Michael Brockers DL STL 2 Months

ESPN Rams reporter Nick Wagoner considers DT Michael Brockers a potential breakout candidate.

Brockers is coming off a solid season after dealing with injuries as a rookie, starting all 16 games and recording 5.5 sacks. He finished as the No. 45 overall defensive tackle by Pro Football Focus, but graded out positively against the run. With the addition of first-round DT Aaron Donald on the inside, Brockers should see less double-teams and more sack opportunities in 2014.

Michael Brockers DL STL 12 Months

Rams DT Michael Brockers underwent cleanup surgery in February to remove bone chips from his left ankle, but is 100 percent for camp.

It's not the same ankle that Brockers hurt last preseason, costing him the first three games of his NFL career. Coach Jeff Fisher has been impressed with Brockers' camp. "He's worked very hard," Fisher said. "He's changed his body, and we think he can be a dominating player inside." We agree with Fisher's assessment.

Michael Brockers DL STL Jul 21 '13

The Rams are expecting "big things" from 2012 first-round pick Michael Brockers in his second year.

Slowed by a high ankle sprain early in his rookie season, Brockers came on very strong down the stretch and ranked 21st in Pro Football Focus' 4-3 defensive tackle run-stopping ratings. Brockers chipped in four sacks and a forced fumble in 12 starts. Brockers won't turn 23 years old until just before Christmas.

Michael Brockers DL STL Oct 18 '12

Michael Brockers led all Rams defensive tackles in snaps during Week 6 with 31.

Brockers has no sacks and two tackles in his three games, but he's contributing up the gut. The first-round rookie is part of an impressively physical Rams defense currently ranked seventh in the league.

Michael Brockers DL STL Oct 01 '12

Rams DT Michael Brockers suffered only "a little tweak" with his troublesome ankle in Sunday's win.

Making his NFL debut, Brockers crumpled to the ground on only his second series, but returned just a few plays later. "Got back in here, wrapped it up again, and got back in there," Brockers said. "Thought about the ankle a little bit. But in the game, the adrenaline's pumping and you kind of forget the ankle's there." Brockers was held off the stat sheet, but saw heavy snaps. He should be ready to make a bigger impact in Week 5.

Michael Brockers DL STL Sep 26 '12

Rams DT Michael Brockers (ankle) resumed practicing Wednesday.

Brockers only got in a limited session, but is "optimistic he'll be ready to play Sunday." The No. 14 pick would go a long way toward fortifying a run defense that's allowed 362 yards through three games. Brockers was impressive in the preseason.

Michael Brockers DL STL Sep 24 '12

Rams DT Michael Brockers (ankle) is expected to resume practicing this week.

Brockers participated in warmups ahead of Sunday's loss to the Bears, and the Rams sound optimistic that he'll be available for Week 4 against Seattle. St. Louis has been getting eviscerated by opposing running games without Brockers in the lineup. The 322-pound widebody's return could only help.

Michael Brockers DL STL Sep 21 '12

Rams DT Michael Brockers has finally shed his walking boot, a first step as he continues to recover from a high ankle sprain.

Brockers won't play against the Bears. In his absence, the Rams' defense has managed to allow a higher yards-per-carry average than any team in football.

Michael Brockers DL STL Sep 14 '12

Rams DT Michael Brockers (ankle) has been ruled out for Week 2.

Brockers' absence could be a bigger deal against the run-savvy Redskins than it was against the pass-happy Lions a week ago. Brockers is dealing with a high ankle sprain. The Rams have yet to place a timetable on his return.

Michael Brockers DL STL Sep 07 '12

Rams rookie DT Michael Brockers (ankle) has been ruled out for Week 1.

A Week 2 return had been Brockers' best-case scenario all along. UDFA Matt Conrath will also be inactive against Detroit with a knee injury, leaving uninspiring holdover Jermelle Cudjo to team up with recent waivers acquisition Kellen Heard next to Kendall Langford. Kevin Smith could be set up for a big game.