St. Louis Rams third-year inside linebacker James Laurinaitis suffered an "aggravated pectoral" during Tuesday afternoon's practice, according to head coach Steve Spagnuolo. The extent of the injury is not yet known by the team. Spagnuolo ordered an x-ray after the conclusion of practice to assess the damage.
The Rams front office is hopeful that the injury does not result in a tear. Should that be the case, it's extremely likely that Laurinaitis would miss games during the regular season. However, if the damage just ends up being a pull, the 24-year-old would likely return to action by the end of the preseason.
Regardless, St. Louis signed free agent linebacker Ben Leber Tuesday's night to replace the vacant spot left by Laurinaitis.
Laurinaitis was a three-time All American in his four years at Ohio State University, compiling numerous awards including the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, the Dick Butkus Award, and the Lott Trophy. He was selected in the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft by St. Louis, and promptly led the team in tackles while being voted to the NFL All-Rookie team.
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