After saying earlier in the week that Ogletree would begin practicing soon, Rams coach Jeff Fisher confirmed at his press conference on Friday that would indeed be the case.
“Yeah, we’re going to start the window and see how he is,” Fisher told reporters. “He ran outside last week. He’s not ready to play, but we’ll start the window next week and we’ll just see how it goes.”
The 24-year-old Ogletree suffered a broken ankle/fibula in the Rams’ Week 4 road win against the Arizona Cardinals. He was placed on the injured reserve-designated to return list and isn’t eligible to return to game action until next week’s game against the Seattle Seahawks in Seattle.
Once Ogletree begins practicing the Rams have a 21-day window to get him ready and then have to decide whether to return him to the active 53-man roster. The Rams (6-8) have just two games remaining and aren’t likely to make the playoffs, but they could get the linebacker some work before the end of the season.
“The goal would be to see if he’d be available for San Francisco,” Fisher said last week. “If not, then he’s got a head start on the offseason program.”
Ogletree was the Rams’ leading tackler in each of his first two seasons and was leading the team again in that category at the time of his injury.