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


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.