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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Draft Scout Rodger Saffold News
11/15/17 - LG Rodger Saffold did not practice Wednesday with an ankle injury.
11/13/17 - LG Rodger Saffold left the game on Sunday with an ankle injury and will be reevaluated this week.
12/05/16 - OL Rodger Saffold did not play Sunday against the Patriots with a hand injury.
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