Both tackles could be back for Rams -

Both tackles could be back for Rams

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The winless St. Louis Rams played without both starting offensive tackles in the second half of last week's 35-0 loss at San Francisco, but both could be back this week.

It might be a stretch for quarterback Marc Bulger, though, to get ready in time for Sunday's game against the Vikings.

Bulger did some light throwing Wednesday but appeared to be short-arming the ball. He's still on the mend from a bruised rotator cuff that sidelined him last week.

The Rams are averaging just six points, last in the NFL, and they've gotten shut out with both Bulger and backup Kyle Boller starting. St. Louis mustered 177 yards of total offense behind Boller last week.

Offensive tackle Alex Barron worked with the first string, fully restored from a disciplinary benching. The other tackle, Jason Smith, got limited repetitions and could return from a bruised left knee that has sidelined him for two weeks.

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