When it comes to Rams cornerbacks, Justin King is the last man standing. He's the only Rams corner left on the active roster who was with the team in training camp. And he's the only Rams corner remaining on the active roster who played for the team last season.
But whether King is standing on the Edward Jones Dome turf Sunday against Seattle became an issue Thursday when he suffered an ankle injury midway through practice.
"Just kind of tweaked his ankle a little bit," Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo said. "Hopefully, we're not on anything tragic."
King was held out of the rest of practice as a precautionary measure. The Rams' athletic training staff taped a bag of ice to King's left ankle almost immediately, and King had the ankle wrapped in the locker room after practice.
"Going for a ball, I came down on a receiver's foot," King said. "It's not bad. I'll be fine."
King had just been cleared for full-contact work after suffering a mild concussion at the end of last Sunday's 13-12 victory in Cleveland.
To borrow Spagnuolo's term, what has happened to the Rams' cornerback corps this season is "tragic." On Monday, Al Harris became the ninth Rams corner to go on the injured reserve list, following a knee injury against the Browns.
"Nine? God, that's ridiculous," Seattle quarterback Tarvaris Jackson said. "I didn't know that. That's crazy. It's my first time ever seeing it, nine guys at one position on IR. I know that's got to be rough having guys coming in."
If King can't play against Seattle because of the ankle, the Rams would be down to Josh Gordy, Rod Hood, Marquis Johnson and Nate Ness at cornerback.
Left tackle Rodger Saffold suffered what was termed a mild concussion against Cleveland, but like King has been cleared to play Sunday and was listed for full participation in practice Thursday.
Saffold said he rattled his head on three plays against Cleveland. He shook off the first two, but when the third one occurred early in the second half Saffold couldn't hear anything temporarily and decided to tell the trainers.
"As soon as it happened, I was really frustrated," he said. "You never want to sit out a game, especially one where it's a one-point game, close, back-and-forth all day long."
In fact, after the team's athletic training staff took him into the locker room for further examination and observation, Saffold tried to sneak away and get back on the field and into the game.
"I tried to wait until they were going to the bathroom," Saffold said. "They caught me in the tunnel."
Saffold was symptom-free Monday and made it through the required testing process, which has allowed him to get back on the field this week.
It's a sellout
Sunday's Rams-Seahawks game has met NFL sellout requirements and will be televised locally on KTVI (Channel 2). Kickoff is 3:05 p.m. at the Edward Jones Dome.
Rams wide receiver Brandon Lloyd helped make the sellout happen. During the lockout he worked as an account manager for the Denver-based Re-Steel Supply Co., which does a lot of business with the aerospace industry, including Boeing.
As part of Military Appreciation Day on Sunday at the dome, Re-Steel Supply provided 1,000 tickets to military personnel and their families for the game. Lloyd personally presented the 1,000 tickets to USO representatives in a ceremony Thursday night at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.
"I think it's awesome," Lloyd said. "I always feel like our military guys, they're the real superheroes when it comes to us living over here carefree. Those guys doing all that work (overseas), and then they're coming home, they should be able to get some stuff and get some perks that come along with defending our nation."
Lloyd's nephew, Nathan Colclough, is deployed in Iraq with the Army. His brother, Andrae Lloyd, is a retired Air Force master sergeant.
As part of Military Appreciation Day, Boeing also provided 1,000 tickets to USO of Missouri, as well as making 2,000 discounted tickets available to military members and their families.