Rams Notebook: Brockers hurt; status unclear

2012-08-31T01:10:00Z 2012-08-31T13:56:16Z Rams Notebook: Brockers hurt; status unclearBY JIM THOMAS • jthomas@post-dispatch.com > 314-340-8197 stltoday.com

The Rams have been fortunate when it comes to injuries this preseason and training camp. But they received a scare at the end of the first quarter of Thursday night’s preseason finale against Baltimore when first-round draft pick Michael Brockers limped off the field with a right ankle injury.

After the game, coach Jeff Fisher would only say, "It’s a lower leg injury, and I’ll have an injury report for you at the end of the week."

Brockers took an X-ray on site at the Edward Jones Dome, and Fisher said the ankle will undergo an MRI exam today. Brockers left the locker room Thursday night wearing a walking boot on his right foot, so his status is very much up in the air for the Sept. 9 season opener in Detroit.

The defensive tackle from Louisiana State was cut block below the knees by a Raven while in pursuit of Baltimore running back Bernard Pierce down the line of scrimmage. Brockers did not return.

With Trevor Laws already on injured reserve because of knee problems, and Darnell Scott on the mend from knee surgery, the Rams are on the thin side at the position. The top backups are Jermelle Cudjo and Matt Conrath, and Conrath left Thursday’s game with an injury that Fisher declined to disclose.


Harvey Dahl was sidelined once again with an infection, so Robert Turner started at right guard in his place. The Rams’ starting offensive line against Baltimore consisted of Scott Wells at center, Barry Richardson and Rodger Saffold at tackle, and Turner and Quinn Ojinnaka at guard. Newly acquired tackle Wayne Hunter, who came to the Rams from the Jets in the Jason Smith trade, saw action with the second unit at right tackle against Baltimore.

Other scratches for the Rams: safety Darian Stewart (hamstring), defensive end Eugene Sims (ankle), defensive tackle Darell Scott (knee) and tight end Lance Kendricks (coach’s decision).


Running back Chase Reynolds may not make the final roster, but he finished the preseason secure in the knowledge that he did all he could. Last Saturday in Dallas, he caught one pass for 22 yards and carried four times for 19 yards, including a 4-yard touchdown run.

Against Baltimore, Reynolds carried eight times for 48 yards. He appeared destined to score another touchdown, but was ruled to have fumbled on the Baltimore 1-yard line after a successful replay challenge by Ravens coach John Harbaugh with 2 minutes 6 seconds left to play.

The play never should have been challenged because the referee’s whistle blew — which ends the play — before the ball came out.

"It did (blow), but you’ve still got to leave no doubt about it," Reynolds said. "You’ve got to hold onto the ball and that was a mistake."

Reynolds, who was on the Rams’ practice squad for about half of last season, now must sweat out today’s final cuts.

"I think I played as hard as I could and I left it all out there," he said. "So in the end that’s all you can ask for. So whatever happens, that’s the way it’s supposed to go."


Rookie place-kicker Greg Zuerlein missed from 62 yards Thursday, but he made his other five field-goal attempts during the preseason. Only one of his five successful kicks was from less than 52 yards, including a 59-yarder against Baltimore.

Truth be told, Zuerlein didn’t like either kick Thursday. He said he hit the ground slightly on the 62-yard miss and struck the 59-yard successful kick with his toe.

"Really, two bad kicks," Zuerlein said. "Not the greatest day of field goals for me."

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