Rodger Saffold Injury: Rams OT's knee problems could persist through bye week

Roger Saffold suffered a third degree MCL sprain in Week 2's 31-28 win over the Washington Redskins. He could return to save the day for Sam Bradford some time after the Rams' Week 9 bye.

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Rams' Saffold returns to practice on Tuesday

St. Louis Rams left tackle Rodger Saffold participated in team drills for the first time since injuring his right knee in Week 2.

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Saffold, Wells could return as soon as Week 10

The St. Louis Rams' new-look offensive line has been sidelined for most of the season with injuries. Now Rodger Saffold and Scott Wells look close to actually playing together.

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Rodger Saffold could be a couple weeks away

Saffold won't be back this week, but could return after the Rams' bye next week.

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Rodger Saffold Injury: Rams LT Questionable Vs. Redskins

The St. Louis Rams have listed left tackle Rodger Saffold as "questionable" heading into Sunday's game against the Washington Redskins, according to STLToday.com.

Saffold suffered a strained neck in last week's game against the Detroit Lions when he became entangled with safety John Wending and fell awkwardly. The tackle was carted off the field for precautionary reasons but reported movement in his arms and legs shortly afterward. A CT scan revealed he had a strained neck.

Sam Bradford was sacked four times in the loss to the Lions and that concern will be prevalent once again against the Redskins. The Rams quarterback was sacked seven times in last season's game against Washington, a 17-10 loss in the fourth week of the season.

The Rams face the Redskins this Sunday in the first home game of the season for St. Louis, with optimism building after a good performance by Jeff Fisher's team on the road against Detroit in the season opener.

For more news and information on the Rams, read Turf Show Times. For the latest on the Redskins, check out Hogs Haven. For everything NFL-related, check out SB Nation's NFL Hub.

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Rodger Saffold Injury Complicates Sam Bradford's Development, St. Louis Rams' Passing Game

The St. Louis Rams have not had a good offensive line at any point in 2012, even before that gruesome Rodger Saffold injury. They haven't had one before they traded Jason Smith for the seemingly even-worse Wayne Hunter; they didn't have one before they realized Scott Wells would spend a month and a half on the injured reserve. And they most certainly do not have one after that gruesome Rodger Saffold injury.

Now we know that Saffold's injury isn't as bad as first feared; he's moving, for one thing, and he could return this season, although the Rams aren't exactly certain about that yet. But this certainly complicates the Rams' offensive development this year—specifically as it relates to Sam Bradford, their shellshocked third-year quarterback.

Bradford actually played his best football, last Sunday, after Saffold and Wells were both knocked out. But if the Rams were hoping to give him more time in the pocket than he's had over the last few years, losing two of their most important linemen for big chunks of the season could force them to simplify their playbook.

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Rodger Saffold Injury: St. Louis Rams OT Removed From Field After Apparent Neck Injury

The St. Louis Rams scored their first offensive touchdown of the afternoon on a beautiful fourth-quarter pass from Sam Bradford to Brandon Gibson, but that could be less important than what happened at the same time—the Rams appeared to lose OT Rodger Saffold to a neck injury on this bizarre play:

Nobody's sure yet as to quite what happened, but Saffold did not leave the field under his own power—he was put on a cart and taken off, delaying the point-after. We'll be sure to update this story as we know more, but right now it seems like the Rams have lost their second offensive lineman of the day, after free-agent center Scott Wells left early with a foot injury.

It is, of course, always worth noting at this point that football teams are less likely than ever to take head and neck injuries lightly—as worrying as the immediate aftermath of this play looked, it could just be that the Rams are being cautious with Saffold, as they would with any player who suffered something like this.

Update: Early reports suggest Saffold suffered a neck injury, but has feeling in his extremities. So far it seems like good news out of the Rams locker room.

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