Injury to Rams rookie OT Donnal not as bad as initially feared

Demetrius Rhaney (left) replaced Andrew Donnal last weekend and could be in line for his first career start Sunday.
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Although the St. Louis Rams received one nugget of good news on the injury front, they will still roll out a makeshift offensive line for Sunday's matchup at the Cincinnati Rams.

Rookie right tackle Andrew Donnal was diagnosed with a MCL sprain in his left knee, an injury that occurred in Sunday's loss at Baltimore. The Rams had feared the worst for Donnal, who made his first NFL start.

Still, Donnal is expected to be sidelined for at least two weeks, another blow for an offensive line that had already lost three players to season-ending injuries while a fourth, tackle Rob Havenstein, remains questionable after sitting out two of the last three games due to a calf injury.

Rookie guard Cody Wichmann made his first start last weekend and second-year guard Demetrius Rhaney could earn his first career start against the Bengals. Rhaney played last weekend following the injury to Donnal, which forced the Rams to juggle bodies along the line.

“Initially, I was a little concerned about Demetrius, but when you watch the tape, he got it done,” St. Louis coach Jeff Fisher said Monday during his media briefing. “Cody battled as well. Cody’s going to be a good player. This is his first opportunity against a good team.  … But we have to run the football better.”

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