Finnegan probably will not need surgery

2014-01-09T03:05:00Z 2014-08-13T07:53:54Z Finnegan probably will not need surgeryBy Jim Thomas jthomas@post-dispatch.com 314-340-8197 stltoday.com

Rams cornerback Cortland Finnegan does not have surgery scheduled at this time for a fractured orbital bone below his left eye. And contrary to initial indications, it looks like Finnegan will not need surgery.

In other words, the fracture will heal on its own. Finnegan’s rehab work is going very well, according to a source close to Finnegan.

Finnegan suffered the injury in the Rams’ Thursday night loss to San Francisco on Sept. 26 at the Edward Jones Dome, although he didn’t disclose the injury until nearly two months later. He missed the next three games, with what was listed as a hamstring injury, then returned to play in the next three games — versus Seattle, Tennessee and Indianapolis.

But the symptoms persisted, including double vision, and Finnegan was placed on the injured-reserve list Nov. 23, the day before the Rams’ 42-21 victory over Chicago.


Defensive tackle Kendall Langford was fined by the NFL for his actions in the team’s 27-9 season-ending loss to Seattle. But not for making contact with an official, an action which resulted in his third-quarter ejection from the contest.

Instead, Langford was fined $7,875 by the league for removing his helmet and slamming it to the ground. That was Langford’s reaction to learning he had been ejected from the game for inadvertently striking back judge Steve Freeman and knocking Freeman’s hat to the ground.

The contact was made when Langford pointed back to the Rams’ defensive huddle; he didn’t know Freeman was behind him.

There were three other fines that came out of that penalty-filled game:

• Rams defensive end Eugene Sims was fined $7,875 for a late hit blocking on a first-quarter punt return.

• Rams running back Chase Reynolds was fined $7,875 for a late hit on a punt return later in the first quarter.

• Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor was fined $7,875 for a late hit on Rams running back Zac Stacy in the first quarter.


The Rams have signed six players, all members of their practice squad at one point in 2013, to their offseason roster: WR Emory Blake, DE Mason Brodine, TE Justice Cunningham, OT Sean Hooey, LB Caleb McSurdy and CB Darren Woodward.

• LB Alec Ogletree and WR and return man Tavon Austin have been named to the Pro Football Focus all-rookie team. Austin was named as a punt returner.

• LB Jabara Williams, a 2011 Rams draft pick who was in training camp with the team last summer, has been signed to Dallas’ offseason roster.

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