Injury-prone Rams lose another player

The Rams stayed true to their season theme Friday. They could not get through the day without another serious injury.

Offensive tackle Rodger Saffold suffered a torn pectoral muscle while performing his bench press routine in the weight room. He probably will need surgery and miss the rest of the season.

Mark LeVoir, who stepped in last Sunday when Saffold suffered a concussion, remains in the lineup for Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks.

“Moving parts, even within the game, it happens,” Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo said. “Coaches step up, get the next guy in there ready to go and away we go.”


Steven Jackson has three games with 100 yards rushing and is among the NFL leaders, despite missing most of three games with injuries.

In St. Louis’ win at Cleveland on Sunday, Jackson rushed 27 times for 128 yards. It was the 30th 100-yard game of his career, which trails only Eric Dickerson (38) in team history.

Going into this Sunday’s home game against Seattle, he ranks ninth in the NFL with 707 yards on 140 carries — a 5.1 average.

The former No. 1 draft pick hurt a quadriceps muscle on the first offensive play of the season against the Eagles. He didn’t play much in the next two games, but now he’s back and the Rams have won two of their past three games.


It may be a stretch to say the San Francisco 49ers have one of the most dominant defenses in the history of the NFL. But the team’s run defense, at least, is on track for such a superlative.

Through nine games, the 49ers are holding opponents to a league-low 73.2 yards per game, they have not allowed an opponent to rush for more than 100 yards in two years and they haven’t allowed a rushing touchdown this season.

Three teams have held opponents to just two rushing touchdowns in a season, but those marks were set when the league played 14 games. Since then, the record is four rushing touchdowns in a season. That mark has been matched by several teams, most recently by the Ravens in 2008.

The last runner to crash into the end zone against the 49ers was the Rams’ Jackson, who did it on a 1-yard plunge in Week 16 last season.


Four Detroit Lions, including quarterback Matthew Stafford, and two Chicago Bears were fined by the NFL for incidents in their game last Sunday.

Stafford instigated a scuffle when he grabbed the helmet of Bears defensive back D. J. Moore and threw him to the ground. Stafford was fined $7,500, while Moore was fined $15,000 for striking back at Stafford and being ejected.

Also docked $15,000 was Lions rookie DT Nick Fairley for driving Bears QB Jay Cutler into the ground.


Ravens middle linebacker Ray Lewis isn’t expected to play in Sunday’s game against the Bengals because of a toe injury that has prevented him from practicing all week. Citing Lewis’ toughness, Ravens coach John Harbaugh refused to rule out the two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year against the Bengals. … Eagles quarterback Michael Vick has missed a third straight day of practice because of broken ribs, but coach Andy Reid is not ruling him out of Philadelphia’s game against the Giants. … Linebacker Michael Boley, the Giants’ defensive signal-caller, is doubtful because of a hamstring strain sustained last week in San Francisco. … First-round draft pick Gabe Carimi is the second Bears offensive lineman placed on injured reserve in less than a week. The team’s starting right tackle suffered a setback after returning from a dislocated right knee injury. Chicago also put left guard Chris Williams on IR earlier this week with a dislocated left wrist.