RB Pead returns from one game suspension to help running game
By Dan Mueller
ST. LOUIS, MO - AUGUST 29: Isaiah Pead #24 of the St. Louis Rams rushes against the Baltimore Ravens during a pre-season game at the Edward Jones Dome on August 29, 2013 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images) By Dilip Vishwanat
St. Louis Rams running back Isaiah Pead runs the football past the Green Bay Packers defense in the first quarter of their pre season game at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis on August 17, 2013. UPI/Bill Greenblatt By BILL GREENBLATT
(FootballStL) -- When it was announced in the offseason that running back Isaiah Pead was to be suspended for the first game of the season due to violating the league’s substance abuse policy, Rams head coach Jeff Fisher made it clear he disagreed vehemently with the NFL’s decision.
Nevertheless, Pead still had to sit out and watch the Rams pull out a come from behind victory over the Cardinals in the Edward Jones Dome on Sunday.
But as of today, Pead is allowed back on the practice field to work with his teammates in getting ready for next week’s game against the Falcons.
“Obviously, not being able to play football and not being able to be with your teammates was tough,” Pead said. “But I’m well passed this whole situation.”
Jeff Fisher says missing the time wasn’t that big of a deal from a preparation standpoint. Clearly he could’ve helped in the running game against Arizona, but physically Pead is more than ready to go in Atlanta.
“He’s been working out. Under that specific suspension he is allowed in the building. He’s just not allowed on the practice field. But he worked out very hard last week,” Fisher said.
This week the Rams will be facing the franchise’s all time leader in rushing yards, Steven Jackson, who left via free agency to sign with the Falcons. He leaves behind an extremely young group of running backs which includes Pead, starter Daryl Richardson, rookie Zac Stacy and Bennie Cunningham.
“I think we’re coming along,” Pead said of the young running backs. “We’re not really making the same mistakes twice. We’re just trying to stay consistent and take the good with the bad is what we’re learning right now.”
They’ll be able to watch the man who did it arguably better than anyone up close and personal this Sunday.