EARTH CITY, Mo. -- The St. Louis Rams made it through Sunday's 28-21 loss to the Tennessee Titans relatively unscathed with one notable exception. Tight end Lance Kendricks suffered a fractured finger that could cost him some time, coach Jeff Fisher said Monday.
Kendricks suffered the injury on a second-down play in the fourth quarter when quarterback Kellen Clemens threw to him in the right side of the end zone. He left the game immediately after the play.
Fisher said Kendricks' status this week is still up in the air.
"We're just doing some tests right now to see what the best way to go about to either cast it or repair it," Fisher said. "There's a chance that he may miss some time. How much, I don't know."
Regardless of the Rams' approach with Kendricks, he's almost certainly going to need a cast on the finger, but it remains to be seen whether he'll be able to wear a cast that will allow him to continue to play. That cast will make it difficult for Kendricks to catch the ball, though he theoretically could continue to block.
Should the Rams be without Kendricks for any period of time, it will undoubtedly come as a blow to the offense. Kendricks is one of the team's most useful and versatile pieces. He has been a key blocker in the improved run game with Zac Stacy, and has also been a valuable target in the red zone with three touchdown catches on the year.
Since Stacy became the focal point of the offense, the Rams have regularly used two, three and the occasional four tight end set. Mike McNeill stands to get more work if Kendricks is unavailable.
"He's ready to go," Fisher said. "He's been ready to go, he's practicing, (tight ends coach) Rob (Boras) does a good job with him moving him around and things like that. He's prepared to play."