Lately, Rams backup Clemens taking some hard knocks

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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