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NATIONAL FOOTBALL CONFERENCE WEST Arizona Seattle Rams San Francisco EAST Washington NY Giants Philadelphia Dallas SOUTH Carolina Atlanta Tampa Bay New Orleans NORTH Minnesota Green Bay Chicago Detroit

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Thursday Green Bay 27, Detroit 23 Sunday Arizona at Rams, noon, KTVI (2) Seattle at Minnesota, noon Jacksonville at Tennessee, noon San Francisco at Chicago, noon NY Jets at NY Giants, noon Atlanta at Tampa Bay, noon Houston at Bufalo, noon Baltimore at Miami, noon Cincinnati at Cleveland, noon Denver at San Diego, 3:05 p.m. Kansas City at Oakland, 3:05 p.m., KMOV (4) Carolina at New Orleans, 3:25 p.m., KTVI (2) Philadelphia at New England, 3:25 p.m. Indianapolis at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m., KSDK (5) Monday Dallas at Washington, 7:30 p.m., ESPN

WEST W L T Pct PF PA Home Denver 9 2 0 .818 252 207 4-1 Kansas City 6 5 0 .545 287 220 3-2 Oakland 5 6 0 .455 264 280 2-3 San Diego 3 8 0 .273 244 307 2-4 EAST W L T Pct PF PA Home New England 10 1 0 .909 347 212 6-0 NY Jets 6 5 0 .545 272 228 4-2 Bufalo 5 6 0 .455 266 257 2-3 Miami 4 7 0 .364 225 287 1-3 SOUTH W L T Pct PF PA Home Indianapolis 6 5 0 .545 249 260 3-3 Houston 6 5 0 .545 232 234 4-2 Jacksonville 4 7 0 .364 236 299 3-3 Tennessee 2 9 0 .182 203 257 0-6 NORTH W L T Pct PF PA Home Cincinnati 9 2 0 .818 297 193 5-1 Pittsburgh 6 5 0 .545 266 230 4-2 Baltimore 4 7 0 .364 259 276 2-3 Cleveland 2 9 0 .182 213 310 1-4

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AFC 5-2 5-2 5-3 2-5 AFC 7-1 5-4 5-5 2-6 AFC 4-3 4-3 4-5 0-7 AFC 7-1 3-4 3-5 2-7

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RAMS NOTEBOOK

NFL NOTEBOOK

Injuries persist for the Rams

Key Seattle players out

Quinn, Johnson and Zuerlein unlikely to play BY JOE LYONS St. Louis Post-Dispatch

It appears the Rams will again be without defensive end Robert Quinn, cornerback Trumaine Johnson and kicker Greg Zuerlein when they take on the redhot Arizona Cardinals at noon Sunday at the Edward Jones Dome. The team’s Friday injury report listed Quinn (back), Johnson (thigh) and Zuerlein (right hip) as doubtful for the NFC West showdown. In NFL terms, doubtful means there is just a 25 percent chance of playing Sunday. None of the three players practiced this week. Quinn, a two-time Pro Bowl selection, started the season’s first seven games, sat a week and then saw limited action against Chicago. He was inactive for recent games at Baltimore and at Cincinnati. Sixth-year pro Eugene Sims has been filling in for Quinn. Johnson, in the midst of perhaps his best season, was injured on an interception return in Baltimore and did not play in last week’s 31-7 road loss to the Bengals. Marcus Roberson, a second-year pro, stepped in against Baltimore and started in

the Cincinnati game. Zuerlein suffered a strained hip flexor a couple of days before the Cincinnati game. A day before that contest, the team signed free agent kicker Zach Hocker, a University of Arkansas product who began the season with the New Orleans Saints. Zuerlein “did not kick (Friday), so it’ll probably be a gametime decision,’’ Rams coach Jef Fisher said after Friday’s workout at Rams Park. “Zach kicked well, kicked of well (Friday), so we’ll see.’’ Quarterback Case Keenum was limited in practice Friday and still has not cleared the concussion protocol. He’s listed as questionable, which is 50-50. On Thursday, Fisher named Nick Foles as the starter at quarterback. Tackle Rob Havenstein, the team’s second-round draft pick last May, went through another full workout Friday and is listed probable. Havenstein started the first seven games at right tackle but has sat out three of the last four games with a calf injury. Offensive lineman Andrew Donnal (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday. The 9-2 Cardinals, who enter Sunday’s action riding a fivegame winning streak and holding a three-game lead in the NFC West, have ruled out RB Andre Ellington (toe), CB Jerraud Powers (calf) and DT Frostee Rucker (ankle), with DT Cory Redding (ankle) doubtful. WR Michael Floyd (hamstring)

is questionable.

THUMBS-UP FOR ODOM Rams center Tim Barnes, who played at the University of Missouri from 2006-2009, thinks his alma mater made a wise choice in hiring another ex-Tiger, Barry Odom, to take over for Gary Pinkel as the Tigers’ next football coach. “I like it. Not really that surprised since Pinkel helped with the search and likes to promote from within,’’ the fourth-year pro said. “You know that Odom was probably going to be a head coach somewhere this year, so why not Mizzou? I know him personally; he’s a good guy and I’m excited for him.’’ Barnes continued: “You want to keep good people in the program, especially when they have good track records. (Odom) hasn’t been here the whole time. He left and went to Memphis and had success there before coming back. Seems like (Memphis) wanted him back, so I think it’s a good choice by Missouri.’’

GOLDEN SHINES Drafted by the Cardinals in the second round of last spring’s draft, former Affton High and Mizzou standout Marcus Golden had played in all 11 games and made three starts at linebacker for Arizona this season. The 6-foot-3, 260-pound Golden has 24 tackles, including three for loss. He leads the Cardinals with 13 quarterbacks hits, is second with 2½ sacks and is

tied for second with 11 quarterback pressures. He’s also forced a fumble this season. “I love him,’’ Arizona free safety Tyrann Mathieu said earlier in the week. “I love his energy, I love his passion. He’s getting to the quarterback for us; that’s something we definitely need to keep improving on. We need some other guys to step up and get to the quarterback. Marcus is doing a great job. To say he’s a rookie and he has to learn so much, he’s doing a great job just making football plays.’’

The Seahawks will be without running back Marshawn Lynch and receiver Paul Richardson, and will be missing some depth along their defensive line, for Sunday’s game against the Vikings. While Lynch’s absence was expected following abdominal surgery last week, coach Pete Carroll had been optimistic about Richardson’s chances to play. Instead, he was unable to practice all week because of a hamstring problem and was ruled out Friday. The team will also be without defensive end Demarcus Dobbs (concussion) and defensive tackle Jordan Hill (toe) on Sunday. And Vikings defensive tackle Linval Joseph (foot) has been ruled out.

MESSAGE FROM BAILEY On Friday, Rams wide receiver Stedman Bailey issued a message via Twitter: To my entire Rams family, especially my teammates, fans and peers, I thank you so much for your continued prayers and support. My recovery has been nothing short of a miracle (a work of God) and I can only give God the praise, glory and honor for what he is doing in my life at this time. Christmas is a holiday in which Jesus was born as a gift to the world but in all honesty, he has given me and my family a gift which is far greater than what any man can give, a restoration of my life and health. I will continue to get better day by day until I’m able to get back on the field and I ask for your continued prayers. Love, Stedman Bailey. Joe Lyons jlyons@post-dispatch.com

Rams continue to draw criticism over handling of Keenum

Ball works out with Pack • Packers running backs Eddie Lacy and Alonzo Harris missed curfew in Detroit on Wednesday, according to a source, which resulted in a roster shakeup for their game against the Lions. Lacy played just 19 snaps after rushing for at least 100 yards in each of the previous two games, with James Starks getting the bulk of the carries . Harris was released a few hours before kickof and the Packers worked out running back Montee Ball on Friday. Ball, who is from Wentzville, was cut by Denver in the preseason. Green Bay won 27-23 Thursday on Aaron Rodgers’ 61-yard desperation pass to tight end Richard Rodgers on the game’s last play. KC’s Houston sidelined • Chiefs outside linebacker Justin Houston, who has 7½ sacks, won’t play Sunday in Oakland because of his hyperextended left knee, coach Andy Reid said. Center Mitch Morse, receiver De’Anthony Thomas and safety Husain Abdullah also will miss the game, all because of concussions. The Raiders are expected to be without center Rodney Hudson (sprained ankle). QB carousel • The Colts announced that quarterback Andrew Luck, who is recovering from a lacerated kidney and partially torn abdominal muscle and hasn’t played since Nov. 8, won’t play Sunday night in Pittsburgh. He’ll again be replaced by Matt Hasselbeck, who is 4-0 this season. Indy also ruled out three other starters — left tackle Anthony Castonzo (knee), linebacker Jerrell Freeman (hamstring) and right guard Hugh Thornton (elbow). • Peyton Manning (foot) will stay behind in Denver when the Broncos travel to San Diego, giving QB Brock Osweiler his third straight start. Also out for Denver are safety T.J. Ward and nose tackle Sylvester Williams (each has an ankle injury) and linebacker DeMarcus Ware (back). • Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford is expected to return Sunday, against the Patriots, after missing the team’s last two games because of a concussion and left (nonthrowing) shoulder injury. But running back Ryan Mathews (concussion) is out.

RAMS • FROM B1

and safety.” Fisher said he was unaware that Keenum had been diagnosed with concussion symptoms until after the Rams’ 1613 loss to the Ravens. Fisher saw Keenum go down but said he was in game-management mode and didn’t realize the quarterback was slow to get up. On Thursday, Fisher was asked about Winston’s comments and seemed almost eager to reply. “I’ll say this, I have great respect for Eric as a player, and also in the position that he currently holds within the union — the Players Association,” Fisher said. “It’s awfully diicult for an active player, you know, to stay involved — and how should I say this? — understand everything that went on. “I don’t think Eric has all of the facts. The facts were all discussed with the league, with the union. I mean, I can see his position. His position is to protect players. But his position’s no diferent than mine, nor Reggie (Scott)’s, or anybody else associated with the league.” Scott is the Rams’ head athletic trainer. He briefly checked out Keenum after the play, while referee Tony Corrente’s crew was administering a penalty that occurred on the play. But the independent injury spotter at press box level never called for a medical timeout to check out Keenum on the sideline, probably because Scott came out on the field. “It’s very unlikely that anybody is going to be penalized,” Fisher continued. “As I said two weeks ago (after the Keenum incident) ... we’re trying to close the loophole to make sure that that doesn’t happen again.” Although the NFL will consider discipline for future violations of concussion protocol, the league already has let it be known there will be no club discipline in the Keenum matter. A conference call involving athletic trainers and team physi-

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ASSOCIATED PRESS

Rams quarterback Case Keenum drops to his knees after a fumble during the second half against Baltimore on Nov. 22. Keenum hasn’t played since that game.

cians from all 32 teams was held last week to discuss what went wrong with the concussion protocol in the Baltimore game, and what can be done to prevent it from happening again. Medical experts from the league and the players association are continuing to review the issue. More criticism was directed at the Rams, and at Fisher in particular, on the topic this week. Former NFL player and current ESPN analyst Mark Schlereth said in a radio appearance that it was a “bold-faced lie” for Fisher to say he didn’t realize Keenum was injured because he was in game-management mode. Fisher said he spoke with Schlereth on Thursday to clear the air. “He apologized to me,” Fisher said. “Again, Mark didn’t have all of the facts. Those things happen. That’s the world we live

in right now. “When you have the facts and you understand what happened, everything that led up to that incident — and any other incident for that matter — unless you’ve got all the facts, you should probably keep your mouth shut. I think Mark’s one of the best, so we had a really good conversation.” Fisher said he initiated the dialogue with Schlereth when he learned about his remarks. “Would you call somebody if they called you a liar?” Fisher said. “Probably. So I did. I have great respect for Mark and we got it resolved, no problem.” As for Keenum, he has not been made available to reporters while he’s still under the concussion protocol. He has gotten some practice repetitions with the scout team this week, running Arizona plays for the benefit of the Rams’ first-team de-

fense. The Rams play the Cardinals in a noon kickof Sunday at the Edward Jones Dome. But Keenum did not get any reps with the first-team ofense this week while still under the concussion protocol. For that reason, Fisher decided to go with Nick Foles at quarterback against the Big Red. And that won’t change even if Keenum says Saturday that he feels great and clears the protocol. Although unlikely, if that’s the case Saturday, Keenum will be the team’s No. 2 QB and dress for the Arizona game. Otherwise, rookie Sean Mannion will be No. 2 behind Foles for the second week in a row, and Keenum once again will be a gameday inactive. Jim Thomas @jthom1 on Twitter jthomas@post-dispatch.com

Elsewhere • The Jets will be without standout cornerback Darrelle Revis (concussion) when they play the Giants on Sunday and his backup, Marcus Williams, is doubtful (sprained knee). That’s a bad sign against standout Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. • Patriots linebacker Jamie Collins is expected to be back Sunday, against the Eagles, after missing four games because of illness. But the Pats will be without tight end Rob Gronkowski (knee) and receiver Julian Edelman (foot). Receiver Danny Amendola (knee) is questionable. Other injuries • Bills right guard John Miller (ankle) is out and right tackle Seantrel Henderson (illness) is not expected to play Sunday. Bufalo also will be without linebacker Nigel Bradham (ankle) and running back Karlos Williams (shoulder). ... Falcons receiver Leonard Hankerson (hamstring) is out for the rest of the season. ... Dolphins receiver Rishard Matthews (ribs) is out Sunday, as are Redskins linebacker Perry Riley Jr. (broken foot) and Jaguars receiver Allen Hurns (concussion). From news services