St. Louis Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo might need to enroll in medical school to better understand the issues facing his team heading into Week 2.
A quick run through the injuries and their implications, with raw info coming from the Rams' Twitter feed:
Sam Bradford, QB: Bradford does not have a broken bone or nerve damage in his injured throwing hand. He has a bruise. Bradford has already declared his intention to play against the New York Giants in Week 2. That game is on Monday night, giving him extra time to heal. It's an upset, based on what we know, if Bradford misses the game.
Steven Jackson, RB: Jackson has a strained quadriceps and will likely miss at least one game. With backup Cadillac Williams playing well in the opener, there should be no rush to bring back Jackson.
The cornerbacks: Ron Bartell suffered two broken bones in his neck and could be lost for the season. That is devastating news for the Rams given existing depth issues at the position. Fellow starting corner Bradley Fletcher suffered a toe injury in this game. His status is day-to-day. This is a nightmare scenario for the Rams. Repeat, nightmare scenario.
Jason Smith, RT: The news on Smith was better than expected. He did not suffer a high-ankle sprain, only a lateral one. That means he could play as soon as Week 2.
Danny Amendola, WR: The team hasn't decided whether Amendola will require surgery to repair his elbow injury. Amendola will likely miss at least one game and possibly quite a few more. He's the most consistent receiver on the team and a player perfectly suited for the Rams' system, according to coordinator Josh McDaniels. This is a tough one for the Rams.
Michael Hoomanawanui, TE: The Rams could get him back from a calf injury this week. He missed the opener.
I cannot recall this many injuries of significance striking an NFC West team, with the possible exception of the injuries Seattle went through a couple times over the last several years.
The Rams' bye week falls in Week 5. They could use a couple of them right about now.