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Packers are preparing for St. Louis, dealing with injuries
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The Green Bay Packers return to the practice field Wednesday to start going over the game-plan for Sunday's match-up at St. Louis.

It's the final contest in a three-game road stretch for the Packers. A victory would even their season road mark at 2-2 and put the Pack over .500 overall at 4-3.


Most of all, it would give Green Bay its first back to back wins of the season, and provide a little momentum after a rough and injury-riddled start.

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers joined the walking wounded when he hurt a leg on a touchdown run that was called back by a penalty. On his weekly radio show Tuesday, Rodgers said he should have slid, but he thinks he'll be OK.

He also said Sunday night's 42-24 win at Houston was not fueled by all the doubts expressed about the Packers by the fans and the media, but it didn't hurt.

He said it's easy for the media to highlight a team that's not meeting its expectations, and hopes are extremely high for the Pack after their 15-1 regular season a year ago.

Also Wednesday, the team plans to learn more about several injured starters, including receiver Greg Jennings, nose tackle B.J. Raji, linebacker Nick Perry and cornerback Sam Shields.

Rams are improved

The St. Louis Rams only won 15 of their previous 80 games before this season. But things are different, as the Green Bay Packers get ready to face the Rams in St. Louis on Sunday.

New coach Jeff Fisher and general manager Les Snead are presiding over a 3-3 team that's become younger, more aggressive and more confident.

The Rams have had a couple of tough defeats, including a 17-14 loss to Miami last Sunday in which the Rams outgained Joe Philbin's Dolphins 462 yards to 192.

Fisher, the former Tennessee coach, and Snead, a former Atlanta personnel man, are getting high marks around the league. That's because they've pumped new life into a Rams squad that was the sixth-oldest in the NFL a year ago.

It's now the youngest, as 32 of the 53 St. Louis players were not with the team a year ago.

The Rams acquired a bunch of new talent when they traded their No. 2 draft pick this year for three lower picks this year, plus first-rounders in 2013 and 2014. Those future picks are from Washington, and the deal allowed the Redskins to get quarterback Robert Griffin III.

The Rams didn't need Griffin because they're happy with their second-year pro Sam Bradford.

Practice squad additions

The Green Bay Packers filled two openings on their eight-member practice squad Wednesday by signing defensive lineman Drew Vanderlin and receiver Jeremy Ross.

Vanderlin graduated from Green Bay Southwest High School before playing his college ball at Michigan Tech. He finished second on the school's all-time career sack list with 20.

The 6-3, 288-pound Vanderlin took part in the Packers' rookie orientation and tryout camp in May.

Ross is a rookie from California. Besides being a receiver, he ranked second on Cal's all-time punt return list with an average of 15.2 yards per return.

The Packers lost a practice squad player Wednesday when the Indianapolis Colts signed defensive lineman Lawrence Guy to their 53-man roster. The second opening was created last weekend, when offensive lineman Greg Van Roten was promoted to the Green Bay roster.