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Practice Report 10/2: Quick Set to Return

Posted Oct 2, 2015

Head coach Jeff Fisher said Friday he hopes Quick's strong practice week carries over to Sunday's contest in Arizona.

It’s been a long road back from a serious shoulder injury for wide receiver Brian Quick, and all indications are that he will be on the field when the Rams take on the Cardinals in Arizona.

“Had a great week of practice,” head coach Jeff Fisher said of Quick. “I hope it carries over into the game.”

“I’m really excited, man,” Quick said after Friday’s session. “I can’t wait to get out there with my brothers and try to get this win.”

Quick has been a healthy scratch for the first three games of the season, but his injury was a factor for why he was not in. Because of the shoulder, Quick was not able to fully participate in much of the Rams’ offseason program. The wide receiver said part of making his way back was simply catching up with the new elements in the offense.

“It was just everything, period,” Quick said. “Just getting back to the speed that I needed to get back into. So I’m still working, and any opportunity that I get, I’m ready for.”

Quick said one of the indications he had a good chance to play against the Cardinals was his increased practice reps.

“There are certain things that you just have to prepare for, going into the week,” Quick said. “So when the coaches put you out there, you have to be ready for anything.”

One factor for the practice time was Kenny Britt sitting out earlier in the week due to a minor shoulder injury. While Britt is listed as probable to play Sunday, Fisher said Quick was impressive in Britt’s stead.

“He stepped right in there and literally was flawless with his reps,” Fisher said. “He knows exactly what to do.”

Though Quick had not been playing, he said he’s spent time with the entire offense developing chemistry with quarterback Nick Foles.

“Reps after practice, us going in the meeting room together as a unit -- those are the little things that separate offenses and different players, just to have that chemistry together as one,” Quick said. “We’ve all been meeting and doing the extra things we needed to do.”

And last week, Foles said he’s seen plenty of potential from the 6-foot-3 wideout.

“The sky is the limit for that guy,” Foles said. “So talented, such a big receiver. His ball skills are among the best I’ve seen, just how he goes up and gets it.”

“When he gets out there, it’ll be exciting,” the quarterback added.

Given how hard and how long Quick has been working hard to be an active player on gameday, it wasn’t much of a surprise when he admitted Friday it was sometimes tough to sit and watch.

“You’re out here working every day and you see your brothers out there fighting, going out there giving it everything they have,” Quick said. “You want to go out there and do the same thing with them.”

And now that he will be able to do just that, Quick doesn’t need a moment to look back at all he’s overcome to get back to this point.

“I let it sink in every day -- every day I’m out here,” Quick said. “Once you get a chance to even sit on the sideline, to even be out here, be in this locker room -- you’ve got to take advantage of it and love everything that you do. So I just take that approach every day.”

INJURY REPORT

The Rams have six players listed on their injury report for Sunday’s contest.

Wide receiver Kenny Britt (shoulder) returned to practice Friday with full participation and is listed as probable. Linebacker James Laurinaitis (not injury related) is also listed as probable after having Tuesday and Wednesday off. Running back Benny Cunningham (knee) was added to the injury report Friday, but is listed as probable.

Running back Chase Reynolds (knee) did not practice all week, but is listed as doubtful. Defensive end Eugene Sims (knee) and safety Maurice Alexander (groin) have both been declared out for Sunday’s contest.

ROSTER MOVES

The Rams made a few corresponding roster moves to solidify the roster in preparation for Sunday.

Given the absence of Alexander, the Rams promoted safety Christian Bryant from the practice squad to the active roster.

“I think he’s got a chance to be active and help us on special teams,” Fisher said. “We’ve designated Maurice Alexander as ‘out’, so ‘CB’ can fill in for him till he comes back.”

The Rams selected Bryant in the seventh round out of Ohio State in the 2014 draft. The Cleveland, Ohio native spent last season on St. Louis’ practice squad.

“Christian was their Defensive MVP before he got hurt there at Ohio State,” Fisher said. “He’s one of those classic examples of what a difference a year makes. So, had a really good preseason. I’ve got all the confidence in the world that he’ll go out there and do the right things.”

To make room for Bryant on the active roster, the Rams cut cornerback Brandon McGee. The club also added cornerback Eric Patterson to replace Bryant on the practice squad. Patterson is an undrafted rookie out of Ball State, who spent the early portion of the offseason with the Patriots before going between the active roster and practice squad of the Colts. Indianapolis waived Patterson earlier this week.