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Rams Team Report
Special teams giveth and special teams taketh away. That was the story of the Rams' previous two games, and now they can only wonder what might be ahead with Seattle and Arizona visiting over the next two weeks.
One week after having a potential game-winning field goal blocked at the end of regulation and then losing the game to the Cardinals on a 99-yard punt return in overtime, the Rams forced a fumble on a Browns punt return that led to the go-ahead field goal and then watched a bad snap result in a missed 22-yard field goal with 2:10 remaining and provide them with a 13-12 victory.
"It's great that something like that just doesn't happen to us," running back Steven Jackson said. "I'm happy to see that kind of bad luck actually happens to other teams not just the St. Louis Rams."
Said defensive end Chris Long, "Nothing surprises me anymore. This is a wild league and we've seen some wild finishes. It was good to get a break. Some of it's luck, but some of it we took advantage of. We knew the elements were going to matter in this game, and if we just get them in the kicking game a ton, then they're apt to make a mistake. The wind was brutal out there. It was not a huge surprise."
With even more injuries hitting his team during the game, coach Steve Spagnuolo knows they will continue to battle with what they've got.
"They're all going to be like this," Spagnuolo said. "Every one of these wins, every one we're going to get the rest of the season, is going to be a scratch, crawl, grab, and try to survive just like we did here. Find a way to make a play at the end. Maybe a little luck, we'll take that too. It's going to be challenging, but I know we have a bunch of guys in that locker room that will meet that challenge. They're just going to keep playing."
"We continue to fight through," Jackson said. "Guys keep going down, and we have the young guys and new guys who weren't on the depth chart at the beginning of the season come to fill the holes. They have to come in and play right away. But we are making progress and are continuing to fight. I think the theme for the rest of the season is going to be to continue to fight."
LINEUP WATCH: Left tackle Rodger Saffold suffered a head injury early in the third quarter and was replaced by Mark LeVoir, who was signed Oct. 26. Adam Goldberg has started the last three games at right tackle because of a concussion suffered by Jason Smith. Cornerback Al Harris (knee) is expected to become the ninth cornerback to have gone on injured reserve since training camp, while tight end Michael Hoomanawanui also suffered what was believed to be a season-ending knee injury. Linebacker David Nixon was signed Wednesday because of injuries to Bryan Kehl and Josh Hull, and stripped the ball from Josh Cribbs on a punt return that resulted in the game-winning field goal.
BY THE NUMBERS: Jackson had his third consecutive game with 100 or more yards rushing and has 417 yards on 81 attempts (5.1-yard average) in those three games. He added 67 receiving yards for a total of 484 yards from scrimmage.
STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL
—CB Al Harris, who had come back from a knee injury that ended his 2009 season and cost him most of 2010, suffered another knee injury against Cleveland that is expected to end his season.
—TE Mike Hoomanawanui, who has missed time this season with two concussions and a calf injury, suffered a knee injury against Cleveland that is expected to end his season.
—OT Rodger Saffold left the game with a head injury suffered on the second official play of the third quarter and did not return. Said coach Steve Spagnuolo, I'm not calling it a concussion. It was just a head injury so they (doctors) were being careful. (They) didn't want to put him back in there."
—S Darian Stewart left early in the game and then returned, but then suffered a neck injury. More specifics will emerge Monday on his injury.
—LB Chris Chamberlain suffered a stinger in the game against Cleveland, but was "OK," according to coach Steve Spagnuolo.
—RB Cadillac Williams suffered a calf injury running out on the field to give RB Steven Jackson a breather. Said coach Steve Spagnuolo, "That one's hard to believe."
—QB Sam Bradford left the field for one play after running for a 5-yard gain and the fear was a Cleveland defensive lineman had fallen on his bad ankle. However, Bradford said he just took a helmet to the thigh.
—WR Brandon Gibson, who suffered a quad injury the previous week against Arizona, had his leg wrapped and tried to play through the injury while riding the bike on the sideline. Gibson was targeted three times, but had no receptions.
—C Tony Wragge, as expected, started in place of Jason Brown and played the entire game.
—C Jason Brown saw his streak of 84 consecutive starts snapped when a coach's decision resulted in Tony Wragge starting in his spot. Brown was only player on the 46-man game-day roster that did not play.
—WR Mark Clayton played his first game since suffering a knee injury last season on Oct. 10 at Detroit. Clayton played sparingly, was targeted once and did not have a reception.
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