R.B. FALLSTROM

Associated Press


ST. LOUIS - Seldom-used St. Louis Rams defensive back Dwight Anderson has a very big role this week in practice. On the scout team offense, he's playing the part of Michael Vick.

Anderson, an undrafted rookie free agent, sees time primarily on special teams and he's been inactive the last two weeks. But according to coach Mike Martz, he's best suited to mimic the dangerous Atlanta Falcons quarterback heading into Saturday's NFC playoff game.

Martz said Anderson was actually the choice of defensive coordinator Larry Marmie. He kept the defense on its toes - just what his coaches wanted.

"He really does have speed and quickness, unusual speed," Martz said. "You could see him running around out there, it was pretty good.

"He does a nice job."

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KENNEDY IMPACT: One defensive lineman who wasn't chasing Anderson in practice on Wednesday was Jimmy Kennedy, who has soreness in the right foot he broke in training camp. Kennedy missed half the season with the injury and the Rams for a time had considered placing him on injured reserve.

But Kennedy is expected to return to practice on Thursday and Martz expects the team's 2003 first-round pick to make an impact on game day. He's listed as probable.

"They say we'll have him for the rest of the year, but it's going to be sore for him," Martz said. "It's not an issue for him so I'm not going to worry about it."

Kennedy will be making his sixth straight start on Saturday. He had one of the big defensive stops late in last week's 27-20 first-round victory over the Seahawks with a 6-yard sack of Matt Hasselbeck.

"I had no idea that he would come back and play as well as he has," Martz said. "I thought he'd help us but he's done more than that."

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MOSS FACTOR: Martz gives the thumbs-down to the Randy Moss mooning situation, although he understands.

It has been reported that Moss' pantomime act after catching a touchdown pass for the Vikings last week was in response to Packers' fans mooning the opposition team bus.

"If you've ever been on that team bus pulling out in Green Bay, what's said to you and thrown at you, I've never been in a situation so brutal and rude and crude as that place," Martz said. "Oakland can't hold a candle to this place.

"In Oakland if they don't like you they'll stick you with a knife or shoot you. Here, they're just rude and crude."

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ROAD WOES: Last week's victory at Seattle raised the Rams' road record to a still abysmal 3-6. Martz' solution, even when the Rams were a perfect 8-0 in the regular season in 2001, is to not mention it.

"Who cares?" Martz said. "Just go and play. You start talking about it, then guys start thinking about it.

"In Seattle, we never addressed it."

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INJURY REPORT: The Rams have a short injury list, with only DE Tyoka Jackson (sprained ankle) and RB Arlen Harris (hamstring) questionable. WR Isaac Bruce (groin/hand), RB Steven Jackson (ribs), Kennedy, OG Tom Nutten (knee) and OG Adam Timmerman (foot/knee) probable. Nutten also was held out Wednesday. ... WR Mike Furrey, who led a special teams resurgence with two tackles last week, missed practice because his wife was having a baby.