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    Rams' Kendricks Suffers Broken Finger, May Be Sidelined

    Rams' Kendricks suffers broken finger, may be sidelined

    8 hours ago • By Joe Lyons

    Aside from some bumps and bruises, the Rams came out of Sunday’s 28-21 loss to the Tennessee Titans relatively healthy. The exception is tight end Lance Kendricks.

    The third-year player suffered a fractured finger on his right hand while attempting to make a diving catch in the end zone.

    “We’re doing some tests right now, to see what’s the best way to go, whether we cast it or repair it,’’ coach Jeff Fisher said Monday from Rams Park in Earth City. “There’s a chance he may miss some time, how much I do not know.

    “Regardless of which direction we go, there will be a cast involved, so that’s going to make it, at least early on, a little tough to catch the football. It wouldn’t prohibit from blocking, but we’ll have to let things settle down for at least a week.’’

    The injury, coupled with the Rams’ use of multiple tight-end sets in recent weeks, could mean some extra action for fourth tight end Mike McNeill, the Kirkwood High product.

    “He’s ready to go, he’s been ready to go, he’s practicing,” Fisher said. Tight ends coach Rob Boras “does a good job with him, moving him around and things like that, so he’s prepared. He didn’t play any offense yesterday — he was primarily on special teams — but he’s ready to go.’’


    Middle linebacker James Laurinaitis paced a balanced Rams defense with nine tackles, including one for loss, Sunday against the Titans.

    Defensive tackle Kendall Langford, linebacker Alex Ogletree, cornerback Cortland Finnegan and safety Rodney McLeod had seven tackles apiece. Robert Quinn had six.

    Langford led the team with a pair of tackles for loss and also paced the Rams with two sacks. Laurinaitis and William Hayes had the Rams’ other sacks.

    Finnegan and McLeod each picked off passes Sunday. Ogletree broke up a pass in the game.


    Stedman Bailey, a third-round draft choice in April, picked up his first professional catch Sunday, hauling in a short pass from Kellen Clemens and battling to turn it into a 12-yard gain to the Tennessee 5 early in the second quarter. Two plays later, fellow rookie Zac Stacy scored from 3 yards out to even the score at 7 with the Rams’ first rushing touchdown of the season.

    Bailey, who caught 114 passes for 1,622 yards while leading the nation with 25 touchdowns last year as a junior at West Virginia, had just four snaps at wide receiver through the first eight games. He had 11 Sunday against Tennessee.

    Bailey, a 5-foot-10, 193-pounder, was also in on 18 special-teams plays against the Titans.

    “We’re going to get him more involved. His time’s coming,’’ Fisher said. “He’s improving on the practice field. It was a great play, keeping his balance and picking up extra yards.’’

    Fisher continued: “He’s doing really well on special teams. He’s on punt, punt return, kickoff coverage and he’s the up-back on kickoff return.’’


    In light of former Ram Richie Incognito being suspended by Miami for conduct detrimental to the team as the Dolphins investigate allegations of misconduct brought by fellow offensive lineman Jonathan Martin, Fisher was asked Monday about setting parameters for respect in the locker room.

    “First off, I can’t comment on their locker room, obviously. But I can say that we’ve established (respect) here,’’ the coach said. “Yeah, guys will ask rookies to carry their helmets in from practice, but we make it clear to the rookies and veterans that this is a business environment and the rookies are here to help us win and everyone here is treated with respect.

    “At the same time, it’s OK to have fun. You guys witnessed it first hand with the pie thing with ‘Cort’ (Cortland Finnegan) and Chris Long. It’s OK to have fun, but it’s my job to make sure you keep a lid on things. ... I think it’s important to to come in here and look forward to coming to work and have fun. But, respect factors into the things we preach here.’’

    Martin, a second-year player from Stanford, left the team following an incident in the team cafeteria Oct. 28.

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    Re: Rams' Kendricks Suffers Broken Finger, May Be Sidelined

    I think Kendricks is a continually improving guy who has a solid role for next year. I hope he doesnt miss too much time, he needs all the reps he can get. He is not a superstar, but he makes very little money and still has plenty of upside.

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    could, would, jonathan be picked up after this season? (if he's worth it)

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