Rams' Zac Stacy sits; William Hayes returns

EARTH CITY, Mo. -- Three days after playing well enough to earn a second start, running back Zac Stacy sat out the St. Louis Rams' Wednesday practice because of lingering soreness.

According to the official injury report, Stacy is dealing with a chest injury. He missed the end of the Jacksonville game with what the Rams then called a rib injury. After the game I asked Stacy about the injury, and he said he felt like he'd just had the wind knocked out of him and that he expected to be OK.

Stacy didn't bounce back quick enough to practice Wednesday, but Rams coach Jeff Fisher said he doesn't expect Stacy to have any major issues.

"He took the day off," Fisher said. "He's a little sore after that outing, but he'll be fine."

It's become something of a common practice for the Rams to have a starting running back not practice on Wednesday and then return Thursday. Daryl Richardson has followed a similar pattern a couple times this year with an injured foot.

Stacy carried 14 times for 78 yards against Jacksonville before missing the final minutes because of the rib injury.

Elsewhere, the Rams may be moving closer to getting back a key piece of the defensive line in the form of end William Hayes. He returned to practice on a limited basis Wednesday as he works his way back from a knee injury.

Hayes is the team's best run defender on the edge, and with the Houston Texans' scheme and preference to stretch defenses wide in the run game, having Hayes available Sunday to set the edge would be a big addition to the defense.

Here's the complete Rams injury report for Wednesday:

Did not participate: Stacy, CB Cortland Finnegan, OT Rodger Saffold (knee)

Limited participation: Hayes, DT Matt Conrath (concussion)