Rams to give Ayers first crack at replacing injured Ogletree

Linebacker Akeem Ayers will shift over from the weak side to strong side for St. Louis.
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With St. Louis Rams outside linebacker Alec Ogletree sidelined for perhaps the remainder of the season, Akeem Ayers will get the first crack at replacing the team’s leading tackler.

Ogletree underwent surgery Tuesday for a broken right fibula and is expected to be sidelined at least eight weeks.

Ayers spent his first three-plus seasons with the Tennessee Titans before he was dealt to New England last year and registered a career-high four sacks in nine games with the Patriots. Coach Jeff Fisher told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Ayers will have no problems sliding from weak-side linebacker into Ogletree’s strong-side slot.

Ogletree led the Rams in tackles in each of his first two seasons and registered a team-high 10 in Sunday’s victory at Arizona before he was injured.

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