After suffering a high ankle sprain in practice on Thursday, LB Bryan Kehl has been ruled out for the matchup with the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. Kehl, who started in the place of Brady Poppinga in the surprising victory over New Orleans, recorded four tackles and played a key role in helping to limit the high-octane Saints offense. According to the St. Louis Rams twitter page, Poppinga should be able to return from the calf injury that kept him off the field last week:
@StLouisRams: Rams have downgraded LB Bryan Kehl from questionable to out. Sprained ankle. Poppinga expected to go at SLB.
Poppinga, who signed with the Rams in the offseason, has been relatively productive in a starting role this season. He ranks 9th on the team with 20 tackles and has been solid at the point of attack. However, after getting gashed by Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray in a 34-7 loss to the Cowboys two weeks ago, the Rams sharpened up the rushing defense in the victory over New Orleans, limiting the Saints to only 56 yards rushing as a team.