Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Rams Notebook: Team Back to Work, Preparing for 3-0 Big Red

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Rams Notebook: Team Back to Work, Preparing for 3-0 Big Red

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Rams coach Jeff Fisher says the team's new practice schedule is working out well.

"One of the good things about our schedule is that we're able to put we're 24 hours ahead of schedule right now," Fisher said, referring to his decision to work out lightly on Tuesdays and then giving the team its mandatory day off on Thursdays. "We're able to put the last game behind us and get in the play and we had a great exercise tonight. So we had good meetings and guys are excited about the game plan. ...

"We're just excited about playing the Cardinals right now."

The Rams (1-2) will take on Arizona (3-0) Sunday in a 3:25 p.m. game at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.

Tuesday's workout at Rams Park in Earth City began outside but shifted indoors with the threat of storms and lightning in the area.

The Rams were missing just a handful of players on Tuesday. Defensive end Eugene Sims and running back Chase Reynolds remain out after suffering knee injuries in the season-opening win over Seattle.

On Monday, Fisher said that both players are "closer. I don't know, it'd be really close this week; that gives you an idea."

Reserve safety and Eureka High product Maurice Alexander (groin), middle linebacker James Laurinaitis (vet's day off) and wide receiver Kenny Britt (shoulder) also took Tuesday off.

Britt "banged his shoulder a little bit in the game," Fisher said.

Britt finished Sunday's 12-6 loss to Pittsburgh loss with seven catches for 102 yards; it was the 10th 100-yard receiving game of his seven-year NFL career and his third as a Ram. Last season, he caught four passes for 128 yards in a win over visiting Denver and had nine catches for 103 yards in a loss to the visiting New York Giants.


With the Rams down 9-0 in the second quarter, punter Johnny Hekker saw an opportunity.

"It's a play we run, a play that's been successful," Hekker said of the fake punt. "I'm just praying it's a play we'll run again in the future."

Hekker, who entered the game having completed five of six passes for 79 yards and a touchdown, short-armed the incomplete pass to receiver Stedman Bailey, allowing the Steelers to take over near midfield. …

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