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Rams running back Tre Mason full go in practice, says he's ready

"I'm tuning up right now, tuning up the engine, a little oil change, new tires, put a little nitrous in there," Tre Mason said. AP Photo/Jeff Roberson

EARTH CITY, Mo. -- The St. Louis Rams stable of running backs continued to move closer to full strength Wednesday when running back Tre Mason was a full participant in practice.

Mason, who aggravated a hamstring injury in the third preseason game against Indianapolis and has been out since, said afterward that he expects to be ready to play this week against the Washington Redskins.

"(It was) kind of just bad luck kind of thing," Mason said. "It doesn't really happen much but soft tissue injuries, they just kind of nag a little bit but I'm a pretty quick healer. I try to stay on top of things but I'm ready to go."

Mason worked out for the coaching staff and trainers before last week's game but wasn't quite ready to go. From the looks of his Wednesday practice, that won't be necessary this time out.

"I was close," Mason said. "I wasn't 100 percent. I'm not going to lie. I was pretty close. I feel like it was a smart decision to sit that week out so I didn't miss more time. So it was a very good decision."

Given a few extra days of rest, Mason doesn't expect to have any issues returning this week against the Redskins. He's viewing preparation this week like a race car getting ready for the Daytona 500.

"Just trying to take care of my body, staying in the cold tub," Mason said. "I keep my body like a Lamborghini, if I'm at a race, you have to go to the race and as soon as the race is over, you have to go right into the pit stop. I'm tuning up right now, tuning up the engine, a little oil change, new tires, put a little nitrous in there."

Mason wasn't the only Rams running back listed as a full participant in practice. Rookie Todd Gurley (knee) also had that designation and will continue to get reps through the week before a decision is made on his status. It still seems likely that he's probably not going to debut in Washington but coach Jeff Fisher still isn't ruling him out.

“I'll have an injury report for you guys on Friday like we normally do," Fisher said. "Then we'll just wait and see, yeah.”

Cornerback Trumaine Johnson also did some work in practice on a limited basis. He has one more test to clear to be able to play Sunday but Fisher indicated that Johnson practicing was a good sign for his availability this week.

Here's the full injury report from Wednesday:

Did not participate -- RB Chase Reynolds (knee), DE Eugene Sims (knee)

Limited -- CB Trumaine Johnson (concussion)

Full -- LB Daren Bates (knee), RB Tre Mason (hamstring), RB Todd Gurley (knee)