Over the past few weeks, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has been taking social media by storm with people dumping buckets of ice water over their heads to support research for the ailment most commonly know as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
An ice bucket made its way to Rams Park Wednesday afternoon, as head coach Jeff Fisher accepted the challenges placed to him by Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll and Texans general manager Rick Smith. The results were classic.
As for whom he challenged, Fisher threw down the gauntlet to St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny and the country music group Rascal Flatts.
As of August 11, the challenge has raised $2.3 million for the National ALS Association since the campaign began on July 29, according to the organization.
Though there were flashes of brilliance in 2013, there are higher expectations for
“Give him the ball in space cause we all know what he can do with it and so we’re doing some different things,” Fisher said. “Probably won’t show a whole lot in the preseason but I’m very pleased with where he’s at right now.”
The receiver has had his ups and down, but he’s been able to push through them to still have a good camp. For example, Fisher said yesterday that Austin was able to rebound from a rough day on Monday with a strong practice.
The Rams’ signal caller has also taken notice of the type of weapon Austin can be in 2014.
“You can just see that he’s playing so much faster than he was last year,” quarterback
It’s not yet clear just how much Austin will play against Green Bay on Saturday, but he should see some time in with Bradford in at quarterback. But keep in mind that as Fisher said, Austin won’t really be unleashed until the regular season.
The Rams held a special teams practice closed to the public on Wednesday afternoon. The team worked on techniques outdoors for about an hour before heading back into the facility.
The team will have another training camp practice open to the public tomorrow afternoon at 3:30. It’s the last open practice of the week, as the Rams take on the Packers Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. CT.