ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Of all weeks for the St. Louis Rams to be short-handed in the secondary, this could be the worst.
They're likely to face the New Orleans Saints' potent offense without their top coverage cornerback. Ron Bartell has a stinger in his neck and left shoulder and said after missing a third straight day of practice Friday that the strength had not returned.
Quincy Butler, who had been inactive three straight weeks before playing last week, would replace Bartell for Sunday's game. Backup cornerback Justin King has a hamstring injury.
The Rams (6-6) would look for second-year player Bradley Fletcher to step up his game against the Saints' array of pass catchers. Drew Brees leads the NFL with 25 touchdown passes, and five players have at least two TD catches.
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