Rams' line woes get worse: Slater, Brostek sidelined


ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Rams' struggling offensive line suffered two major losses in Sunday's 24-17 defeat at Green Bay -- right tackle Jackie Slater and center Bern Brostek.

Slater is expected to sit out three weeks because of a slight tear in his triceps muscle, and Brostek will be sidelined two to four weeks because of a small broken bone in his right leg and a sprained right ankle.

The loss of Slater means rookie Wayne Gandy, a first-round draft pick who has struggled so far, is expected to take over as the starting right tackle. Left guard Tom Newberry will move to center in place of Brostek, and second-year player Chuck Belin is expected to become the starting left guard.

With the loss of Slater and Brostek, coach Chuck Knox said the Rams (2-4) plan to work out some free agents this week in hopes of adding depth to the thin offensive line.

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