It’s not as if coach Jeff Fisher will give any hugs or standing ovations to the regular NFL officiating crew that works Sunday’s Rams-Seahawks game, but he’s as happy as anyone to see the labor dispute/lockout settled.
"Very excited that both sides could get together and get it worked out," Fisher said after the Rams completed Thursday’s practice. "I’m kind of interested in hearing the details. . . .But I’m glad that we’ll have our regular guys doing all our games."
The Rams have been assigned referee Mike Carey’s crew for the Seattle game, a noon kickoff at the Edward Jones Dome. Carey enters his 23rd season as an NFL official.
***JACKSON SITS AGAIN
RB Steven Jackson sat out Thursday’s practice, as he phrased it, to "maximize" the time between games to get his injured groin healthier. Jackson said he hopes to practice Friday; he’s expected to start against the Seahawks.
Other than the return of defensive end Eugene Sims, who was sent home Wednesday with flu-like symptoms, the Rams’ injury report was unchanged Thursday. Offensive tackle Wayne Hunter, with both ankle and knee ailments, was limited. So was defensive tackle Michael Brockers (ankle).
Not practicing Thursday were: DT Matt Conrath (knee), S Matt Daniels (hamstring), and OT Rodger Saffold (knee).
***RAMS CLAIM OT
The Rams have claimed offensive tackle Joe Barksdale off waivers from Oakland, the team announced Thursday. Barksdale, 6-5, 329, was a third-round draft pick out of Louisiana State in 2011 by the Raiders. He appeared in 16 games, with no starts, as a rookie last season. He was on the Raiders' pregame inactive list all three games this season and was released to make room for veteran DE Andre Carter on the roster.
Offensive tackle Ty Nsekhe, who got into a brief but heated scuffle with defensive end Eugene Sims in practice Thursday _ complete with several thrown punches _ was released by the Rams to make room for Barksdale.
*** GAME ON TV
Sunday’s game will be televised locally (KTVI, Channel 2). Since Stan Kroenke took over as controlling owner in 2010, every Rams home game has been televised locally. The last blackout was in ’09.