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St. Louis Rams take on Cardinals Thursday night

6:55 AM, Oct 4, 2012   |    comments
St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher is congratulated by Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll after the game at the Edward Jones Dome. The Rams defeated the Seahawks 19-13. Mandatory Credit: Photo by Scott Rovak-US PRESSWIRE
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(Rams Tailgate Show) -- In normal NFL weeks, there is a routine. Specific things are done in practice Wednesday through Friday with a walk-through Saturday. Things change drastically when there is a Thursday game on the schedule. As soon as Sunday's game against Seattle was over, St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher told his team, "Today is Wednesday," because it was four days before Thursday's game against Arizona.

Fisher went so far as to reflect that on the video boards in the locker room that give each day's schedule.

For Monday, it said, "Thursday, October 1" and for Tuesday, "Friday, October 2."

There was a note on the screen that indicated players had to have their ticket requests for the game in by "Friday," which, of course, was really Tuesday.

Asked what day it is today (Monday), center Robert Turner paused and said, "Thursday ... I had to think about that."

Is this whole schedule deal going a tad overboard?

"Nope," said Turner. "It's a mindset. This is a quick turnaround."

Fisher said, "What you do as a staff; we came in yesterday (Sunday) afternoon and watched the game and they had gotten a head start on Arizona, so we're actually in good shape right now. Players came in (today) and we gave them an opportunity to look at yesterday's game on their own while the coaches were working, and here we are.

"Everybody (in the league) is going to get a chance to do it. You deal with it. Fortunately for us, we got through the game actually in really good shape injury-wise. The guys, they worked the soreness out and they're ready to go. By Thursday night, they're excited to be able to play. It's prime time and we hope things work out well for us."

Safety Craig Dahl told the Post-Dispatch, "Guys were real conscious of getting rest and just moving on. Half an hour after the game guys were talking about Arizona, and how fun that's going to be to hear the stadium packed on Thursday night."

Defensive end Chris Long said he felt good Monday because, "I took care of myself after the game, spending 20 minutes in the cold tub. I feel so good, I might just do that now after every game."

Another way the soreness was worked out was with a team yoga session Monday. "I just call it advanced stretching," linebacker James Laurinaitis said Tuesday. "It was great. We also did it once in camp. This has been a unique challenge, but I actually felt pretty good today."

Linebacker Steven Jackson said the yoga helps get the lactic acid out of the body and that "it is something different." He said Tuesday, "The way we moved around today, it looks like it helped."

Cornerback Cortland Finnegan said he watched three Arizona games on tape Sunday night to help prepare. "You have to do lots of mental reps and study on your own," he said.

Finnegan, who said he's never played on a Thursday before, added, "I'd like to play on Thursday every week." When asked if he meant playing Sunday-Thursday and then having 10 days until the next game, he said, "No. Sunday-Thursday, Sunday-Thursday. Get all 16 out of the way."

Told of Finnegan's comment, Long said, "I like playing Thursday because it gives us exposure nationally, but I wouldn't want to do it a lot. He's nuts."

SERIES HISTORY: 67th regular-season meeting. Cardinals lead series, 33-31-2 and have won 10 of the last 11 games. The Rams won in Arizona in 2010 and their last win at home over the Cardinals was in 2004. Arizona's last three victories have been by a total of 13 points.

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