Defensive end Kevin Greene (right leg muscle), tackle Gerald Perry (right knee), tailback Marcus Dupree (left big toe), safety Alfred Jackson (right ankle), and guard Duval Love (left knee) will not play in tonight's game against the Seattle Seahawks.
Coach John Robinson said he expects all of them except Jackson to play in the team's exhibition finale Thursday night against the Houston Oilers in Memphis, and said Dupree was healthy enough to play tonight if he had to.
"He says his toe feels better, but he's not really prepared to play," Robinson said Friday.
Jackson's lingering ankle problem could severely dampen his chances of making the team's final roster. Jackson, who was switched to receiver from cornerback last season before being released, is trying to make the team as a backup free safety. He hasn't played or practiced since the first exhibition game.
The defense, coming off a sharp performance Monday night against the San Diego Chargers, is looking to maintain the momentum against Seattle.
"With the new defense and everything, everybody's going to be nervous, so I think the more confidence you can build in the preseason, the better off we'll be when the regular season starts," said Frank Stams, who is battling for the middle linebacker job.
Because the Rams would like to play their final exhibition game with a settled first-string defense, tonight's action could determine whether Stams, front-runner Larry Kelm or Glenell Sanders gets the starting nod.
The Rams are the only NFL team that has never lost to the Seahawks in exhibition (5-0) or in the regular season (4-0). . . . The Seahawks, like the Rams, are 1-1 in exhibition games. . . . No. 1 draft pick Dan McGwire, out of San Diego State, is scheduled to play quarterback for the Seahawks in the second half tonight. . . . The Boys & Girls Club luncheon Friday at the Bonaventure Hotel saluting the Rams' 1951 championship team had some major luminaries in attendance: former NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle, former Dallas Cowboy owner Tex Schramm (who was the Rams' PR director in '51), and NFL Players Assn. chief Gene Upshaw.