Injuries already are piling up for Rams
They've lost two offensive linemen for rest of season
BY STEVE KORTE
News-Democrat


ST. LOUIS --In the here-we-go-again department, the St. Louis Rams have lost two offensive lineman for the 2008 season because of injuries.

Backup guard Mark Setterstrom has broken the knee cap in his left leg that will require surgery, while backup tackle Brandon Gorin has a shoulder injury that also will require surgery.

Both players will be placed on injured reserve.

Gorin hurt his shoulder during the first half of the Rams' preseason opener against Tennessee.

He recently underwent a second MRI on his shoulder that revealed what Rams coach Scott Linehan said was a similar injury to the torn labrum and torn rotator cuff that sidelined Orlando Pace for 15 games last season.

Setterstrom injured his knee during the third quarter of the Rams' 7-6 win over the San Diego Chargers on Saturday. Setterstrom had be carted off the field.

Linehan said Setterstrom's latest injury wasn't related to the torn ACL in the same knee that sidelined him for the final 13 games of the 2007 season.

The Rams' offensive line was decimated by injuries last season, but Linehan said there are still 13 offensive linemen on the team's roster this preseason. That includes rookies John Grecco and Roy Schuening.

Linehan said the Rams likely will fill the roster spots vacated by Setterstrom and Gorin by signing a running back and either a linebacker or safety.

The Rams are short of numbers at running back because Brian Leonard has a sprained shoulder that makes him "pretty iffy" in Linehan's words for the team's preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens next Saturday.

Rookie linebacker David Vobora, the final player selected in the 2008 NFL Draft, probably will miss the team's final two preseason games because of a severely sprained ankle.

Quarterback Marc Bulger has a strained shoulder, but it is not considered serious.

"The doctors weren't concerned about it," Linehan said. "They tested his strength, and it was pretty good. Sometimes guys wake up and they are pretty sore, so we'll see if he has to be limited at all (in practice). I think he is going to be just fine."

Rookie fullback Russ Weil is day-to-day with a sprained ankle.

Contact reporter Steve Korte at skorte@bnd.com or 239-2522.