When darkness fell, so did the 1990 Rams.
In four night games last season, the Rams were 0-4 and outscored, 125-48. They saved their closest failure for last, a 20-17 loss to the New Orleans Saints on the final Monday night of the season.
Sunday night against New Orleans, the Rams will play the first of three 1991 night games.
No. 1 draft choice Todd Lyght, sidelined the first two weeks because of a hip injury and rustiness from a summer-long holdout, will see his first action in the Superdome.
Lyght will be one of the team's extra defensive backs on passing downs, probably playing one of the slot positions.
"Sitting on the sideline and watching the team is very tough," Lyght said. "It's much more difficult than I ever thought. I remember going out to the first game against Phoenix and sitting in the tunnel right before we ran out, and just the feeling of emptiness that I had.
"I'm just glad it's all over. I've gone through my bumps and bruises and I'm just ready to play some ball."
The Rams say that with right cornerback Darryl Henley playing so well, there is no hurry to get Lyght into the lineup and risk further injury.
Defensive tackle Alvin Wright (sore shoulder), linebacker Fred Strickland (strained left knee) and tackle Jackie Slater (shoulder injury) did not practice Friday and are not expected to be available Sunday night.