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.