Post-Draft Outlook: A closer look at the Rams' picks: Round 2/33 -- Rodger Saffold, T, 6-4, 316, Indiana: His arrival could mean the departure of Alex Barron, who is an unsigned restricted free agent. In the meantime, he might also get work at guard. - by The Sports Xchange
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11/28/16 - G Rodger Saffold moved from left guard to left tackle to replace the benched Greg Robinson during Sunday's game. Saffold played well until being lost in the second quarter to a hand injury. The Rams are hopeful that Saffold is back next week against the New England Patriots.
10/15/15 - G Rodger Saffold will undergo season-ending shoulder surgery after suffering the injury on the 17th snap of Sunday's game against the Green Bay Packers. Saffold was placed on reserve/injured by the Rams Thursday (Oct. 15).
Unfortunately for Saffold, injuries have been a way of life for him since coming to the Rams as a second-round pick in the 2010 draft. He has had just two seasons where he was able to play and start all 16 games. Oddly, that included the 2014 season when he started all 16 games despite failing a physical with the Oakland Raiders after agreeing to terms on a lucrative free-agent contract in March.
The Raiders were concerned about issues with his left shoulder, which he played through after re-signing with the Rams and then had surgically corrected after the season. Saffold said he was as healthy as ever when training camp opened in late July, but then suffered an injury to his right shoulder on the fourth play of the first preseason game.
He started the first five games this season before further injuring the shoulder against the Packers. A second opinion confirmed the Rams' doctor's diagnosis.
When this season is over, he will have started just 65 (and playing 68) of a possible 96 games.
Despite the injuries he's experienced, Saffold has often fought through them as much as possible in order to play. That was also the case this time.
Said Fisher, "He was obviously very disappointed in the ball game, and then after the ball game a little optimistic. Once we got both opinions together, he was willing to try to play, but inevitably it's going to come out again, when we talk about the condition of his shoulder. So, we just felt like for career-wise and future-wise, it's best to get it fixed."
The silver lining in Fisher's mind is that he should be fine for next season.
"He fought through it with the left shoulder last year," Fisher said. "So, we fixed it when the season was over. (Now), we're getting an earlier start. H
10/12/15 - RG Rodger Saffold suffered another shoulder injury early in the game. Saffold missed most of the preseason after injuring his right shoulder on the fourth snap of the first preseason game. He played 19 of 71 snaps against the Packers. The injury was to the same shoulder that affected him in the preseason, not the one on which he had surgery early in the offseason. Saffold was undergoing additional tests to determine whether surgery might be necessary.
08/30/15 - G Rodger Saffold, who has been out since suffering a shoulder injury on the team's fourth offensive play of the first preseason game against Oakland on Aug. 14, is "feeling pretty good," according to head coach Jeff Fisher and might return to practice this week. He likely won't play Thursday against Kansas City, but is expected to be available for the Sept. 13 season opener against Seattle and be at right guard.
08/27/15 - LG Rodger Saffold, who suffered what was said to be a minor shoulder injury on the team's fourth offensive of the preseason opener against Oakland, hasn't returned to practice and isn't expected to play Saturday against the Colts. However, it is believed he will be ready for the season opener against Seattle on Sept. 13.