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    Thomas: Pead done for the year, Barrett Jones might be as well

    Rams notes: Pead out for season
    10 hours ago • By Jim Thomas

    It looks like the Rams have lost running back Isaiah Pead for the season with a knee injury. And even before Saturday’s preseason contest against Green Bay, they lost center/guard Barrett Jones for an extended period — possibly for the season — with back surgery.

    Pead suffered what is believed to be a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee returning a first quarter kickoff after a Packers touchdown.

    “It’s very tough for him,” coach Jeff Fisher said.

    Pead missed the preseason opener against New Orleans with what was thought to be a bruised hand. Turns out it was a fractured finger, Fisher revealed after the Rams’ 21-7 loss to Green Bay.

    “He was fighting back — he had surgery on his finger,” Fisher said. “We pinned it. He was excited about getting an opportunity (vs. Green Bay). It’s unfortunate that that happened. So we’ll just hope for the best as far as that’s concerned.”

    It appeared that Pead’s foot got caught in the turf as he made a jump-cut on a 33-yard return. There was no contact on the play.

    The Rams kept five running backs last season and still have five healthy backs on the roster in Zac Stacy, Benny Cunningham, Tre Mason, Chase Reynolds and Trey Watts.

    Meanwhile, Fisher confirmed that Jones, a highly-decorated lineman at Alabama and a fourth-round draft pick in 2012, underwent back surgery. Jones experienced lower back issues earlier in training camp, and the Rams tried to see if the back would settle down. But he underwent surgery about a week ago, and now the Rams must decide what to do with him roster-wise. They have a couple of weeks to decide.

    They can place him on the injured reserve list ending his season. They can place him on the injured reserve/designated for return list, in which case he would be eligible to return sometime during the second half of the season if healthy. Or they could simply carry him on the 53-man roster.

    Jones’ rookie season in 2012 amounted to the NFL version of a redshirt year because of foot surgery that occurred after Alabama’s national championship victory over Notre Dame. He reported to training camp this year with improved upper body strength and less body fat, with the potential to push for playing time at both center and guard.

    The back surgery puts all that on hold. Mizzou product Tim Barnes is next in line at center behind starter Scott Wells, who saw his first action of the preseason Saturday.

    “Tim’s done well,” Fisher said. “Tim did well last year when Scott was down for a while. He’s had a great camp; a little setback with neck spasms the last couple days but all indications are that he played pretty well (vs. Green Bay).

    “We got Scott back in for 15-20 plays,” Fisher said. “And Mike Person got some snaps, too, at center.”

    Person started the Green Bay game at left tackle, then switched to left guard, and finished at center. The Rams also have center Demetrius Rhaney, a seventh-round pick from Tennessee State, but Rhaney suffered a knee injury in practice Thursday and it’s not known when he’ll return.


    The Rams had three sacks Saturday and two were made by rookies battling each other for what looks like a fifth and final roster spot at defensive end. Undrafted Ethan Westbrooks of West Texas A&M, who was playing with the second-team defense, sacked Packers backup quarterback Scott Tolzien late in the second quarter to force a Green Bay punt.

    According to unofficial press box stats, Westbrooks had four tackles, one tackle for loss and two quarterback hurries.

    Sam, the all-American from the University of Missouri, had a sack midway through the fourth quarter, forcing the Packers to settle for a field goal. Press box stats showed Sam with two tackles, one tackle for loss, and two quarterback hurries.


    After sitting out the preseason opener with a hamstring injury, undrafted rookie Watts made his Rams debut. Watts, a running back from Tulsa, carried three times for 19 yards, and caught a pass for eight yards. He also did a nice job on a blitz pickup.

    Third-round draft pick Mason had another heavy workload by preseason standards, with 12 carries for 30 yards. But Mason had a couple issues with pass protection, allowing a couple of blitzers to get past him and into the backfield.


    Five starters sat out Saturday’s contest. On offense: LT Jake Long (knee) and RG Rodger Saffold (stinger). On defense: DT Michael Brockers (ankle), LB James Laurinaitis (ankle), and CB Janoris Jenkins (hamstring). Last week, nine Rams starters didn’t play against New Orleans.

    Also sitting for the Rams: CB Darren Woodard, S Matt Daniels, FB Kadeem Jones (hamstring), DE Sammy Brown (calf), C Rhaney (knee), C/G Jones, G Brandon Washington, and DE William Hayes.


    Saturday marked the first afternoon home preseason game for the Rams since the move to St. Louis in 1995.

    • The Rams have played Green Bay only five times in the preseason, with the exhibition series tied 2-2 entering Saturday’s game.

    • Next up, the Rams hit the road for Game 3 of the preseason, playing at Cleveland on Aug. 23 in a 7 p.m. (St. Louis time) kickoff.

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    Re: Thomas: Pead done for the year, Barrett Jones might be as well

    I never, ever root for a guy to be injured- but truth be told the Rams have lost nothing with Pead going down.

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    Re: Thomas: Pead done for the year, Barrett Jones might be as well

    Actually they did lose one thing. The dilemma of whether to cut Pead in the first round of cuts, or wait until the 2nd round of cuts

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    Re: Thomas: Pead done for the year, Barrett Jones might be as well

    barret Jones is slowly working his way up to bust status as well..granted he was only a 4th riund pick, his big name and rep, i think maykes him a viable bust candidate..the dude cant even practice let alone get ina agame

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    Re: Thomas: Pead done for the year, Barrett Jones might be as well

    Quote Originally Posted by Kman View Post
    Barrett Jones is slowly working his way up to bust status as well. Granted he was only a 4th round pick, his big name and rep, I think makes him a viable bust candidate ... the dude can't even practice let alone get in a game.
    That may be true, unfortunately.

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