Rams lick wounds after loss to Giants; Jackson still a question

ST. LOUIS -- Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo isn't sure if running back Steven Jackson, who missed the 28-16 loss to the New York Giants because of a quad injury, will be ready for this weekend's game against the Baltimore Ravens.

Wide receiver Danny Amendola, quarterback Sam Bradford's top target, also missed the Giants game and is day to day with a dislocated left elbow. Spagnuolo said Tuesday that swelling was down, and Amendola already had improved range of motion.

Players had the day off except for treatment.

The play of Danario Alexander, who caught three passes for 122 yards and one touchdown, was one of the highlights of the loss in New York. Alexander has undergone five operations on his left knee and was inactive for the season opener.

Spagnuolo said Alexander's practice time is closely monitored to avoid irritating the knee, and he saw limited action against the Giants for the same reason.

"We do that balancing act every week," Spagnuolo said. "Hopefully we'll do it the right way this week, and he'll get in there and make those same kind of plays, because that was nice to see."

St. Louis' defense sacked Eli Manning four times. But the Rams lost another cornerback, with Tim Atchison sidelined indefinitely with a hamstring injury. The team was thin in the secondary before cornerback Ron Bartell was lost for the season in the opener with two fractures in his neck.

Rookie wide receiver Greg Salas was undergoing a CT scan for a rib injury after X-rays didn't indicate a break. Running back Cadillac Williams (hamstring) and linebacker Ben Leber (groin strain) are day to day with their injuries.

Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press

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