It’s good to see the Rams getting healthier. While we may not see them tonight against the Bengals, the key is they are getting better. Wide receivers Donnie Avery and Tim Carter are back to running routes with the scout team and the defensive line is not far off from being back to full strength.
Defensive tackle Adam Carriker came back this week first starting with the third team and then progressing to the second team defense later in the week. Defensive end Leonard Little, who has a mild knee sprain will not play either this week, but he’s been doing some things in practice that make it seem as though he won’t miss much more time.
The most remarkable turnaround has been Avery. He suffered a stress fracture in his foot during the team’s scrimmage at Lindenwood University on Aug. 7. At the time, he was told he would be out four to six weeks. Carriker also injured his ankle in that scrimmage.
While he works his way back, Gary Gibson and Clifton Ryan are the first-team tackles. Gibson, was signed as a free agent in April after two seasons in Carolina, where he played in 12 games with no starts. Ryan has started 12 of 32 career games, all with the Rams.