Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Brockers Is Pushing Hard to Return, May Play Sunday; NFL

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Brockers Is Pushing Hard to Return, May Play Sunday; NFL

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Michael Brockers' days as a lobbyist are coming to a close. For a while now, the big defensive tackle has lobbied Rams trainers, coaches - really, anybody who would listen - that he was ready to play.

"I would tell Reggie (Scott), 'Man, I feel good today. Let's go,'" Brockers said, referring to the Rams' trainer. "You throw some slick comments in there like, 'I'm ready for Chicago.' Stuff like that."

Brockers, in fact, may be ready for Seattle this Sunday in the Edward Jones Dome. Four weeks after suffering a high-ankle sprain in the Rams' Aug. 30 preseason finale against Baltimore, the rookie from Louisiana State was back on the practice field at Rams Park. He was officially listed as "limited" on the team's injury report but got a good amount of work.

"I think there's a pretty good chance I'll play Sunday," Brockers said after practice. "I did pretty well today. A little limited, but it felt good on the ankle. The ankle held up."

Although obviously happy to see Brockers back on the field, coach Jeff Fisher was more guarded in terms of his status for the Seahawks.

"We'll have to see how he is later in the week," Fisher said.

Fisher's caution is understandable because high ankle sprains can be tricky. Just when a player thinks the injury's behind him, it can flare up again after a sharp cut or sudden movement.

"If he's back and able to play he would have an impact on our front, from the pass rush standpoint and as a run defender," Fisher said. "Obviously, he's clearly behind because he's missed some valuable time. But he's very talented. That's why he's here."

The Rams selected Brockers No. 14 overall in the draft last April to stuff the run and push the pocket on passing downs. Before the ankle injury against the Ravens, Brockers was doing just that in training camp and exhibition play. In short, he looked like the real deal.

"Yeah, he was coming on," Fisher said. "He got a little tired there at training camp, but he improved since the rookie minicamp all the way through camp. Coach Wauf (defensive line coach Mike Waufle) has done a great job with his hands and the pass rush, and all those kinds of things."

"Brock was making huge leaps before he got hurt," defensive end Chris Long said. …

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