St. Louis Rams right tackle Rodger Saffold exited Sunday’s loss against the Atlanta Falcons with a knee injury, and the Rams had to replace Saffold at right tackle with Joe Barksdale for the second quarter onward. Saffold is a very injury prone player, but he is also an important player to the Rams offense as a talented tackle. Currently in a contract year, Saffold chose not to hold out or dispute his deal this offseason, and he will need to be healthy in order to get the kind of payday he’s looking for.
Per the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Rodger Saffold will have an MRI on his knee today, and all eyes will be peeled on the results of his latest injury. Saffold has missed 13 games in the past two seasons, and this could be a start to another chunk of games that the St. Louis Rams key tackle will miss.
The drop-off between Saffold and Barksdale is pretty significant, and the Rams should be worried about the results of today’s MRI. All we can do is hope for the best regarding Saffold’s status, but the Rams are definitely in a better position to lose Saffold to an injury this season than they were last year. I mean, Saffold is no longer the left tackle now after the big offseason signing of Jake Long, but it is still important to have a good bookend of tackles in this league. You can’t actually hide a bad right tackle like Wayne Hunter on the right side, because defenses will exploit that hole.