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Rams to start Nick Foles; Keenum (concussion) out


With Case Keenum still in concussion protocol, Rams head coach Jeff Fisher confirmed what most had expected: Nick Foles will likely be back under center for St. Louis on Sunday barring a turnaround on Saturday.

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Saturday that Keenum is out and that the Rams will start Foles, per a source informed of their plans.

Fisher left himself almost no choice after Keenum's controversial injury was mishandled a week ago. The quarterback left the game after getting his head slammed to the turf, only to return for the next play.

The news isn't great for a once-promising Rams team in a bit of a free fall. The Todd Gurley mystique has worn off and the team is on a three-game losing streak heading into matchups with the Bengals and Cardinals back to back.

Fisher will now have to depend on a quarterback that, just a week ago, was not good enough or composed enough to play for him.

Though Foles handled the benching quite nicely, there has to be a psychological component to all of this. It happens all the time, but it must be a coach's biggest fear when he makes a positional change in such a high profile spot.

Maybe it could light the fire the Rams were hoping for, but there's also a good chance that Foles hasn't shaken whatever it is Fisher didn't like in just a week.

Defensive end Robert Quinn was also listed as questionable.