Rams' line takes another hit with Setterstrom injury

The St. Louis Rams feared that Mark Setterstrom suffered a serious injury in practice on Friday when he left the field with what was called an elbow injury at the time.

Their worst fears were confirmed when it was revealed that Setterstrom suffered a torn left triceps muscle, an injury that could put him on the shelf for the entire 2010 season, and putting the organization in an even more difficult position on the offensive line.

Setterstrom was working on the interior of the line and he is the fifth lineman to be injured in the last two months, according to the St. Louis Globe-Democrat. That’s solid proof right there that offseason workouts aren’t without risk for the players. Rookie second-round pick Roger Saffold, projected to be the starting right tackle, has a knee sprain that is sidelining him. Left tackle Jason Smith is out for the remainder of OTA’s and minicamp with a stress fracture in his toe. Left guard Jacob Bell is recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery. Center Drew Miller is working his way back from a knee sprain. Right now, starting center Jason Brown is the onlyu sure starter who is locked in without an injury.

Setterstrom suffered a similar injury last season and underwent surgery. He will have to decide whether to have a second surgery or see if the arm will heal on its own.

“He’s got a decision. We’ve got a decision,” coach Steve Spagnuolo said. “We’ll have to wait and see. Mark’s not sure what he wants to do with it. It may require surgery, so we’re kind of weighing our options right now. We’ve got a few days. We don’t have to do anything right now.

“I feel bad for Mark, all the rehabbing he’s gone through (with) the injuries here,” Spagnuolo said. “He’s just a tough guy and a quality guy. We’ll say our prayers and hope something really good comes out of it.”

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