Clock ticks louder for Rams, Bears

The already endangered Aug.7 exhibition opener featuring the recently anointed 2014-16 NFC West favorite St. Louis Rams is on shakier ground.

ESPN's Adam Schefter says the Rams will report for training camp no earlier than July 26, three days later than scheduled, according to a source. And that is a best-case scenario featuring a relatively quick resolution to the NFL lockout.

The previous labor agreement prevented teams from opening camps more than 15 days prior to the first exhibition game, counting one day for physical examinations. Holding the Hall of Fame game between the Rams and Chicago Bears on Aug. 7 would give the Rams 13 days to prepare, including time required for travel.

Teams will also need time to sign players in free agency and fill out their rosters.