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Stedman Bailey has been reinstated from suspension after the NFL and NFLPA agreed to an overhauled drug policy on Wednesday.

Bailey can return to the Rams' facility immediately and play in Sunday's Week 3 game against the Cowboys. Bailey has arguably the best pair of hands on the team and will be a welcome addition to a lackluster receiving group that isn't getting any production outside of Brian Quick. Bailey had a strong training camp and preseason. He'll be in the mix to start opposite Quick immediately.
Sep 17 - 11:02 AM

The Rams have started sixth-round pick E.J. Gaines at left cornerback in each of their first two games.

Gaines hasn't been noticeably exposed yet, but that time may be coming against Dez Bryant this week. RCB bookend Janoris Jenkins has been frustratingly inconsistent throughout his career, supporting Dez's matchup at the Edward Jones Dome. Even if usual LCB Trumaine Johnson (MCL sprain) returns this week, it's likely he would be eased back into the lineup versus Dallas.
Sep 17 - 10:25 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter confirms Rams WR Stedman Bailey will be among those reinstated under the league's new drug policy.

Per Schefter and colleague Chris Mortensen, the NFL and NFLPA hope to have a finalized agreement sometime in the next 24 hours. Also being reinstated would be Wes Welker, Cowboys CB Orlando Scandrick, Giants OL Eric Herman and free agent DE Spencer Nealy. Josh Gordon and free agent WR LaVon Brazill's season-long bans would be cut to 10 games. Bailey would provide immediate relief for a Rams receiver corps getting no production outside of Brian Quick.
Sep 15 - 5:05 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports Tavon Austin has been diagnosed with a sprained right MCL, and will be sidelined "roughly" two weeks.

Austin's sprained MCL is less severe than Ryan Mathews', who is missing 4-5 weeks with the same injury. It hurts the Rams on special teams, but Austin has remained little more than a gadget player on offense this season. There's no fantasy impact here.
Sep 15 - 1:42 PM

Kenny Britt caught his lone target for 17 yards in the Rams' Week 2 win over the Bucs.

Britt added 12 yards rushing on an end-around. After posting a goose egg in Week 1 on three targets, Britt is finally on the board. He's just not seeing enough balls come his way with Brian Quick dominating targets at receiver. The St. Louis offense isn't good enough to support more than one receiver.
Sep 14 - 9:18 PM

Jared Cook caught all four of his targets for 46 yards in the Rams' Week 2 win over Tampa Bay.

It was a standard day at the office for Cook, who will typically flirt with 4-5 catches and 40-50 yards. He's the clear No. 2 option in the Rams' passing "attack" behind Brian Quick, but the St. Louis offense can't support more than one receiver. Cook is a middling TE2. He has a favorable matchup next week vs. Dallas.
Sep 14 - 9:11 PM

Brian Quick caught seven passes for 74 yards in the Rams' Week 2 win over the Bucs.

Quick was once again the clear No. 1 receiver for the Rams, seeing a team-high nine targets for the second consecutive week. He could have had a bigger day if he'd made a play on a deep ball in the second half. But Quick is up to 14-173-0 on 18 targets through the first two weeks. The St. Louis offense can only support one receiver, and it's looking like it'll be Quick. He's a WR4.
Sep 14 - 9:01 PM

Coach Jeff Fisher said Tavon Austin (knee) is headed for further testing Monday.

Austin went down in the second quarter of Sunday's game against the Bucs and didn't return. The package player has three catches for 34 yards and three rushes for 26 yards through two games.
Sep 14 - 8:55 PM

Coach Jeff Fisher reiterated after Sunday's win that Shaun Hill (thigh) remains St. Louis' starting quarterback when healthy.

Austin Davis went 22-of-29 passing for 235 yards without a turnover against Tampa Bay, leading the Rams to their first win. Fisher still seems to think journeyman Hill is the Rams' best option. Whatever the case, the effectiveness of St. Louis' offense will begin and end with its running game. When Hill returns, he'll be utilized as a low-volume, Kellen Clemensian game manager.
Sep 14 - 8:53 PM

Benny Cunningham rushed for 15 yards on six carries in the Rams' Week 2 win over the Bucs.

Cunningham was the clear No. 2 to Zac Stacy, mostly working in on third downs. He got one series, but did nothing with it. Cunningham is merely Stacy's handcuff. Stacy is going to carry the rock 18-22 times per week.
Sep 14 - 8:45 PM
Zac Stacy - RB - Rams

Zac Stacy rushed for 71 yards and one touchdown on 19 carries in the Rams' Week 2 win over the Bucs.

Stacy got the start, as expected, and out-touched Benny Cunningham 19-7. He pounded a two-yard touchdown in on the Rams' opening drive, but was mostly quiet the remainder of the game, simply picking up three- and four-yard gains. Stacy also lost a fumble in the second half, but the Rams didn't turn away from him. He's pretty clearly locked in as the workhorse. Stacy gets the Cowboys in Week 3.
Sep 14 - 8:27 PM

Austin Davis completed 22-of-29 passes for 235 yards, zero touchdowns, and zero interceptions in the Rams' Week 2, 19-17 win over the Bucs.

Davis looked much better than anyone could have expected. He hung tough in the pocket, staring in the face of pressure, and delivering strikes to his receivers. The second-year UDFA, making his first NFL start, posted an impressive 99.1 passer rating and 8.1 YPA. He moved the offense down the field and didn't make any mistakes, hooking up with Brian Quick seven times for 74 yards. With the win, Davis likely bought himself another start next week at home against the Cowboys even if Shaun Hill (thigh) is healthy. He's a low-end QB2/3.
Sep 14 - 7:51 PM

Tavon Austin suffered a knee injury in the second quarter of Sunday's Week 2 game against the Bucs.

Austin's knee got twisted and bent up beneath him on short pass while being tackle by Mark Barron. It looked like it could potentially be serious. Austin hobbled off, but we may not see him the rest of the afternoon. Austin had a gain of 18 yards on an end-around earlier in the game, but that was about it.
Sep 14 - 5:13 PM

Shaun Hill (thigh) is active for Week 2 against the Bucs, but Austin Davis is still expected to start.

Hill is only available in an emergency. Case Keenum is also active for the Rams. Inactive for the Rams are CB Trumaine Johnson, CB Lamarcus Joyner, RB Tre Mason, RB Trey Watts, OL Barrett Jones, DT Matt Conrath, and TE Alex Bayer.
Sep 14 - 2:43 PM

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Jim Thomas is "fully expecting" Austin Davis to be the Rams' starting quarterback in Week 2.

Fire up the Bucs' fantasy defense in a game with the lowest over-under of Week 2 (37.5 points). A popgun-armed scrambler, Davis is getting the nod in favor of injured Shaun Hill (thigh). If Davis is not effective against the Bucs, we wouldn't be totally surprised to see Case Keenum enter in the second half. The Rams have the worst quarterback situation in football, and it's not close.
Sep 14 - 10:50 AM


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