St. Louis Rams: Quinton Pointer

RB Richardson returns, Long limited

September, 12, 2013
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EARTH CITY, Mo. -- Rams running back Daryl Richardson returned to practice Thursday on a limited basis after missing Wednesday's practice with a foot injury.

Defensive end Chris Long joined Richardson in the limited category on the team's injury report with what is listed as a hip injury.

Richardson struggled with a foot issue during last week's game against Arizona though he returned to the game and finished it. He sat out Wednesday but came back and got a fairly large amount of work during the practice.

Asked how the foot felt Thursday afternoon, Richardson said it was "great."

"I feel real good," Richardson said. "It ain't nothing a cold tub can't take care of. I feel real good."

Long hadn't practiced much in the final couple of weeks of the preseason but he was fine in the buildup to last week's game and practiced fully on Wednesday.

Elsewhere on the injury report, the Rams listed tight end Cory Harkey (knee) as full participation for the second consecutive day. He seems to be on track to make his return this weekend against Atlanta.

Cornerback Quinton Pointer (thigh) was downgraded from limited participation Wednesday to a non-participant Thursday. Safety Darian Stewart (thigh) did not participate once again.

Rams injury report:

Did not participate: S Darian Stewart (thigh), CB Quinton Pointer (thigh)
Limited participation: DE Chris Long (hip), RB Daryl Richardson (foot)
Full participation: TE Cory Harkey (knee)

Falcons injury report:

Did not participate: WR Roddy White (ankle), DT Jonathan Babineaux (knee), OT Sam Baker (knee)
Limited participation: WR Julio Jones (knee), CB Asante Samuel (thigh), LB Sean Weatherspoon (knee)
Full participation: S Thomas DeCoud (knee), DT Peria Jerry (knee), DE Cliff Matthews (neck)

Richardson misses Wednesday practice

September, 11, 2013
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EARTH CITY, Mo. -- St. Louis Rams running back Daryl Richardson didn't practice Wednesday because of a foot injury, according to the team's injury report.

Richardson appeared to tweak his left foot midway through Sunday's game against Arizona and Rams trainers evaluated him on the sideline. He did return to finish the game, though.

Asked about Richardson on Wednesday, Rams coach Jeff Fisher said he expected his starting running back to return to the mix in short order.

"Oh, yeah, he'll practice tomorrow," Fisher said. "He just needed some rest."

Elsewhere on the injury report, the Rams got some good news with the return of tight end Cory Harkey. Harkey had been out since the third preseason game against Denver with a knee injury. He was listed as a full participant on the injury report.

Safety Darian Stewart did not practice and cornerback Quinton Pointer was limited as both continue to deal with thigh injuries.

For Atlanta, the injury report looks like this:

DNP: DT Jonathan Babineaux (knee), OT Sam Baker (knee), WR Julio Jones (knee), WR Roddy White (ankle).

Limited: S Thomas DeCoud (knee), DT Peria Jerry (knee), DE Cliff Matthews (neck), CB Asante Samuel (thigh), LB Sean Weatherspoon (knee)

No surprises on Rams' inactive list

September, 8, 2013
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ST. LOUIS -- We already knew four of the names that would appear on the St. Louis Rams' inactive list Sunday, but none of the three others that appeared came as much of a surprise.

Safety Darian Stewart (thigh), cornerback Quinton Pointer (thigh), linebacker Jonathan Stewart (hip), and tight end Cory Harkey (leg) were ruled out Friday because of their injuries.

On Sunday, the Rams added offensive linemen Barrett Jones and Brandon Washington, and defensive end Gerald Rivers to the list.

Without Jones and Washington, the Rams have three active backups for the offensive line including tackle Joe Barksdale, guard Shelley Smith, and center/guard Tim Barnes.

Rivers' absence leaves the Rams with William Hayes and Eugene Sims as backups at defensive end.

Four injured Rams to sit Sunday

September, 6, 2013
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EARTH CITY, Mo. -- The St. Louis Rams made no changes to their injury report Friday afternoon save for the ones required by the league.

In what came as no surprise, the Rams ruled the four players who have not practiced all week and didn't go again Friday out for Sunday's game against Arizona.

Those four players are safety Darian Stewart (thigh), cornerback Quinton Pointer (thigh), linebacker Jonathan Stewart (hip) and tight end Cory Harkey (leg). Of the group, only Darian Stewart had projected as a starter entering camp.

Rodney McLeod replaced Stewart after he suffered the injury against Green Bay in the second preseason game and hasn't looked back. He's expected to start in Stewart's place alongside rookie T.J. McDonald.

Pointer's injury leaves Trumaine Johnson and Brandon McGee as healthy backups at corner while Stewart's leaves the Rams with just undrafted rookies Daren Bates and Ray Ray Armstrong behind the starting trio. Without Harkey, the Rams have Jared Cook, Lance Kendricks and Mike McNeill available for game day at tight end.
EARTH CITY, Mo. -- Unlike most of their NFC West division brethren, the Rams made it out of the preseason in relatively good shape in terms of injuries.

After watching Seattle and San Francisco lose receiver Percy Harvin and Michael Crabtree, respectively, and Arizona guard Jonathan Cooper's season ending knee injury, the Rams have to feel pretty good about their lot on the injury front.

That luck can turn at a moment's notice, but for now the Rams don't have any of their major contributors dealing with any ailments.

Thursday's injury report looked the same as it did Wednesday from a Rams' perspective.

Tight end Cory Harkey (leg), safety Darian Stewart (thigh), cornerback Quinton Pointer (thigh) and linebacker Jonathan Stewart (hip) did not practice for the second consecutive day. Also worth noting, Harkey walked around on the sidelines without the use of crutches.

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