St. Louis Rams: Scott Wells

EARTH CITY, Mo. -- Like many members of the St. Louis Rams, Sunday's 37-27 loss to the New York Giants was a rough day at the office for center Scott Wells.

Wells and his fellow offensive linemen struggled in pass protection and Wells had the additional problem of a couple of costly high snaps that helped kill a pair of Rams' drives.

On the first one, Wells' high snap to quarterback Shaun Hill threw off the timing of a red zone play that ended in an incompletion. Hill still had receiver Stedman Bailey open on the play just before the end of the first half but missed him. It's possible with a better snap, he might have been able to better set his feet and fire a strike.

In the fourth quarter, the Rams had just gotten the ball back with about two minutes to go following a spectacular blocked field goal by linebacker Daren Bates. On the very next play, Wells' high snap when over Hill's head and Giants end Kerry Wynn recovered at the Rams' 12. Any hope of a miracle was gone.

After the game, Rams coach Jeff Fisher said Wells would need to get the snap issue fixed but also acknowledged Wells is playing through some elbow issues.

"He's been fighting through it," Fisher said.

Wells is a proud veteran and it doesn't surprise me that he's playing through pain at this point in the season. He's to be commended for his toughness but sometimes decisions such as these shouldn't fall to the player.

Let's be real about this. Wells is almost 34, has struggled for most of the season and only has a year remaining on his contract. There's no guarantee he'll even return in 2015.

With all of that in mind, why would it be necessary for Wells to play through an injury that has clearly hampered his ability to do something as fundamental as snapping the ball?

In this space last week, I advocated giving a shot to some younger offensive linemen, particularly one of the centers be it Tim Barnes or Barrett Jones. That was without the knowledge that Wells is working through elbow troubles. Now that we know that, it makes even less sense to keep Barnes and Jones on the bench while asking Wells to tough it out.

Rams healthy heading into Sunday

December, 19, 2014
Dec 19
EARTH CITY, Mo. -- The St. Louis Rams made it through another week of preparation with no setbacks and will head into Sunday's game against the New York Giants with no injury issues of any real concern.

Center Scott Wells and guard Davin Joseph, both of whom missed a practice this week for a veteran's day off, practiced Friday and while still listed on the injury report, there's no doubt that they'll be ready to play on Sunday. Officially, Wells and Joseph are listed as probable against the Giants but since both practiced Friday there's no reason to think they won't play.

Defensive end Chris Long was added to the report Friday when he didn't practice but also not for any serious reason. All three players are listed as probable for Sunday.

Here's Friday's full injury report, such as it is:

Probable: C Scott Wells (not injury related), G Davin Joseph (not injury related), DE Chris Long (not injury related)
EARTH CITY, Mo. -- The St. Louis Rams were back on the practice field Wednesday after an extended break on the heels of playing on Thursday night last week.

The time off apparently served them well as only one player did not participate in Wednesday's workout. Center Scott Wells is also the only Ram to appear on the injury report and he doesn't even really have an injury.

As has been custom in recent weeks, Wells did not practice on Wednesday for what amounts to a veteran's day off. Wells has been following a similar pattern for most of the past month or so and should be fine moving forward the rest of the week.

The Rams have done similar things with guard Davin Joseph on Thursdays.

Barring any setbacks or injuries in practice, the Rams could once again have their full complement of players available Sunday against the New York Giants.
EARTH CITY, Mo. -- There's never a bad time for a team to be so healthy that it has all 53 of its players on the active roster available for practice. But there might not be a better time for it than when that team is scheduled to play on Thursday night.

The St. Louis Rams haven't had much fortune on the injury front in quite some time but they look to be in a good spot going into Thursday night's game against the Arizona Cardinals.

With defensive end Chris Long (ankle) returning to practice Wednesday, the Rams had their full complement of players available. And it looks like all eight of the players listed on the injury report will be ready to go against Arizona.

Long is officially listed as questionable but coach Jeff Fisher expressed optimism that he'd be ready to play against the Cardinals.

In other words, the Rams will have to actually make decisions again this week when it comes to their pregame inactives.

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

Questionable: DE Chris Long (ankle).

Probable: TE Cory Harkey (knee), C Scott Wells (elbow), G Rodger Saffold (shoulder), WR Kenny Britt (not injury related), LB James Laurinaitis (ankle), LB Will Herring (foot), DT Alex Carrington (thigh).
EARTH CITY, Mo. -- It's become something of a Wednesday tradition for the St. Louis Rams to have a lengthy injury report full of players who aren't necessarily hurt but could use a little extra rest.

But the list Wednesday was about half of its recent length with only seven players on it. That's a good sign for the Rams, especially considering a few of them were simply getting what amounts to a veteran's day off.

Defensive end William Hayes, who had a death in his family Saturday night, was not at practice and center Scott Wells also did not practice for non-injury related reasons. Middle linebacker James Laurinaitis is officially listed as ankle injury but he's been sitting Wednesday and returning for the rest of the practices for the past few weeks.

Elsewhere, the Rams got some good news in the secondary as cornerback Marcus Roberson returned from an ankle injury and was listed as a full participant. Fellow rookie cornerback Lamarcus Joyner, who has been out with a groin injury, is not even listed on Wednesday's report.

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

Did not practice: DE William Hayes (not injury related), C Scott Wells (not injury related), LB James Laurinaitis (ankle), G Rodger Saffold (shoulder), DE Chris Long (ankle).

Limited participation: LB Will Herring (foot).

Full participation: CB Marcus Roberson (ankle).
EARTH CITY, Mo. -- Like many people in the St. Louis area right now, the St. Louis Rams have a helpless feeling when it comes to what's going on in nearby Ferguson.

"Well, you know, there’s a bunch of things going on down in Ferguson," guard Rodger Saffold said. "Those are our neighbors and our neighboring community, so our hearts go out to them and our hearts go out to basically everybody who has been affected by it. So we’re just trying to play a game and try to help people watch football and have a good time."

One such opportunity is coming this Sunday when the Rams are scheduled to host the Oakland Raiders at the Edward Jones Dome. Despite rumors to the contrary, the game is expected to go on as scheduled though the Rams have plans to beef up security in and around the stadium.

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AP Photo/Rick ScuteriScott Wells said he's hoping that upcoming Rams games can provide an escape for those having to deal with unrest in Ferguson, Missouri.
That's a direct result of the fallout from the grand jury decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of teenager Michael Brown. That decision has led to unrest in the Ferguson area with buildings burning and businesses being looted. It's all happening less than 15 minutes from Rams Park, where the Rams meet and practice every day.

And although the Rams have been going about their business on the football field, they are quick to point out the events happening in Ferguson should not be ignored.

"You keep a close eye on it," defensive end Chris Long said. "I’d keep a close eye on that situation no matter where it was in America but it happens to be in our backyard. Ferguson is a neighboring community to where a lot of us live and we care a great deal about our community and this country. It’s a big time right now. You just hope something good comes of it. You pray for that community and hope they are able to heal in Ferguson and pray for them and pray everybody can protest peacefully and safely and come out alive."

Yes, what's happening right now goes well beyond the boundaries of a football field. The Rams are well aware of that, as evidenced by the efforts they have made to reach out and help when possible.

Over the summer, the Rams hosted the three Ferguson-area high schools at their training facility. McCluer, McCluer North and McCluer-South Berkeley spent a week practicing at Rams Park and even popped in to a Rams practice to watch for a day during training camp. It was the most spirited practice of the summer as the high school players provided more enthusiasm than the run-of-the-mill training camp workout would normally have.

Long calls that practice the highlight of his camp and noted that he continued following some of the players on social media afterward to keep tabs on how the teams were doing. The Rams also provided free tickets to the teams for a preseason game.

Those were small, simple gestures that went a long way for those kids in a stressful time. Now that those stressful times have resurfaced, the Rams are trying to find more ways to help. They provided more than 2,000 Thanksgiving meals to local families in need earlier this week.

But they also know with the civil unrest still stirring, the best thing they can do is try to become a positive distraction every Sunday.

"I can only go back to when I was a kid and thinking about watching football -- it was a little bit of an escape," center Scott Wells said. "Because when I’m watching the game I wasn’t really thinking about anything else. For that three hours, three and a half hours, I’d like to think it provides a little bit of an escape and hopefully three hours of entertainment."

Earlier this week, Rams coach Jeff Fisher spoke to the team about what's happening in Ferguson, making it clear that staying attuned to what's going on is not only natural but important. He also emphasized that when the time is right, the Rams will do what they can to help out in the community again.

In the meantime, all the Rams can do is try to provide an entertaining diversion.

"The issues at play are 100 times bigger than sports," Long said. "We’re just athletes. If sports can provide a little relief and allow people to kind of come together as a community and watch a game and forget about the tough things that are going on, then I hope that can help out. It would be a big assumption to think that sports can fix everything. But hopefully for three hours it can just kind of help out a little bit."

Rams help feed 2,000 families in need

November, 27, 2014
Nov 27
EARTH CITY, Mo. -- For the 20th consecutive year, the St. Louis Rams provided Thanksgiving meals to families in need in the St. Louis area this week. It's a Turkey Day tradition that has existed since the Rams arrived here in 1995.

Never has it been needed more for a community dealing with more than the economic realities of people who might not otherwise be able to afford all the fixings for a Thanksgiving dinner.

With unrest in Ferguson and around the city, there's not much the Rams or anyone can do to help -- at least not until things settle down. But in doing something they've now done for two decades, the Rams offered food and hope in equal portions Tuesday afternoon.

So it was that every single player in the Rams locker room chipped in to raise a total in excess of $35,000 to buy 2,000 Thanksgiving dinners that they then teamed up with the local chapter of the Urban League to distribute to families in need.

Rams center Scott Wells was among the players to hand deliver the meals Tuesday afternoon.

"I think it just shows that everybody in this locker room has a heart for our community," Wells said. "We're all a pretty tight knit community especially with what's going on right now. And it's important to give back. The people of this community come to our games, support us, buy our merchandise so in essence they are helping put food on our table so it's nice to go back and do the same for them."

Wells and his teammates as well as cheerleaders and mascot Rampage spread out across three area locations to distribute the meals, which each included a turkey as well as sides and everything else needed for a Thanksgiving meal.

Traditionally, the defensive line has taken to going mobile and delivering meals to those who can't get to the Urban League locations to receive the meals but the local unrest prevented them from doing it this year. The Rams did, however, make sure that 50 additional meals were delivered to seniors in North St. Louis who were unable to retrieve the food for themselves.

In being out in a community that is going through a gamut of emotions right now, Wells said he and his teammates could feel the desire of people to share in simple moments. At his location, Wells and his teammates stayed for about an extra hour and a half to pose for pictures and take a moment to chat with the families that came to pick up their food.

"I think the community for sure is wanting to show a sign of unity," Wells said. "All the neighborhoods together. You have all the little pockets around St. Louis and I think everybody is wanting to come together because we know right now that national attention is on this area. They want to see how we're going to respond and move forward. I think the general consensus is that everybody wants to come together and support the St. Louis community. This is just an opportunity for us to do that.

"It's a small gesture but during this time of year, it's getting cold outside, people have a hard time providing for their families and much less providing an extravagant Thanksgiving meal. So for us to be able to raise the money in house here from the players, have 100 percent contribution, is definitely a sign that we are trying to do our part even though it's a small gesture to just give back a little bit."

With things remaining tense in Ferguson for the time being, the Rams won't be able to get back to help out directly right away but they always have their eye on finding other ways to get involved. They did it over the summer when they hosted the three area Ferguson high schools at their training facility for practice and offered free tickets to a preseason game. They plan to explore other avenues when tensions ease.

"It's just such a difficult situation," coach Jeff Fisher said. "We had an opportunity to get involved in August with the three football teams and the organization has done some other things. Hopefully, as soon as things settle down then we'll get back involved. As we talked as a group it's our community, it's their neighbors. Everybody cares deeply about what's going on and hopes things can get settled as soon as possible.”
EARTH CITY, Mo. -- The St. Louis Rams got back to work Wednesday, but as has become custom in recent weeks, they used the week's first practice to get some of their key players some rest.

Among those sitting out Wednesday's practice were defensive end Robert Quinn, center Scott Wells and end Eugene Sims. All three absences were not injury-related. Quinn and Wells watched the workout in what amounts to a veteran's day off.

Linebacker James Laurinaitis (foot) also did not practice Wednesday in what has become something of a Wednesday tradition for him.

Elsewhere, defensive end Chris Long continues to make progress toward a return. He wanted it known that he was practicing Wednesday so much that he yelled in the direction of one reporter to "print that [stuff]." According to Rams coach Jeff Fisher, the Rams have through Monday to activate Long from the injured reserve/designated to return list.

For his part, Long said he wanted to play last week and is hopeful that he'll be able to play against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday. The Rams don't have to rush into a decision just yet and Long pointed out that Fisher will be the one to make the final call, as he did last week.

Here's the full injury report from Wednesday:

Rams-Cardinals: Matchup breakdown

November, 8, 2014
Nov 8
EARTH CITY, Mo. -- A look at three individual matchups to keep an eye on when the St. Louis Rams and Arizona Cardinals meet at 4:05 p.m. ET on Sunday.

Rams tight end Jared Cook vs. Cardinals safety Deone Bucannon

One of the reasons the Cardinals prioritized safety in May's NFL draft was the performance of tight ends against them in 2013. Cook set the tone for that in the 2013 season opener when he torched Arizona to the tune of seven catches for 141 yards and two touchdowns. He would have had three scores if not for an amazing play by Cardinals defensive back Tyrann Mathieu to force a fumble just before Cook crossed the goal line. Regardless, Arizona was one of the worst teams in the league last year defending tight ends which led directly to the selection of Bucannon.

Bucannon has been used primarily in the nickel and dime for the Cardinals but has flashed the potential to help in a variety of ways. He had his first career fumble recovery in Week 8 against Philadelphia and has 39 tackles and two passes defended so far in his rookie season.

Rams defensive end Robert Quinn vs. Cardinals left tackle Jared Veldheer

I know, I know, using Quinn here gets old and repetitive. I did my best to take some time off but with Quinn now rolling (he's posted five sacks in the past three weeks) and Veldheer on the other side, this one has to be mentioned. Much like with Bucannon and tight ends, the Cardinals needed to plug some leaky holes on their offensive line, particularly out on the edge. Quinn made some big plays that essentially stole a win for the Rams in the season opener last year and the Cardinals needed a solution to help against not only Quinn but the rest of the top pass rushers in the NFC West.

Arizona's offensive line has improved in pass protection with the addition of Veldheer and left guard Ted Larsen, giving up just 13 sacks so far this season. That's tied for the sixth fewest sacks allowed in the NFL. Veldheer has only allowed one sack, three quarterback hits and 11 quarterback hurries but Quinn figures to be his toughest test yet.

Rams center Scott Wells vs. Cardinals nose tackle Dan Williams

There's nothing that will jump off the page when looking at this matchup but Williams has quietly been the driving force in the middle of Arizona's dominant defense. Now in his fifth year in the league, Williams has emerged as the run-stuffer in the middle of the line that Arizona hoped it had when it used a first-round pick on him in 2010.

Williams has just 12 tackles and one sack this year but his value can't really be quantified in numbers. He was the central figure in finally breaking Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray's string of 100-yard games and rates as one of Pro Football Focus' best run-stoppers at defensive tackle.

Wells hasn't had the same type of success and has struggled for most of the season, particularly in run blocking situations. He didn't play in the Rams' blowout loss to Arizona last year but he'll need to be on top of his game if the Rams are to get anything going in the run game.
EARTH CITY, Mo. -- An injury list so comprehensive that the St. Louis Rams opted for a walk-through rather than a practice Wednesday showed plenty of improvement Friday as the team prepared to head to San Francisco.

While the 13 players who started on the injury report remain there, many of them took steps forward as the week has gone along. To the point that some players that many presumed might not be available this weekend will be probable for Sunday's game.

Of most pressing urgency, the offensive line and secondary look like they're going to have some of their normal options available. Starting right guard Rodger Saffold (shoulder) and center Scott Wells (elbow) participated fully in Friday's practice and are listed as probable for Sunday. Even backup center Tim Barnes (shoulder) has recovered enough to be considered probable.

In the secondary, the Rams will have more decisions to make with less certainty surrounding their options there. Cornerback Janoris Jenkins (knee) was the only Ram not to practice in some capacity Friday and he's listed as questionable against the Niners. He looks to be the most questionable of all the Rams after not practicing this week. Fellow cornerbacks Trumaine Johnson (knee), Lamarcus Joyner (hip) and Marcus Roberson (ankle) are listed as probable.

At safety, Rodney McLeod (knee) progressed enough to practice on a limited basis but will be one of the decisions that Rams coach Jeff Fisher has to make Sunday. Cody Davis has passed the concussion protocol and is also probable to play.

The other questionable Rams to monitor are defensive tackle Aaron Donald (shoulder) and linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar (toe). Both practiced on a limited basis Friday.

Here's the complete breakdown of Friday's injury report:

Questionable: CB Janoris Jenkins (knee), DT Aaron Donald (shoulder), S Rodney McLeod (knee), LB Jo-Lonn Dunbar (toe).

Probable: DE William Hayes (foot), G Rodger Saffold (shoulder), C Scott Wells (elbow), S Cody Davis (concussion), CB Trumaine Johnson (knee), C Tim Barnes (shoulder), WR Kenny Britt (hip), CB Marcus Roberson (ankle), DB Lamarcus Joyner (hip).

Wounded Rams take it easy Wednesday

October, 29, 2014
Oct 29
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).
EARTH CITY, Mo. -- St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher watched helplessly as five starters departed his team's preseason game against the Cleveland Browns with injuries. He said at the time he'd never been a part of anything like it.

Much to his chagrin, Fisher got to see something else he hadn't seen before in Sunday's loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, when he watched as six key players -- left tackle Jake Long, receiver Brian Quick, guard Rodger Saffold, center Scott Wells and safeties Rodney McLeod and Cody Davis -- depart with various ailments that did not return. Defensive end Williams Hayes was also spotted leaving the locker room on crutches.

“No, it’s not happened to me before," Fisher said. "It was highly unusual, just losing the number of players that we did in the game.”

Fisher offered updates on the status of Long and Quick, both of whom were lost for the season with knee and shoulder injuries, respectively. But from the sound of things, none of the other issues were serious enough to offer an update.

The Rams spent Monday doing additional tests on the rest of the players, including a deeper inspection of Saffold's shoulder and Wells' elbow. Fisher did acknowledge that Davis would go through the concussion protocol after suffering that injury in Sunday's game.

Otherwise, all Fisher would allow is that the Rams will have some players missing practice this week as they prepare for this weekend's trip to San Francisco.

"We’re going to have a number of players that will not be available for practice in the middle of the week, so we’ll just go kind of day-to-day with them," Fisher said.

The Rams also will make some roster adjustments this week, as they will have to replace Long and Quick on the active roster and might have to tweak the practice squad in order to have enough bodies at certain positions for practice.

On a better injury note, Fisher said cornerbacks Trumaine Johnson and Janoris Jenkins might be able to return this week.

“There’s a chance, yeah," Fisher said. "(Johnson) made progress last week. Matter of fact, in the pregame, well before pregame he had a really good workout with (secondary) coach (Chuck) Cecil. So, there’s a chance he could come on back. I think Janoris has a chance as well.”

Rapid Reaction: St. Louis Rams

October, 26, 2014
Oct 26

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A few thoughts on the St. Louis Rams' 34-7 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium:

What it means: The Rams' victory over Seattle last week offered a short respite to forget about all that ails the Rams. But it took only a week for many of those problems to come bubbling to the surface again. The Rams had plenty of chances to jump out to an early lead and make Kansas City work for this one, but instead they reverted to their usual M.O. of self-destruction. Never was that more evident than a second-quarter sequence in which the Rams recovered a fumble at Kansas City's 8 and came away with zero points. The Chiefs scored 34 unanswered points, and that was that. At 2-5 with road trips to San Francisco and Arizona the next two weeks, things such as silly penalties, missed tackles and shoddy pass protection remain at the forefront for this team. Until those things change, the results will remain the same.

Stock watch: Down -- The offense, all of it. After an impressive opening drive, the Rams were wholly ineffective with the ball, with plenty of blame to be spread. Start with ineffective play calling that offered little in the way of creativity or adjustments, then go to an offensive line that was leaking from almost every position to a quarterback who forced a bad interception in the first quarter to receivers failing to create separation. You name it, the Rams did (or didn't do) all of it. All told, the Rams mustered 200 yards of offense, including just 20 in an atrocious third quarter.

Injuries pile up: Speaking of the offensive line, a group that has mostly held up on the injury front finally had the issues that seemed imminent from the start of the season. Guard Rodger Saffold, center Scott Wells and left tackle Jake Long have been injury-prone in the past few years, and it seemed to be a matter of time before it happened again. It happened all at once against Kansas City as Saffold (shoulder), Wells (elbow) and Long (knee) left the game and did not return. Receiver Brian Quick left with an arm injury and also did not come back. The Rams also took major hits at safety, where Rodney McLeod (knee) and Cody Davis (concussion) departed and did not return.

Game ball: Defensive end Robert Quinn. In an ongoing theme this season, there wasn't much to choose from here, but Quinn had his best day of the season, posting back-to-back sacks in the second quarter and forcing an Alex Smith fumble from behind in the opening quarter. After going without a sack in the season's first five games, Quinn has three in the past two weeks and seems to be coming to life.

What's next: The Rams head to San Francisco to take on the 49ers for the second time in four weeks. It will be the second game in a three-game road trip.

Turning point play: Wells botches snap

September, 22, 2014
Sep 22
EARTH CITY, Mo. -- Here's this week's look back at the turning point play from the St. Louis Rams' 34-31 loss to the Dallas Cowboys:

The situation: With 42 seconds left in the first half, the Rams had a 21-7 lead and faced a third-and-1 at the Dallas 44. Quarterback Austin Davis had hit receiver Kenny Britt for a 9-yard gain on the previous play to put the Rams in position to keep their drive alive. The Rams used a timeout after the completion to Britt but still had two remaining.

The play: The Rams lined up in a tight two-by-two formation with Austin Pettis lined up wide right and Stedman Bailey in the right slot. To the left, tight end Jared Cook was in the slot with Britt wide left. Davis lined up in the shotgun with running back Trey Watts set to his right. Before the snap, Davis sends Watts in motion to his right but center Scott Wells appears to snap the ball before Davis is ready. But it didn't matter because somehow Wells started the snap and tried to pull it back before losing the ball. Davis flinches thinking the ball is coming before he's ready but that would've been better than what actually happened.

Wells let go of the ball and it fell softly to the ground. Cowboys defensive tackle Henry Melton recovered at the Dallas 47.

"Obviously, he thought we were under center and brought the ball up and we were in gun," coach Jeff Fisher said. "That’s pretty much all on Scott. Fortunately, we were able to hold them to a field goal.”

The fallout: The Rams were indeed able to hold the Cowboys to a field goal after the aborted play but the repercussions of the mistake were felt well into the second half. Instead of keeping a drive alive and adding either another field goal or a touchdown before the half, Dallas got a 29-yard field goal to cut the Rams' lead to 21-10. The swing of six or possibly 10 points was a big one and the Cowboys continued their surge by opening the second half with a 68-yard touchdown pass to Dez Bryant to continue cutting the Rams' lead. Bryant's touchdown catch and a few other plays could easily have been this week's turning point play, but the turnover on the snap was the first domino to fall as the Cowboys surged back to steal the victory.
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.

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)