ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Rams defensive end Chris Long did not practice while nursing a bruised thigh Wednesday but expects to play against the San Francisco 49ers this weekend.
Long wasn't certain when he was injured in last week's loss to the Chiefs. He has 7 1/2 sacks this season, including one against Kansas City.
The Rams had been hopeful that tight end Mike Hoomanawanui could return after missing three games with a high ankle sprain, but coach Steve Spagnuolo said the rookie didn't get as many snaps as had been anticipated and might miss Sunday's game.
Running back Kenneth Darby, who has missed the last two games with a rib injury, was limited in practice.
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