GREEN BAY, WI - OCTOBER 16: Scott Wells #63 of the Green Bay Packers lines up against the St. Louis Rams at Lambeau Field on October 16, 2011 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers beat the Rams 24-3. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
Rams C Scott Wells will be placed on IR after suffering a broken foot in the team's season opener against the Detroit Lions.
The St. Louis Rams will place starting center Scott Wells on injured reserve, according to Adam Caplan. Wells was injured in the season opener against the Detroit Lions and was diagnosed with a broken foot after the game.
It's likely that this move is to take advantage of the new NFL injured reserve rule, that allows teams to place an injured player on IR and bring him back later in the season when healthy. Teams can only use this exception once a season. Under the old rule, once a player was placed on injured reserve they were out for the season.
Wells was signed in the offseason to a four-year, $24 million contract to be the starting center for the Rams after playing seven years with the Green Bay Packers. Wells was named to his first Pro Bowl in December of 2011.