NFC West Blog
Not much is going right for the St. Louis Rams, losers of three of their last four games, and now they've lost their best wide receiver for the duration. Brian Quick suffered a left shoulder injury during the second quarter of Sunday's defeat in Kansas City. Head coach Jeff Fisher confirmed Monday that Quick suffered a dislocation and a torn labrum to that shoulder and needs season-ending surgery.
Prior to the injury, Quick led the Rams with 375 receiving yards. Only tight end Lance Kendricks (four) has scored more touchdowns for St. Louis than Quick (three).
Few things frustrate fantasy owners more than a team deploying a running back-by-committee approach. The Rams confirmed Friday that's exactly what they want to do.
"Early in the game, we try to get guys multiple touches (and) then we try to go with the hot hand late in the game," offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer said. "Most places that I've been that have really good running games, they had the people to spread the ball around. Different backs bring different types of plays."
Those backs in St. Louis are Zac Stacy, Benny Cunningham and rookie Tre Mason, who got his first taste of NFL action last week and responded with 40 yards on five carries. For what it's worth, the players involved say they are on board with the strategy.
"I feel like whoever has the hot hand at the time is the guy who should get the ball," Cunningham said. "We're not selfish players. Stacy added that "it's all about doing what we need to do as a team to find a way to win the game."
The 1-4 Rams will host the Seahawks on Sunday.
Report: Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch almost didn't get on team bus after hearing of Percy Harvin trade
The initial emotion conveyed by the football world upon hearing word of the Percy Harvin trade was largely shock. The initial emotion of those inside the Seahawks' locker room had to be largely the same. Running back Marshawn Lynch was certainly shocked. And very, very angry.
A source told the New York Daily News' Manish Mehta that Harvin's newly former teammates were told about the deal as they boarded the team bus bound for the airport to travel to St. Louis for Sunday's game. When Lynch heard the news, he reportedly got off the bus and "almost" didn't get back on.