared Cook (back).

Probable: LB James Laurinaitis (foot), LB Daren Bates (groin), OL Davin Joseph (not injury related), LB Will Herring (foot).
EARTH CITY, Mo. -- As the 2014 season reaches its final weeks, the St. Louis Rams are taking a more cautious approach with their injured players with the knowledge that it can help them be more effective on Sundays.

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That's particularly true for Wednesday practices. The Rams listed 10 total players on Wednesday's injury report, nine of whom did not participate in the workout.

Coach Jeff Fisher said allowing for players like linebacker James Laurinaitis (foot) to rest on Wednesday can be helpful by the time Sunday rolls around.

"It's been helping," Fisher said. "James took last Wednesday off and he felt much better at game time. So those kind of things, you have to deal with them all individually."

Many of the players on the injury report were holdovers from a similar designation last Wednesday, but there were a couple of news additions. Tight ends Jared Cook (back) and Cory Harkey (quad) did not practice and guard Davin Joseph also sat out the workout for reasons that were not injury related.

Fisher indicated some of the players on Wednesday's report would be ready to go Thursday. Linebacker Daren Bates (groin) was a full participant.

Elsewhere, end Chris Long continues to make progress toward a return though there's nothing definite yet on when it will happen.

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

Did not participate: WR Damian Williams (hamstring), CB Lamarcus Joyner (groin), TE Cory Harkey (quad), CB Marcus Roberson (ankle), LB Will Herring (foot), LB James Laurinaitis (foot), OG Davin Joseph (coach's decision), TE Jared Cook (back) and DT Alex Carrington (knee).

Full participation: LB Daren Bates (groin).
ST. LOUIS -- Not that there's ever a good week to be without your full complement of players at any position, but the St. Louis Rams will be short on cornerbacks Sunday against the Denver Broncos.

That's especially concerning given that the Broncos come to town with Peyton Manning at quarterback and an array of talented pass catchers who are hard to match anywhere in the league. On the team's pregame inactive list, the Rams are without nickel corner Lamarcus Joyner and cornerback Marcus Roberson. Joyner and Roberson missed practice all week with groin and ankle injuries, respectively.

If there's a silver lining to be found, it's that the Rams will have probably their three best corners available for this one, with Janoris Jenkins, Trumaine Johnson and E.J. Gaines available. With Joyner out, it's safe to expect Gaines to move inside in the nickel, with Johnson and Jenkins on the outside.

When the Rams have to go to further sub packages, they'll likely turn to their three-safety package with Rodney McLeod, T.J. McDonald and Mark Barron on the field together.

Here's the complete list of inactives for Sunday's game:

Rams: DB Lamarcus Joyner, CB Marcus Roberson, LB Daren Bates, WR Damian Williams, OT Brandon Washington, TE Alex Bayer, DT Alex Carrington.

Broncos: WR Cody Latimer, RB Ronnie Hillman, CB Tony Carter, RB Kapri Bibbs, LB Todd Davis, OT Michael Schofield, TE Virgil Green.

James Laurinaitis probable for Sunday

November, 14, 2014
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EARTH CITY, Mo. -- The St. Louis Rams wrapped up their preparations for the Denver Broncos on Friday, and all signs point to linebacker James Laurinaitis being ready to go.

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Laurinaitis missed practice Wednesday, but was back at full speed Friday and is listed as probable for this weekend. Joining him with that designation are linebacker Will Herring and defensive end William Hayes.

Defensive tackle Alex Carrington is questionable, and the Rams will have some questions on the back end with cornerback Marcus Roberson (ankle) listed as out and cornerback Lamarcus Joyner (groin) as doubtful.

Rams coach Jeff Fisher said defensive end Chris Long (ankle) will not be activated this week. He still has plenty of time left in his 21-day window for that to happen.

Here is the complete rundown of Friday's injury report:

Out: CB Roberson (ankle).

Doubtful: CB Joyner (groin), WR Damian Williams (hamstring), LB Daren Bates (groin).

Questionable: DT Carrington (quad).

Probable: LB Laurinaitis (foot), LB Herring (foot), DE Hayes (fibula).

Rams rookie review: Week 10

November, 11, 2014
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EARTH CITY, Mo. -- A look at playing time and production of the St. Louis Rams' rookie class in Sunday's 31-14 loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

OL Greg Robinson, first round, No. 2 overall: Robinson made his second consecutive start at left tackle and, much like the rest of the offensive line, had some bumps along the way. He played all 62 offensive snaps and two more on special teams. Robinson will be fine over the long haul but he's going to have his share of bruises to show for it, especially against a heavy blitzing defense like Arizona's.

DT Aaron Donald, first round, No. 13 overall: Donald finished with three tackled, including another run stop in the backfield, while playing 41 defensive snaps and six more on special teams. He was mostly his usual, disruptive self but didn't have quite as many impact plays as he's had in recent weeks. Still one of the team's most productive defenders.

DB Lamarcus Joyner, second round, No. 41 overall: Joyner's day essentially started and ended with a big missed opportunity. Early in the second quarter, Joyner came free on a blitz with Carson Palmer in his crosshairs. But Joyner not only failed to bring Palmer down but suffered a groin injury on the play. He did not return and managed to play just five snaps on offense and seven on special teams before departing.

RB Tre Mason, third round, No. 75 overall: Mason again started at running back and was also again the primary ballcarrier. He played 38 offensive snaps, most amongst the running backs, and finished with 14 carries for 48 yards, an average of 3.4 yards per attempt. He still misses the occasional seam but against Arizona's stout run defense, he didn't have much room to operate in the first place.

S Maurice Alexander, fourth round, No. 110 overall: Alexander was a pregame inactive against Arizona.

CB E.J. Gaines, sixth round, No. 188 overall: Gaines again started but had an interesting day overall. He had two outstanding pass breakups in the end zone and finished with three passes defended to go with his four tackles and a tackle for loss. He played 64 of a possible 66 defensive snaps and chipped in on 11 more special teams plays. When Joyner departed, he shifted into more of a nickel role, offering the type of versatility that has made him a nice late-round find for the Rams.

C Demetrius Rhaney, seventh round, No. 250 overall: Rhaney is on injured reserve for the season with a knee injury.

Undrafted rookie roundup: Tight end Alex Bayer, cornerback Marcus Roberson, running back Trey Watts and defensive lineman Ethan Westbrooks were pregame inactives.

Rams rookie review: Week 9

November, 4, 2014
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EARTH CITY, Mo. -- A look at the playing time and production of each of the St. Louis Rams' drafted rookies and a quick glimpse at the undrafted rookie class in Sunday's 13-10 win against the San Francisco 49ers.

OL Greg Robinson, first round, No. 2 overall: Making his first start at his long-term position of left tackle, Robinson acquitted himself well while playing all 55 offensive snaps. Robinson had some hiccups while attempting to deal with some of the twists and stunts the Niners like and picked up a holding penalty in the run game but wasn't a weakness and again made an impressive open field tackle.

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Ben Margot/Associated PressTre Mason ran for 65 yards on 19 carries in his first career start.
DT Aaron Donald, first round, No. 13 overall: The superlatives for Donald are running few and far between as he stacks up solid performance after solid performance. He played 47 of a possible 67 defensive snaps, posted his third sack of the season and chipped in two tackles, a quarterback hit, and a tackle for loss. Donald was also disruptive in the middle of the pile on the fumble that sealed the win for the Rams.

DB Lamarcus Joyner, second round, No. 41 overall: Joyner was again solid but also had a couple of miscues including a late penalty and a missed opportunity for an interception. He finished with five tackles and a pass defended while playing 38 defensive snaps and eight more on special teams. With the Rams getting healthier at cornerback, the Rams will have to figure out how to deploy their corners in the coming weeks.

RB Tre Mason, third round, No. 75 overall: Mason made his first official start and got the bulk of the work, playing 38 snaps, most among the running backs. He had some bright spots, including a 21-yard run, and carried 19 times, tied for the most by a Rams back this season, finishing with 65 yards. Coach Jeff Fisher said Mason did well for the most part but missed a couple of openings.

S Maurice Alexander, fourth round, No. 110 overall: Alexander was a pregame inactive against San Francisco.

CB E.J. Gaines, sixth round, No. 188 overall: Gaines continues to start and bounced back from a rough outing in Kansas City to play 62 snaps. His pass breakup deep down the right sideline near the end of the game was a highlight and he finished with six tackles to go with his pass defense. He left the game briefly with cramps but doesn't appear to have any major health issues moving forward.

C Demetrius Rhaney, seventh round, No. 250 overall: Rhaney is on injured reserve for the season with a knee injury.

Undrafted rookie roundup: Marcus Roberson started at cornerback opposite Gaines but was limited to 16 snaps as he's dealing with an ankle injury. He also played 10 snaps on special teams, but his biggest moment came when he left Anquan Boldin wide open for the Niners' lone touchdown. ... Running back Trey Watts played one snap on offense and caught a 6-yard pass for a first down. He also played 19 snaps on special teams. ... Tight end Alex Bayer and defensive lineman Ethan Westbrooks were inactive.

Wounded Rams take it easy Wednesday

October, 29, 2014
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EARTH CITY, Mo. -- With so many injuries and a familiar opponent waiting on Sunday, St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher took it easy on his team Wednesday.

Instead of a normal midweek practice, the Rams went through an hour-long walkthrough before heading inside for a team activity believed to include some yoga.

Rams coach Jeff Fisher said the different approach was taken as a direct result of the team's lengthy injury report.

"I had 13 people on the injury report and I felt like we needed to back down today," Fisher said. "Our focus is having them ready at 1 o'clock on Sunday."

The 13 players on the injury report is in addition to the season-ending losses of left tackle Jake Long and receiver Brian Quick earlier this week.

Fisher said he felt comfortable going with the different Wednesday approach because of the team's familiarity with the 49ers and the short turnaround between games. The Rams and Niners just met on Oct. 13.

"We're familiar with them," Fisher said. "They've had a week off. We've basically had a day off. We're gonna get going tomorrow and go play."

Because the team participated in a walkthrough rather than a practice, it would seem to make filling out an injury report a tricky proposition. Some players can walk but might not have been able to practice.

Fisher explained that league protocol requires the team to estimate how much practice a player would have done had it been a normal practice. The result was a group of eight players listed as not participating and five more listed as limited participation.

"Because you don't practice full speed, you have to estimate had you had a full practice, what would they have done?" Fisher said. "We went ahead and did that and were accurate with that and we'll get some players back tomorrow I'm sure and then more and more players back on Friday."

Here's the team's full Wednesday injury report:

Did not participate: DE William Hayes (foot), G Rodger Saffold (shoulder), CB Janoris Jenkins (knee), DT Aaron Donald (shoulder), S Rodney McLeod (knee), LB Jo-Lonn Dunbar (toe), C Scott Wells (elbow) and S Cody Davis (concussion).

Limited participation: CB Trumaine Johnson (knee), C Tim Barnes (shoulder), WR Kenny Britt (hip), CB Marcus Roberson (ankle), CB Lamarcus Joyner (hip).

St. Louis Rams rookie review: Week 8

October, 29, 2014
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EARTH CITY, Mo. -- A look at the playing time and production of each of the St. Louis Rams' drafted rookies and a quick glimpse at the undrafted rookie class in Sunday's 34-7 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

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OL Greg Robinson, first round, No. 2 overall: Robinson got his third straight start at left guard but didn't finish the day there. He moved to his long-term position at left tackle when Jake Long departed with a knee injury. Robinson was one of just three Rams to play all 52 snaps, splitting time between tackle and guard. He had some rough moments at tackle, as you'd expect in his first appearance there, but will have to learn on the go now as the job will be his for the rest of the season and beyond if he handles it well. His most impressive play of the day was running down Chiefs safety Ron Parker after an early interception and making the tackle.

DT Aaron Donald, first round, No. 13 overall: Donald continues to be one of the team's few consistent bright spots every week. He played 40 snaps in this one and posted a tackle for loss and forced a fumble that the Rams recovered deep in Kansas City territory. Rams coaches had him down for three quarterback pressures as well.

DB Lamarcus Joyner, second round, No. 41 overall: Joyner continued his upward trajectory with another solid outing against the Chiefs, though it came with a few hiccups. He played 35 defensive snaps, including some at free safety after injuries to Rodney McLeod and Cody Davis. Joyner led the team with 10 tackles, including two for loss. Aside from getting beat for a third-down conversion early in the game, Joyner was solid again and has now put together three pretty solid performances in a row.

RB Tre Mason, third round, No. 75 overall: Mason didn't get the opportunities some thought he would after a strong effort against Seattle, as he was on the field for just 18 snaps. He did get the most carries among backs with seven for 32 yards. He also had a catch for 1 yard.

S Maurice Alexander, fourth round, No. 110 overall: Alexander was a pregame inactive against Kansas City.

CB E.J. Gaines, sixth round, No. 188 overall: Gaines had a tough day at the office while playing 65 of a possible 66 defensive snaps. Although he finished with eight tackles, including one for loss, he also picked up a pair of penalties (though the personal foul was questionable at best) and missed a golden opportunity to recover a fumble early in the game.

C Demetrius Rhaney, seventh round, No. 250 overall: Rhaney is on injured reserve for the season with a knee injury.

Undrafted rookie roundup: Marcus Roberson made his first start at cornerback, playing 65 snaps and making four tackles. He didn't have any glaring mistakes and seemed to acquit himself well in place of an injured Janoris Jenkins. ... Trey Watts played 17 snaps on special teams. ... Tight end Alex Bayer and defensive end Ethan Westbrooks were inactive.

Rams rookie review: Week 7

October, 21, 2014
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EARTH CITY, Mo. -- A look at playing time and production of each of the St. Louis Rams' drafted rookies and a quick glimpse at the undrafted rookie class in Sunday's 28-26 win against the Seattle Seahawks.

OL Greg Robinson, first round, No. 2 overall: In his second NFL start, Robinson was every bit as solid as he was in his first. He played all 49 offensive snaps and five more on special teams and was particularly effective in the run game. He's at his best when pulling and on the move and has been fine in pass protection.

DT Aaron Donald, first round, No. 13 overall: Donald has been even better than Robinson and perhaps the team's most consistent defensive player the past two weeks. He earned my game ball for Sunday with five tackles, three for loss, a sack and two quarterback hits on 51 defensive snaps as he dominated Seattle guard James Carpenter. Donald has quietly nudged his way into the conversation for Defensive Rookie of the Year.

DB Lamarcus Joyner, second round, No. 41 overall: Joyner played 43 snaps on defense and nine more on special teams in what was one of his busiest days yet. Joyner didn't have any plays that really stood out either way, which isn't necessarily a bad thing when you play his position. He finished with seven tackles, which was second most on the team.

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Scott Kane/USA TODAY SportsFourth-round pick Tre Mason had the most action of his young NFL career on Sunday, rushing for 85 yards and his first-ever touchdown.
RB Tre Mason, third round, No. 75 overall: Mason has begun staking a claim to the starting job, leading the team's backs in snaps (26) and carries (18) against Seattle. Despite a near disastrous late fumble, Mason was mostly effective, rushing for 85 yards and his first NFL touchdown. At the very least, he's positioned himself for more work moving forward.

S Maurice Alexander, fourth round, No. 110 overall: Alexander was a pregame inactive against Seattle.

CB E.J. Gaines, sixth round, No. 188 overall: Gaines played all 71 defensive snaps and seven more on special teams. It wasn't his best day in coverage, with the usual array of ups and downs, but he finished with six tackles, a quarterback hit and a pass defensed.

C Demetrius Rhaney, seventh round, No. 250 overall: Rhaney is on injured reserve for the season with a knee injury.

Undrafted rookie roundup: Cornerback Marcus Roberson got his first extended opportunity on defense, playing 13 snaps there in place of an injured Janoris Jenkins. Roberson finished with a tackle and also played seven snaps on special teams. ... Defensive lineman Ethan Westbrooks was inactive after a hand injury kept him out of practice most of last week. ... Running back Trey Watts played 18 snaps on special teams, and tight end Alex Bayer chipped in 14 more in a similar role.

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