Cornerback Tru Johnson Eager to Get Back on the Field –PD

• By Joe Lyons

For Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson, the wait is nearly over.

Johnson, a returning starter selected in the third round of the 2012 draft, went down with a knee injury in the Rams’ preseason victory over the Browns in Cleveland on Aug. 23 and has been working his way back ever since. After full participation in practice Thursday and Friday, he is probable for Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi’s Stadium.

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Greg Robinson Takes Over at Left Tackle –PD

• By Jim Thomas

The Rams drafted Greg Robinson to be their tackle of the future. Following Jake Long’s season-ending knee injury against Kansas City, the future is now.

Robinson, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2014 draft, will make his first NFL start at left tackle Sunday in San Francisco. After four weeks of watching and learning, Robinson started the past three games at left guard.

But now he’s at left tackle, the position he played all through college at Auburn. His spot.

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Bernie: Another Rams Coaching Change Not a Good Idea

• Bernie Miklasz •

As they head to San Francisco with a 2-5 record, a banged-up team and an unforgiving upcoming schedule, the Rams appear to be in trouble.

Which leads to a question: Is coach Jeff Fisher in trouble?

Rams owner Stan Kroenke is unavailable to comment. And even if the silent Kroenke were in the mood to talk, he wouldn’t be inclined to share his views on Fisher’s future.

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Rams Stagger into San Francisco –Gordon

• By Jeff Gordon

Jeff Gordon previews the game between the St. Louis Rams and San Francisco 49ers on Sunday at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara (3:05 p.m., KTVI Channel 2):

THE MATCH-UP

The 49ers (4-3) are looking for a big bounce-back game. They lost to the Denver Broncos 42-17, then used their bye week to regroup. The likely return of LB Patrick Willis (toe) and CB Jimmy Ward (quadriceps) should help.

Meanwhile, the battered Rams (2-5) stagger into the game with an injury-depleted team. Rookie Greg Robinson must play left tackle with Jake Long eradicated by a knee injury. The demise of WR Brian Quick deprives QB Austin Davis of his favorite target.

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Key to Victory in San Francisco? Keep 49ers Guessing –Farr

By D’Marco Farr

This is when I really wish Sam Bradford were healthy and at the helm of the Rams’ offense. Or, at least, a well-established veteran at quarterback who has tremendous chemistry with his offensive coordinator.

Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to throw a wrinkle at San Francisco this Sunday by sliding into a no-huddle offense – midway through a series? How surprised do you think the 49ers would be if the Rams suddenly went away from the West Coast power attack (play-action, short-to-intermediate route tree, with the power running game drawing the defense in) and ran the offense from the shotgun? It could throw San Fran off balance and perhaps negate some of that speed on defense. It’s hard to run as fast as you can when you’re confused.

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Rams Appear Healthier Than Expected for Niners –PD

By Joe Lyons

The Rams split Friday’s practice at Rams Park, starting with a walk-through outside before moving inside due to heavy winds. The majority of the workout was indoors.

The team, which made 18 roster moves early in the week to deal with injuries, seemed to get healthier through the week as it prepared for Sunday’s 3:05 p.m. game against the 49ers at Levi’s Stadium.

Cornerback Janoris Jenkins (knee) was the only player not practicing on Friday. Jenkins, a third-year starter, was hurt in the victory over Seattle but returned to finish the game. He sat out last weekend’s game in Kansas City and did not practice at all this this week. He’s listed as questionable, as were safety Rodney McLeod (knee), linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar (toe) and Aaron Donald (shoulder).

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