The injury bug continues to plague the St. Louis Rams like it has all season. The two noticeable Rams that didn’t practice on Wednesday were starters WR Danny Amendola (foot) who watched practice session from the sidelines wearing a boot and OC Scott Wells (knee) which was a surprise to many.
“As we said last week, if Scott got back on the field, it would be nice to get him out there. He really had only played a half for us all year. We’d expect it to get better and better as they’re playing together. But, I think the combination with Scott and (G/C) Rob (Turner) worked out real well for us because of the complexity of the defense and everything. We’ve just got to keep working these guys together as best we can,” Coach Fisher said after practice.
Other players that missed practice were running back Steven Jackson (foot) and DE Robert Quinn, who did not participate because of a concussion and was kept inside.
Jenkins is Honored:
Rookie Janoris Jenkins was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week for his outstanding performance against the Arizona Cardinals with two interceptions that were both returned for touchdowns. Steven Jackson was nominated for NFC Offensive Player of the week for his punishing 124 yards on 24 carries.
Niners Look to Rookie:
After Jo-Lonn Dunbar changed the landscape of the NFC West by planting an explosive hit on Alex Smith just a few weeks ago, a blossoming star has taken over and not looked back in Collin Kaepernick. A second year player from the University of Nevada, Kaepernick ran the pistol offense and led the nation in rushing (three 1,000 yard rushers) and was second in total offense 502 yards per game in college. Kaepernick is the only player in NCAA history to pass for 10,098 yards (82 touchdowns, 24 interceptions) and rush for 4,112 (59 touchdowns) and was hand-picked by Coach Harbaugh and the 49ers Personnel staff.
When Coach Fisher was asked about Kaepernick’s running skills “(49ers QB) Alex (Smith) can run, too. He extends plays as well, but not to the extent that Colin does. But, it’s a challenge. Guys have to be aware. He pulls the ball down and runs for the first touchdown of the game against the Saints and that’s the additional dimension that he adds to that offense.”
While Smith is a good athlete, let’s be honest, Kaepernick is a much better runner than Smith. I watched him live and in living color in college and in the Niners’ last meeting with the Rams as he dashed, out sprinted and slithered his way through the Rams’ defense for 66 yards and a touchdown.
The Rams faced this young gun for only two quarters on November 11th, since then the 49ers have a two game winning streak under Kaepernick and a defense that has devoured and delivered sack production and lots of pressure on opposing quarterbacks. The Rams have tallied a 1-1 record and are playing good football in all three phases of the game. The clash of these two NFC West foes will be exciting to watch on Sunday in the ED.