(FootballStL) -- The Rams have been able to avoid any major injuries through the first two weeks of the season, but several players are nursing minor aches and pains that are causing them to miss practice time.
Among those not able to practice on Wednesday were William Hayes (hip), Eugene Sims (foot), Cortland Finnegan (nose) Mike McNeil (chest), Darryl Richardson (foot) and Chris Long (hip).
Rodger Saffold has the most serious injury at the moment. He also missed practice and will likely be out for a few weeks after hurting his knee early in the Atlanta game. Joe Barksdale is expected to get the start at right tackle this Sunday at Dallas.
“Joe’s done fine,” said Head Coach Jeff Fisher. “He’s gone out there and done fine. He had a very, very productive day last year against the Packers, mainly Clay (Matthews). When he’s gone in he’s done a good job. It’s just a matter of getting the practice reps. You get the practice reps during the week and you prepare and you end up playing better.”
Barksdale is in his third year out of LSU. He’s never been a starter, but says he’s comfortable in the role of being a swing tackle. “That’s the job,” said Barksdale.
“Between coming in for guys when they go down, or going in at the goal line, that’s what I do. You practice to be able to play. I’m confident in what I’m doing in practice to be able to help the team.”