When Rams right tackle Rodger Saffold left Thursday night’s preseason opener after just two plays with an apparent left shoulder injury, it set off a round of "here we go again" amongst Rams faithful.
Saffold suffered the injury as he attempted to block Cleveland linebacker Paul Kruger and landed awkwardly on the arm. Rams coach Jeff Fisher told the team’s television broadcast that Saffold was going to be fine after halftime but it remains to be seen what the definition of fine is.
"Rodger is going to be OK," Fisher said then. "He's going to be all right. X-rays were negative so he'll be all right. He's going to be a little sore but he'll be OK."
Saffold was later shown on the broadcast with his left arm in a sling so the extent of the injury remains to be determined. Fisher told the team’s radio broadcast after the game that Saffold “may miss a little bit of time,” adding “how much, I don’t know.”
Thursday’s game was supposed to be Saffold’s first introduction to playing on the right side after spending his first three seasons at left tackle. Instead, Saffold once again suffered an injury. That’s been a common occurrence in his short career.
Saffold missed six games in 2012 with a knee injury and seven in 2011 with concussion, ankle and pectoral injuries.
The one area the Rams can’t afford to have the injury bug attack would seem to be the offensive line. Aside from Saffold, left tackle Jake Long, center Scott Wells and right guard Harvey Dahl all had injuries that cost them games in 2012.
Behind the veteran-laden starters, the Rams don’t have much experience. Joe Barksdale replaced Saffold on the right side. Barksdale has two career starts, both coming in Saffold’s stead last season.