Rookie tackle expects to play this week

Results of an MRI exam on St. Louis Rams offensive tackle Rodger
Saffold’s injured left shoulder were negative, and the rookie
expects to play next week at Denver.

Saffold aggravated an injury sustained earlier in the season on
pass protecting late in Sunday’s 34-17 loss to the Atlanta
Falcons.

Saffold said Monday the shoulder was very sore, but he
anticipated that rehab would help keep him on the field. He was the
first pick of the second round in this year’s draft and has started
every game at left tackle.

Coach Steve Spagnuolo said Saffold was day to day. Spagnuolo
said safety James Butler, who did not play Sunday due to an ankle
injury, should be back this week.