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Rams have their health, and a shot at their first playoff berth since 2004

Lindsey Thiry, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Health & Fitness

LOS ANGELES--Ted Rath paces with unbridled energy as Los Angeles Rams players file out of the locker room and line up on the goal line and at the back of the end zone.

Rath, the team's strength and conditioning coach, checks his watch and blows his whistle.

"All right. Let's go!" Rath yells, before blowing the whistle to commence stretching. "Let's take care of these bodies!"

Across the field, first-year coach Sean McVay huddles with trainer Reggie Scott for an up-to-the-minute injury report.

McVay, Scott and Rath have followed the daily regimen since training camp, and it has played a role in the Rams' surprising -- and surprisingly healthy -- start.

The Rams are 7-3 and atop the NFC West going into Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints at the Coliseum.

 

It's a dramatic turnaround from last season, when five starters sat out at least two of the first 10 games.

Each opponent the Rams have faced list at least 11 players, and as many as 33, on their current injury report.

The Rams have avoided similar devastation.

During training camp, defensive lineman Dominique Easley and tight end Temarrick Hemingway, both rotation players, suffered season-ending injuries. Reserve safety Cody Davis and backup running back Malcolm Brown suffered injuries during the season and are currently sidelined.

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