Rams CB Bartell expects to play vs Chiefs

St. Louis Rams cornerback Ron Bartell expects to play this week,

even if he’s not fully recovered from a stinger that has sapped

strength in his left shoulder.

”I’ll find a way to get them down,” Bartell said Wednesday.

”If I’ve got to trip them, I’ll be like the coach from the


The Rams lost 31-13 at New Orleans without Bartell, their top

coverage man. Bartell vowed Wednesday that he’d play this weekend

against the Kansas City Chiefs given the team’s playoff hopes.

St. Louis leads the NFC West at 6-7 and is playing its first

meaningful December games since Bartell joined the team in


”No question at all, I’ll be playing,” Bartell said. ”Being

here six years we’ve never had this opportunity, so you never know

if it’ll come again. As big as these last three games are, it

really doesn’t matter how I feel, I’ll be out there one way or


Bartell said he may have to wear a neck yoke to protect the

injury but complained ”that’s like putting an ‘X’ on my


Punter Donnie Jones was sent home due to illness and missed

practice Wednesday, but coach Steve Spagnuolo anticipated he’d be

back on Thursday. Linebacker David Nixon missed practice a day

after surgery to repair a broken left hand but could play on

special teams this week wearing a cast.

Offensive guard Jacob Bell (knee bruise), running back Kenneth

Darby (ribs) and cornerback Justin King (shoulder) were limited in

practice. Bell was hurt near the end of last week’s loss at New

Orleans and Darby and King did not play.