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Wake Up Sprinting: 9/4

Posted Sep 4, 2014

Here's the latest on the Vikings plans for the Rams, how Trent Green compares his season-ending injury to Sam Bradford's and new addition Case Keenum.

Good morning, Rams fans. It’s September 4 and opening day is just three days away. Here’s what you need to know to start your Thursday.

GREEN REACHES OUT

When former Rams quarterback Trent Green saw Sam Bradford’s injury in Cleveland, he felt compelled to reach out -- and did so via Twitter.

@STLouisRams Sorry to see the news abt Sam. I would love to talk with him after things settle down a bit. #perseverance #faith

— Trent Green (@trentgreen10) August 24, 2014



As you probably know, Green also suffered a season-ending knee injury in the third game of the 1999 preseason. And as you surely know, that season finished in triumph for St. Louis.

You can read all about what Green has to say on dealing with a knee injury and the rehabilitation process in this full article.

NEW KID ON THE BLOCK

The Rams picked up Case Keenum earlier in the week, which means that for the first time, Keenum will be playing football outside of the Lone Star State.

“It hasn’t really set in yet,” Keenum said yesterday, adding that the weather in Missouri is significantly cooler. “But I’m excited to be in a new place, be outside of Texas, get out of my comfort zone and grow a little bit.”

Keenum went one-on-one with our Casey Phillips to talk about his new team and how he fits in with St. Louis.

DEFENSE, DEFENSE

One significant Rams offseason storyline was bringing in defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. The coach has a reputation for creating tough, aggressive defenses -- something that isn’t lost on Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer.

“Gregg Williams has always been a great defensive coordinator and he gives you a lot of looks,” Zimmer said on Wednesday. “He puts a lot of pressure on the offensive side of the football and I assume that he’ll continue to do that. He’s always made every team that he’s played work for a lot of yards and that’s what I see on tape.”

We’ll have more on how the Vikings match up with the Rams as we progress to Sunday’s contest.

GET YOUR TICKETS HERE

Finally, don’t get left out -- get your tickets to the #RamsOpener today. Home openers are the type of event you’ll be able to chat about for the rest of the year, whether it’s at the water cooler or Thanksgiving dinner. Get your tickets and come out to #DefendOurTurf.

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