Safe route best one for injured Rams

The Rams' starting free safety and franchise player, Oshiomogho Atogwe, could undergo season-ending shoulder surgery.

Right tackle Jason Smith, a franchise cornerstone if not technically a franchise player, failed another baseline test in his attempt to overcome a concussion.

The Rams obviously need to play it safe with these injuries. Their season is lost. Smith figures prominently into the Rams' long-term plans. Atogwe could figure prominently into those plans pending future contract negotiations.