Injuries weren’t the only reason, but it certainly played in the reason the Rams have struggled the last two seasons.  Now under new head coach Steve Spagnuolo, the team is faced with it’s first major injury.

I’m not sure I should call it major just yet, but losing your top wide receiver for any amount time is substantial.  Second year wide receiver Donnie Avery has a stress fracture in his foot and he will miss four to six weeks.  Depending on just how quickly the foot heals, it could even take a little longer.

Missing the first game or two of the season isn’t terrible, but the Rams best case scenario would be getting Avery conditioned and back to full strength by week five or six of the season.  The reason this could turn out to be a major blow for the Rams is the fact they are not very deep at the wide out position.

If the Rams look to bring someone in from the outside, they could look at some veterans.  David Terrell, a former first round draft pick and DJ Hackett were just in Chiefs camp this past week, plus there are some other big names sitting out there waiting to be picked up should the Rams need a veteran go to guy if Avery does not show improvement soon.  At the top of the list is Marvin Harrison and Ike Hilliard. 

Safety Eric Bassey suffered a torn ligament in his right knee that he injured during non-contact special team’s drills.  Bassey in his third year was third on the team with 13 team tackles.  In his place, the Rams have signed safety safety Mark Rubin,a rookie from Penn State University.  Rubin was waived June 29.

Rookie linebacker James Laurenitis was with the first team defense for the majority of snaps during Sunday’s indoor practice. Middle linebacker Chris Draft moved outside.