I Agree One-Hundred Percent

Mike Sando of ESPN’s NFC West Blog makes an excellent point today about the injured Rams OJ Atogwe and Jason Smith.  OJ Atogwe has a serious shoulder injury and Jason Smith has not been able to pass a baseline test for his concussion suffered over two weeks ago.

Here’s Mike Sando:

The Rams obviously need to play it safe with these injuries. Their season is lost. Smith figures prominently into the Rams’ long-term plans. Atogwe could figure prominently into those plans pending future contract negotiations.

I’ve made the same argument about Steven Jackson and his various ailments.  But, Steven Jackson has toughed out two straight games in a row earning a lot of respect inside and outside the locker room.  However, in essence one of these things is not like the other.  Steven Jackson and OJ Atogwe have physical ailments that can be alleviated with treatment and possibly injections.  Both Jackson and Atogwe are both NFL veterans while Smith is a rookie.  Smith’s injury is to his brain and nothing can fix his injury except for time.  If he is unable to pass a baseline test after over 2 weeks and the Rams have millions of dollars invested in Smith – so it would make sense to sit him down for the rest of the season.  Smith will have the whole offseason to heal and work on his technique to handle the NFL defensive ends.

The Rams and both Atogwe and Smith need to take the safe route for the rest of a lost 2009 season.


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