Rams trying to stay healthy for once along the offensive line

Rams trying to stay healthy for once along the offensive line

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St. Louis Rams Cory Harkey runs the football during training camp at the team practice facility in Earth City , Missouri on July 29, 2013. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

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by Brian Feldman, FootballStL

KMOV.com

Posted on August 1, 2013 at 10:06 PM

 (FootballStL) -- Between Scott Wells and Rodger Saffold, the Rams offensive line had plenty of bad luck last year, which led to Sam Bradford getting sacked 35 times.  And now that Jake Long has arrived - another person who has missed significant time in his recent history - those questions about durability won't go away.

 But Rams players tell me getting hurt is more about bad luck than anything.  They say you can do all you want to take care of your body, but in the end, you can't stop someone from rolling up on the back of your leg.

 "It's not a matter of 'if' you're going to get hurt, it's 'when', center Scott Wells said.  "If you play long enough you're going to get hurt at some point in time and have to deal with something.

  Really, it's just about having depth, guys that you know you can count on to step up if somebody goes down.  I've been the young guy that had to step in for a veteran that went down.  Nothing changes; the level of expectation does not change when someone goes down."

 The Rams currently project an offensive line featuring Jake Long at left tackle, Scott Wells at center, Harvey Dahl at right guard and Rodger Saffold at right tackle.  There is an open competition at the moment for the starting left guard job.  

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