Salas officially has a broken tibula, and the team expects to place him on the injured reserve within the next 24 hours. Here's what Spagnuolo told Nick Wagoner from the team's website:
Somebody fell on him. The guy who was tackling him got underneath. Similar, when I say similar I mean a freak thing; you know Danny’s (Amendola) way back, he puts his arm down to brace himself and his elbow goes out. I’m not so sure there was anything Greg could do about that. The guy tackled him and fell on his leg.
It's just one of those unfortunate, unpredictable injuries that happens sometimes given the nature of the sport. Salas, 23, finishes the year with 27 catches for 264 yards in 6 games. The wide receiver out of Hawaii never scored a touchdown. Salas was the Rams' fourth-round pick this year, drafted 112th overall.
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The St. Louis Rams may have just lost their second slot receiver—Greg Salas left their Week 9 nailbiter against the Arizona Cardinals with an apparent leg injury after catching his seventh ball of the day from Sam Bradford. Salas, a fifth-round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft from Hawaii, had just emerged as an adequate replacement for Danny Amendola after an extremely slow start to the season. After holding his leg on the field Salas was carted off with an air-cast on, looking especially glum—this could be a serious injury for a Rams offense that couldn’t really take another.
With Salas gone, fourth-rounder Austin Pettis, heretofore confined to special teams, will likely take his place, while a bigger share of the offense will go to Brandon Gibson and Brandon Lloyd.
The Rams had already lost second-round pick Lance Kendricks in the first half, to another leg injury. If both injuries are serious it looks like we’ll see just how deep this maligned Rams receiver corps can be.