Rams rookie Johnson hurt on onside kick

Rookie Trumaine Johnson of the St. Louis Rams was flipped on his

head just as he was about to haul in an onside kick in the first

quarter, but he returned in time to help on kick coverage to start

the second half.

The team had said Johnson had a hip injury and his return was

questionable. Johnson pedaled a stationary bicycle much of the

second quarter.

Jamari Lattimore recovered the onside kick at the St. Louis 49

for the Packers, who had just scored on a touchdown pass from Aaron

Rodgers to Jordy Nelson. That set up a 47-yard field goal by Mason

Crosby for a 10-3 lead late in the first quarter.

Rams backup defensive end Eugene Sims injured his right knee in

the second quarter and his return was doubtful. It was unclear how

Sims, who entered with one sack and 13 tackles, was hurt.

He walked off the field and left for medical tests.

Packers backup defensive end Mike Neal was sidelined in the

second quarter with a knee injury and his return was


Neal, a second-round pick in 2010, was suspended the first four

games for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. He had three

tackles in his first two games.

Green Bay was already missing star defensive tackle B.J. Raji,

who is out with an ankle injury.

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