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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Rams Injury Update: Chris Long, Lamarcus Joyner

By on 11/12/2014 02:45:00 PM

St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said there is a chance injured defensive end Chris Long may be able to return to practice this week, reports Nick Wagoner of Fisher added that cornerback Lamarcus Joyner's status for Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos is uncertain, via Turf Show Times:

Long injured his left ankle in the season opener against the Minnesota Vikings and underwent surgery that was expected to keep him out for 8-10 weeks. He has been able to participate in running drills and will be evaluated for a possible return to practice this week.

As Long was placed on the injured reserve with a designation to return list, he has a 21-day window after he returns to practice before he counts against the roster. That means Long will likely play again this year, barring any setbacks.

The Rams' pass rush has come alive over the past few weeks and will certainly be even more formidable when Long returns. St. Louis plays the Arizona Cardinals Week 15 and the Seattle Seahawks Week 17, so it has a chance to play spoiler in the NFC West race.

Fisher said that Joyner will “clearly be questionable” for Sunday. The rookie injured his groin against Arizona and was only able to play 12 total snaps.

St. Louis has had to do some shifting in the secondary due to injuries, but starters Trumaine Johnson and Janoris Jenkins were both able to return over the past two weeks. If Joyner is not able to play, fellow rookie E.J. Gaines would likely slide into the nickel spot, as he did for most of the game against Arizona.  

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