Roundup: Rams OT Smith has stress fracture in toe

The toe injury suffered by Rams LT Jason Smith on Tuesday wasn’t initially thought to be serious. That no longer appears to be the case.

An MRI exam Thursday revealed a stress fracture in the toe, and Smith has been ruled out for the rest of this weekend’s minicamp and the team’s final set of OTAs next week, according to The St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

In what can only be good news, Rams coach Steve Spagunolo did say the injury will not require surgery.

Here’s a quick look at some other notable nuggets that caught my attention from around the league:

  • The Vikings opened a three-day minicamp Friday, and MLB E.J. Henderson told NFL.com’s Vic Carucci his goal is to be recovered from a fractured femur in time to be ready for training camp. To this point, Henderson has taken part only in individual drills. Steve Hutchinson also said he expects to take part in training camp drills following offseason shoulder surgery.
  • One player not at Vikings minicamp — which is mandatory — is Adrian Peterson. His absence, due to a promotional appearance, has made coach Brad Childress not so happy. Childress wouldn’t say whether it was an excused absence, but he did say this: “I just know that there are a bunch of guys here. This has a term ‘mandatory’ for a reason and the work is here, period. You can say whatever you want. This is the 4th Annual Adrian Peterson Day. I don’t know if they are going to have it every year. We are going to have this (mini camp) too.”
  • According to Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area, rookies Mike Iupati and Anthony Davis saw a large share of the snaps with the 49ers’ first-team offense during 11-on-11 drills in OTAs on Thursday. It might not be long before Iupati and Davis are officially starters. Niners coach Mike Singletary told reporters Friday he’d know more about his rookie linemen when the pads go on.
  • Browns coach Eric Mangini told reporters Joe Staley should be included in conversations about the best left tackles in the league, and highlighted second-year WR Brian Robiskie as having a “great camp.” Robiskie, who also got some love during an earlier OTA session, seems to have every opportunity to step up as the Browns’ No. 2 receiver.
  • Elvis Dumervil, who has yet to sign his restricted free agent tender, did practice with the Broncos. … When asked about his quarterbacks, coach Josh McDaniels referred to it as “an open competition.” Kyle Orton, thought to have the job unless he loses it, said he has “more confidence right now than I’ve ever had.”
  • The Chargers wrapped up a three-day OTA session, and an optimistic Norv Turner said these Chargers might be “the best team I’ve coached as a head coach.” Those are big words. 
  • The Chiefs also opened mandatory camp Friday, and rookies S Eric Berry and CB Kendrick Lewis were running with the first team, per Josh Loney of KCchiefs.com.  
  • Andy Hart of Patriots.com passed along some observations from the second day of OTAs in Foxborough, where WR Wes Welker continued his schedule of taking part in individual and position drills.
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