Practice Recap: Closing Camp

Posted Aug 20, 2014

Myles Simmons recaps the final practice of St. Louis Rams Bud Light Training Camp presented by Dr Pepper.

The Rams broke St. Louis Rams Bud Light Training Camp presented by Dr Pepper on a hot, physical, fun Missouri day in preparation for their preseason contest in Cleveland this weekend.


One noticeable presence on the field at practice was James Laurinaitis. The middle linebacker has participated in some activities this week, but was on the field for seven-on-seven drills for the first time on Wednesday.

“It felt good to be out there,” Laurinaitis said. “I would assume I’d do a little more tomorrow and just keep phasing back in.”

Known for his durability, the linebacker said he had a hard time standing on the sideline while his teammates were practicing.

“I don’t rest very well,” Laurinaitis said. “It’s not one of my attributes. I don’t like it.”

“It’s not normal watching practice,” he added. “You try to stay involved, and you teach the guys … but I missed my guys out there.”

Laurinaitis said that he’s been steadily progressing throughout the week as to what he can do based on how he feels. He said he did some work on an anti-gravity treadmill first to test out his ankle, then moved on running on the ground at the beginning of the week. Though he said he felt some discomfort Monday, Laurinaitis said that he felt great both Tuesday and Wednesday.

“Guys were like, hey, you didn’t look like you had a hitch at all,” Laurinaitis said. “I hope tomorrow, I wake up and it’s not sore so we can do a little more.”

Head coach Jeff Fisher said after practice that also expects that his middle linebacker will be able to do more activities at tomorrow’s session.

Laurinaitis said that he wasn’t sure whether or not he would play on Saturday in Cleveland, but added that if it weren’t a preseason contest, he’d do everything in his power to be on the field.

“We always talk about ability and availability -- two big things that [defensive coordinator Gregg] Williams is big on, and I’ve always been big on,” he said. “I pride myself on the fact that I haven’t missed a regular season game.”

Feeling better each day, though, the linebacker said he’s not only in good shape, but that there also may be a silver lining in missing some time.

“The nice thing about today was that being out there, I really felt like my lungs were good, my legs were good,” Laurinaitis said. “So in hindsight, I have fresh legs. That could always be the positive in it all.”


…With training camp now in the books, Fisher said he thought the team got a lot accomplished in the time spent at Rams Park. But there is work still to be done before the team faces the Vikings on September 7.

“We have a challenge ahead of us right now because typically break-camp week is a distraction,” Fisher said. “And even though camp’s a little different than it has been in the past, we, nonetheless, are breaking camp and now we’ve got to go on the road.”

…The Rams finished off the last session with the traditional dizzy-bat race. There’s no way words could do that spectacle justice, so keep a look out for a video of the action in the next couple of days.

…Defensive tackle Michael Brockers has also made his way back from a minor injury, participating in all aspects of practice.

“It’s good to finally be out here,” Brockers said. “The ankle feels good. A couple of tweaks here and there, but for the most part, I feel like I’m about 100 percent.”

Brockers said he expects to play against the Browns.

…Fisher said rookie defensive back Lamarcus Joyner has been doing a good job progressing throughout camp.

“He’s still learning every day,” Fisher said. “He’s very productive for us on the field in nickel-sub situations, and he’s going to get the chance to play a lot with the four starters with the sub package this week.”

…And finally, the organization had local high school football teams McCluer and McCluer North attend practice today. Their players got involved during a goal line drill when Fisher had them simulate crowd noise.