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Gaines Out for Season with Foot Injury

Posted Aug 17, 2015

After a promising rookie year, E.J. Gaines will miss the 2015 campaign due to a foot injury suffered in the first weekend of camp.

After a promising rookie year, cornerback E.J. Gaines will miss the 2015 campaign with a season-ending foot injury suffered in the first weekend of training camp.

Gaines started the Rams’ first 15 contests last year -- the only rookie cornerback to do so for any NFL team in 2014 -- missing the Week 17 matchup with Seattle due to a concussion. A sixth-round pick out of Mizzou, Gaines led St. Louis with 14 passes defensed and racked up 105 total tackles.

“To come in as a sixth-round pick and get an opportunity because of injury and keep the job, I thought it was a very impressive effort last year for him,” Fisher said Monday.

“We were going to create competition between he and Trumaine this year to see what happens and it’s just unfortunate,” Fisher added. “And it’s a part of it. He’ll be back. He’ll be back 100 percent, but he’s just not going to return this year.”

Though Gaines’ injury will reduce it, the Rams still have good depth at defensive back. Janoris Jenkins and Trumaine Johnson both enter their fourth seasons. Johnson in particular had a strong Friday night against Oakland, coming away with a key pass deflection and an interception in the red zone.

Additionally, Lamarcus Joyner flashed his potential working inside at the nickel corner for much of last year. And Marcus Roberson had a few nice moments as well, including an interception Week 17.

“Tru’s off to a great start. Marcus is playing well. And Lamarcus is also doing a good job for us there, and Jenks is Jenks,” Fisher said. “So we’ve got a good group. Unfortunately, we’re down one.”

The situation also presents an opportunity for younger players like Imoan Claiborne, who has shown an ability to make plays in the defensive backfield throughout camp. He picked off a Christian Ponder pass to end the first half of Friday’s contest.