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Jeff Fisher Looks for Shaun Hill to Guide Rams

Posted Aug 24, 2014

Here's everything you need to know from Sunday's press conference, including the latest on Sam Bradford's injury and Jeff Fisher's plans moving forward.

Head coach Jeff Fisher held his weekly press conference to wrap up the third preseason game in Cleveland, a 33-14 win. Though news the team lost Sam Bradford for the season was largely the focus, there was plenty of other news to come out Sunday evening.

-- Fisher said that three of the five to depart Saturday’s game due to injury could be back very soon.

Michael Brockers, Kendall Langford, and Rodger Saffold can potentially play this Thursday night at the preseason game in Miami,” Fisher said.

-- Also, all things considered, the Rams got good news on cornerback Trumaine Johnson.

“We’ll miss Trumaine anywhere from four to six weeks with an MCL sprain,” Fisher said. He added that one from the trio of Brandon McGee, E.J. Gaines, and Lamarcus Joyner will likely take Johnson’s spot in the starting lineup.

“We’ll be OK there until Tru comes back,” Fisher said.

-- As for two lineup changes on the offensive side for Saturday’s game, Fisher said there was not much to them. According to the head coach, Benny Cunningham started at running back just to get some time behind the first-team offensive line, and Rodger Saffold started at left guard for largely the same reason. Davin Joseph’s emergence at right guard presented an opportunity to play Saffold over on the left. Neither playing-time decision was a knock on running back Zac Stacy or rookie offensive lineman Greg Robinson.

“We knew that Greg was going to play both positions, so we got Rodger in there early,” Fisher said. “Greg played pretty well. Again, he got plenty of snaps. He’s improving. He’s going to be a really good player for us.”

-- The Rams also had plenty of success defensively Saturday night, surrendering only 32 yards on the ground and 146 yards through the air.

“We did everything that we wanted to do defensively,” Fisher said. “We played with tremendous effort, tackled well, didn’t give up many explosive plays, got off the field on third down.”

-- Quarterback Austin Davis had himself a solid game against the Browns, completing 14 of his 22 passes for 198 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. Fisher said that Davis understands the offensive system well enough that offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer can freely call the playbook.

“He gets it and he ran around and made plays,” Fisher said of Davis. “He’d like to have a couple throws back, but he moved the ball around really well. He’s had a good camp so far, so obviously Austin would step up to the two spot right now if it were the start of the regular season.”

-- Fisher said that rookie defensive end Michael Sam has been showing he can make plays in the league.

“Because of the flow of the game, we played guys a little bit longer, so [we] didn’t give him as many reps as we’d like,” Fisher said. “But we’ll get him probably good playing time this week.”

-- Finally, also on the injury front, Fisher said that linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar and defensive lineman William Hayes both have a chance to play this week in Miami.

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