10.02.2009 3:10 pm
Boller will start at QB vs. *****; CB Bartell might be out
By Bill Coats
St. Louis Post-Dispatch


It’ll be Boller, not Bulger; possibly King, not Bartell; and who knows between Lenon and Grant.

That’s where things stood Friday afternoon after the St. Louis Rams wrapped up their final practice in preparation for Sunday’s game at San Francisco.

Kyle Boller took all the snaps with the first team this week and will be the starting quarterback. Coach Steve Spagnuolo said Marc Bulger, who suffered a bruised rotator cuff in his right (throwing) shoulder Sunday vs. the Packers, would suit up only as the third quarterback. That means that rookie Keith Null will back up Boller.

Justin King was at cornerback with the first team Friday, with starter Ron Bartell doing only limited work. Bartell has had a sore thigh for about 10 days, and it tightened up this week, forcing him to cut back. King was the nickel back in the first three games. If Bartell can’t go, rookie Bradley Fletcher probably would man an outside spot in passing situations, with King moving inside to cover the slot receiver.

As for the starter at strongside linebacker — a job David Vobora held before being slapped this week with a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances — that determination hasn’t been made, Spagnuolo insisted. Earlier Friday, Grant’s agent, Nate Haber, wrote on Twitter that Lenon had beaten out his client.

“I know something’s been said, but nothing has been decided in that building (Rams Park),” a mildly irritated Spagnuolo said. “No decision has been decided. Two guys, two possibilities.”

Notes & quotes:

*On the week’s final injury report, S James Butler (knee) is listed as “out,” RT Jason Smith (knee) as “doubtful,” Bulger and Bartell as “questionable,” and LT Alex Barron (thigh) as “probable.”

*WR Laurent Robinson was on crutches when he visited the locker room Friday. Robinson, who is done for the year after suffering leg and ankle injuries Sunday, has yet to undergo surgery.

*Gusty winds buffeted the practice fields Friday, all the better preparation for the possible conditions at Candlestick Park. “We ordered the wind in so we could have a realistic approach,” Spagnuolo quipped. “You saw all the fans on the roof up there.”

*P Donnie Jones has averaged 50 yards or more in 16 of his 35 games with the Rams.

All for now…