Rodger Saffold (shoulder) sidelined

Updated: August 9, 2013, 6:08 PM ET
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ST. LOUIS -- Rams right tackle Rodger Saffold may miss up to two weeks after dislocating his left shoulder in the preseason opener at Cleveland.

Coach Jeff Fisher said Friday that Saffold was sore and tests were still ongoing.

"He'll miss some time and a preseason game or two, but I think we'll have him back here in a couple of weeks," he said. "It dislocated, came out the back. We got it right back in place. He's very sore. There's some swelling and pain and he'll have to work through that and restrengthen it. We want to make sure the integrity of the joint is OK, and based on all indications, it is. We're lucky."

Saffold left the game on the second play of the Rams' first offensive series during Thursday night's 27-19 loss to the Browns. Saffold made the switch to the right side of the line this season after the Rams signed four-time Pro Bowler Jake Long from Miami in the offseason to play left tackle.

As Saffold is learning a new position, Fisher said he did not think this injury will halt his progress.

"You know, he's really had a good camp and he's doing well out there," Fisher said. "A lot of it is footwork, you know, a lot of it is understanding what takes place in the meeting room. It's going to be a setback but I don't think it's going to hurt him."

Joe Barksdale came in to replace Saffold. Fisher said he was pleased with the performance of the three-year pro out of LSU.

"He did fine," Fisher said. "Joe played a couple of games last year and he did well. You know, Joe lines up against some good defensive ends in practice here every day. He got on the field and did well. He knew what to do."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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