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Lately, Rams backup Clemens taking some hard knocks

  • St. Louis Rams' Kellen Clemens walks off the field after an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Glendale, Ariz. The Cardinals defeated the Rams 30-10. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

    St. Louis Rams' Kellen Clemens walks off the field after an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Glendale, Ariz. The Cardinals defeated the Rams 30-10. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)  (The Associated Press)

  • Injured St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford walks off the field with teammates after an NFL football game loss to the Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Glendale, Ariz. The Cardinals defeated the Rams 30-10. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

    Injured St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford walks off the field with teammates after an NFL football game loss to the Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Glendale, Ariz. The Cardinals defeated the Rams 30-10. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)  (The Associated Press)

  • St. Louis Rams' Kellen Clemens passes against the Arizona Cardinals during the first half of an NFL football game on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

    St. Louis Rams' Kellen Clemens passes against the Arizona Cardinals during the first half of an NFL football game on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)  (The Associated Press)

Missing starting quarterback Sam Bradford, the St. Louis Rams' offense has suffered.

Kellen Clemens' best quality might be toughness.

Clemens is set to make his seventh start as Bradford's stand-in Sunday against the New Orleans Saints. Clemens has been banged around plenty, but hasn't missed a snap.

The Rams were 3-4 with Bradford, recuperating from left knee surgery. They're 2-4 without the first overall pick of the 2010 draft and have totaled 23 points the last two weeks against a pair of the NFL's top defenses.

Clemens was sacked four times last week at Arizona, most notably a blindside hit from Karlos Dansby in the fourth quarter that left him woozy. Clemens was sacked three times the previous week at San Francisco.

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