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Cortland Finnegan suffered a thigh injury after Anquan Boldin had crushed his soul

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If case you have not been poring over St. Louis Rams tape this season, here's a bulletin: Cornerback Cortland Finnegan has been struggling.

And a reminder for you non-capologists out there: He makes a lot of money.

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In the second quarter of the Rams-San Francisco 49ers game on Thursday, Finnegan — who had been torched a few times by 49ers receiver Anquan Boldin — was listed as questionable to return with a thigh injury.

Now don't get us wrong here. We're not going to suggest that Finnegan tapped out of this one, although he never did come back in what was a 35-11 whipping by the 49ers over the home Rams.

But Boldin whipsawed him on an out-and-up move for a touchdown, the 49ers' first score in more than 73 minutes going back to last week, and earlier had gained huge separation on a long completion.

Finnegan looks like a shell of his 2011 self — the player who had a Pro Bowl-type of season in Tennessee and turned it into a five-year, $50 million deal with the Rams. Although he played relatively well at times last season, the dropoff has been evident this season.

Is it the thigh? Who knows? But the Rams are shackled to a lot of money in what looks like a bad contract right now.

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