Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Rams Notebook: Austin Working His Way Back into the Receiving Picture

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Rams Notebook: Austin Working His Way Back into the Receiving Picture

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With wide receiver Tavon Austin working his way back after suffering a knee injury during the victory in Tampa Bay, there could be some tough lineup choices to be made Sunday when the 1-2 Rams take on the 3-1 Eagles in Philadelphia.

Could the Rams dress all six wide receivers?

"Oh yeah, it's not a problem," Rams coach Jeff Fisher said Friday after practice at Rams Park.

Do you have enough footballs to keep all six wideouts involved?

"We do," Fisher added.

Austin, the team's top draft pick in 2013, was limited through practice this week and is questionable heading into Sunday's noon game at Lincoln Financial Field.

"We'll do some stuff before the game to see how he is," Fisher said.

Offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer added: "Obviously, we're going to try and rotate guys through. Our goal is whoever's active is going to play. You see that with the backs, the receivers and the tight ends. (Tavon's been) moving around pretty good. ... If he's active, then we'll certainly have a plan to get him the ball."

In the season-opening loss to Minnesota, Austin caught three passes for 34 yards, returned five punts for 24 yards and had 5 yards on three run plays. He was hurt on the only pass thrown his way in Tampa, finishing the game with two carries for 21 yards while losing a yard on his lone punt return.

The team's top pass-catchers at wide receiver this season have been Brian Quick (16 catches, 235 yards, TD), Kenny Britt (six, 86), Austin Pettis (six, 74, TD) and Chris Givens (four, 50). Stedman Bailey, who was suspended for the first two games, was active for the Dallas game but did not have any catches.

Tight ends Jared Cook, Lance Kendricks and Cory Harkey and backs Zac Stacy and Benny Cunningham have also been regular targets for starting quarterback Austin Davis, who has completed passes to eight different receivers in each of his two NFL starts. …

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