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Around the NFC West: Rams can celebrate

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch describes a boisterous scene in the Rams' locker room following their first home victory since a 2008 game against Dallas. Thomas: "In the locker room afterward, there were smiles and shouts. Owner Stan Kroenke worked the room, congratulating his victorious team. Center Jason Brown presented coach Steve Spagnuolo with a game ball." Losing Steven Jackson to injury? The Rams can worry about that another day (come to think of it, Jackson suffered an injury during that 2008 game against Dallas, too). The Rams badly needed validation for their efforts. The coaching staff is in its second year and it's time to start seeing results. For the first time since six games into the 2008 season, the Rams are not the last-place team in the NFC West. That's a start.

Also from Thomas: Jackson hopes for good news on his groin injury. Thomas: "League sources Sunday night told the Post-Dispatch that the Rams have been in contact with running back Larry Johnson and plan to have further discussions this morning. Johnson, the former Pro Bowler with Kansas City, opened this season with Washington but was cut last week. Team medical officials believe Jackson's injury is a pulled muscle, as opposed to a tear, but Jackson will have an MRI exam just to be sure."

Bryan Burwell of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Rams celebrated appropriately on the field following their 30-16 victory over the Washington Redskins. Center Jason Brown: "This has to be the first of many. You can't just go out there and shoot out a golden egg this week, then next week shoot out a dud and then everyone says ‘What is going on?'"

Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post Dispatch offers a postgame report card in which he says Sam Bradford played his best game of the season against Washington. Also: "Coach Steve Spagnuolo showed some confidence in his offense by going for it on 4th and 1 at the 'Skins 43 in the fourth quarter. The Rams got the first down and finished the drive with a field goal that gave them a two-possession cushion."

Also from Coats: Thanks largely to Kenneth Darby, the Rams gained 79 of their season-high 133 yards rushing with Jackson on the bench.

Nick Wagoner of stlouisrams.com offers injury updates from the Rams' game. Rookie receiver Dominique Curry suffered a season-ending knee injury. Also, Chris Long was a regular in the Redskins' backfield.

Also from Wagoner: An emotional Darby explains why his touchdown run meant a great deal to him. Darby: "The first thing I could think of was to just holler. Just let it all out, the frustrations through the years in a good holler."

More from Wagoner: Spagnuolo says the Rams did not panic after falling behind in the second half. Bradford: "I think it was huge for us offensively to come out and start the second half the way we did, especially after the past two weeks where we struggled to get going after halftime. To come out and march down and score, I think that really gave a boost to the entire team."