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Rams report: After wrapping up Friday workout, Rams are anxious to play for real

2013-09-06T14:33:00Z 2013-09-06T19:07:13Z Rams report: After wrapping up Friday workout, Rams are anxious to play for realBy Joe Lyons jlyons@post-dispatch.com 636-493-9675 stltoday.com
September 06, 2013 2:33 pm  • 

The Rams wrapped up their on-field preparations Friday in Earth City and will now start to get geared up mentally for Sunday.

They host the Arizona Cardinals in West Division showdown at 3:25 p.m. at the Edward Jones Dome.

“Obviously, we're very excited. We still have some things that you do between now and kickoff,'' head coach Jeff Fisher said following Friday's workout at Rams Park. “As far as today is concerned, they're pretty much done. The guys have some individual meetings on their own and we'll have a final walk-through tomorrow.

“They understand that the key to this thing early is going to be our ability to adjust because we won't necessarily be able to necessarily predict what we're going to see.''

Fisher, who has a career mark of 10-7 in opening-day games, said there's a special thrill to that first week of football, especially at home.

“The only thing better than playoff football in the National Football League is opening day and opening weekend,'' he said. And “opening at home is a great opportunity. “There's an advantage to it and our players look forward to it. It's difficult for an opposing offense to communicate when you've got a defensive line like we do and it's loud. It puts a lo of pressure on the defensive line, so we like to keep it as loud as we can for a long as we can.''

INJURY REPORT

The four players who've been on the injury list all week _ tight end Cory Harkey (knee), safety Darian Stewart (thigh) cornerback Quinton Pointer (thigh) and linebacker Jonathan Stewart (hip) _ again sat out practice on Friday and have been ruled out for Sunday.

For Arizona, tight end Rob Housler (ankle) has not practiced all week and has been ruled out. Defensive end Calais Campbell (quad) made his first appearance on the list Friday and is questionable for Sunday.

Wide receiver Andre Roberts (quad) was limited in practice Friday and is probable for Sunday.

The other probables on the list _ cornerback Javier Arenas (hip), running back Andre Ellington (hamstring), tight end D.C Jefferson (knee), long snapper Mike Leach (hamstring), running back Rashard Mendenhall (knee) and defensive tackle Dan Williams (ankle) _ all participated fully in Friday's workout.

Joe is a St. Louis Post-Dispatch sportswriter.

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