EARTH CITY, Mo. -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of St. Louis Rams training camp:
The pads didn't pop as often or as loud Tuesday evening but the Rams continue to ratchet up the physicality as they prepare for the season opener. Once again, the run game took precedence and got plenty of work. Coach Jeff Fisher indicated after practice that he wants each of his running backs to get about six carries in the preseason opener and deployed them in a similar fashion Tuesday night. Even rookie Tre Mason got some reps with the first-team offense and had a couple of impressive runs, including one where he burst through the hole, bounced off a would be tackler, and darted left into the end zone for a would-be touchdown. It was one of his better practices. Running back Zac Stacy departed practice early. The injury didn't appear serious, but we'll see more when Friday night arrives. Receiver Austin Franklin also limped off during the workout.
Receiver Brian Quick returned to the practice field after sitting the past couple of practices. He made his presence felt early with a nice diving catch along the sideline from quarterback Sam Bradford. The rest of the injury list remains the same as Monday with key players such as linebacker James Laurinaitis, defensive tackle Michael Brockers, cornerback Janoris Jenkins and guard Rodger Saffold among those sitting it out.
Speaking of sitting it out, Fisher said after practice that Bradford, left tackle Jake Long and center Scott Wells will be held out of Friday's game. He used the term highly unlikely when describing Bradford but that lines up with what he's intimated since the beginning of camp, so it's probably safe to assume Bradford won't play. For what it's worth, word out of Saints camp is that quarterback Drew Brees also won't participate.
Elsewhere on the practice field, receiver Kenny Britt landed awkwardly in individual drills but didn't miss much and came back to haul in another deep ball from Bradford for a big gain later in practice. ... Defensive lineman Alex Carrington provided a scary moment when he pulled up just as he got close to Bradford in a team drill. The two made contact, but no damage was done. ... It was one of receiver Tavon Austin's best practices as he came up with some big plays, highlighted by an over-the-shoulder gem on a perfect throw from Bradford in the left corner of the end zone for a touchdown. He later beat cornerback E.J. Gaines and safety T.J. McDonald on a deep ball down the right sideline. ... It's been two practices in a row in which receiver T.J. Moe came up with a big play or two. He'll need a big preseason performance to stake a claim to a spot, but he's picking a good time to make some noise.
The Rams are back at it with a special teams practice set for Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. ET at Rams Park. That practice is closed to the public.