7 Rams return to practice, including RB Richardson

2013-09-19T19:03:00Z 2014-01-28T12:18:50Z 7 Rams return to practice, including RB RichardsonBy Jim Thomas jthomas@post-dispatch.com 314-340-8197 stltoday.com

Seven of the 10 players who were listed on the Rams’ Wednesday injury report were full participation during Thursday’s practice. That group was as follows: DE Chris Long (hip), DE William Hayes (hip), DE Eugene Sims (foot), CB Cortland Finnegan (nose), OG Chris Williams (foot), S Darian Stewart (thigh), and RB Daryl Richardson (foot).

All seven of those players were held out of practice Wednesday, and Richardson was in a walking boot.

Not practicing Thursday were OT Rodger Saffold (knee) and TE Mike McNeill (chest). Also, CB Quinton Pointer (thigh) is no longer on the team.

Pointer was waived Thursday to make room for the addition of street free agent OT Max Starks. Pointer was considered healthy at the time of his release, and gets paid for this week since he was on the active roster Wednesday.

Starks, the longtime Pittsburgh Steeler, took part in his first practice as a Ram on Thursday. He said he had some familiarity with the offensive scheme. That fact, plus his nine years of experience in the NFL, may make it easier for him to get on the field quickly in a backup role, perhaps as early as this Sunday in Dallas.

Speaking of Dallas, the Cowboys’ injury report Thursday listed four starters as limited: WR Dez Bryant (back), CB Morris Claiborne (shoulder), DE Anthony Spencer (knee), and DE DeMarcus Ware (neck).

With two games in eight days thanks to next week’s Thursday nighter with San Francisco, the Rams pushed practice back four hours Thursday. As part of coach Jeff Fisher’s plan to keep the team fresh during this stretch, he pushed back practice to let the players sleep in a little later.

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