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    Ankle injury sidelines Rams newcomer

    Read the bold GC :-) Just a matter of time *LOL*


    By Bill Coats
    Of the Post-Dispatch
    Wednesday, Sep. 08 2004

    Just minutes into his second practice with the Rams, safety Zack Bronson
    tumbled to the turf at Rams Park. And stayed there.

    Bronson, who played the last seven seasons with San Francisco, was signed
    Sunday as a free agent. He practiced Monday, and coach Mike Martz indicated
    that Bronson could see significant action in Sunday's season opener against
    Arizona.

    Those plans blew up when Bronson's left ankle rolled over Wednesday. The extent
    of the damage was undetermined, but Martz said it appeared to be "a pretty
    significant" injury. Bronson definitely won't be available Sunday, a Rams
    official said.

    With Bronson and Travis Fisher (broken arm) out, and Jason Sehorn having failed
    a physical exam Wednesday, the Rams are left with only seven defensive backs.
    Cornerback Dwight Anderson, who worked with the second-team defense Wednesday,
    could be brought up from the practice squad.


    The Rams' league-mandated injury report, issued Wednesday afternoon, also
    included wide receiver Torry Holt.

    Holt, who led the NFL in catches and receiving yards last year, was a late
    scratch for the final exhibition game last Thursday in Oakland because of back
    spasms. He's practiced this week but is listed as "questionable," which under
    league guidelines means there's only a 50-50 chance he'll play Sunday.

    Cornerback DeJuan Groce (knee) also is questionable. Fisher and guard Tom
    Nutten (toe) are out, and linebacker Trev Faulk (hamstring) and fullback Joey
    Goodspeed (hamstring) are probable. Receiver Kevin Curtis, bothered for a
    couple of weeks by shin splints, returned to practice Wednesday.

    Changing places

    The locker room at Rams Park has had the look of a busy airport terminal this
    week, people bustling in and out at a hectic pace. Four new players showed up
    Wednesday: Guards Darnell Alford and Blaine Saipaia, defensive end D.J.
    Renteria, and linebacker Dedrick Roper.

    Removed from the roster since Sunday, after final cut-downs, were guard/tackle
    Andy King (released), running back Lamar Gordon (traded) and linebacker Tony
    Newson (moved to the practice squad).

    Martz said he'd never seen so much late movement.

    "But there are significant reasons," he said. "Both of these offensive linemen
    are young players that have the potential to have a future here. And we needed
    somebody that ... can play linebacker, but should be one of your top two or
    three special-teams players. And that's what we expect out of" Roper.

    Renteria has been assigned to the practice squad. But Alford, Saipaia and Roper
    will be active Sunday. Here's a quick look at each:

    Alford, 27, was one of Kansas City's last cuts. The 6- foot-4,
    334-pound Boston College product has played in five NFL games in four seasons.

    Noting that the Chiefs run virtually the same offense as the Rams, Alford said:
    "I should be able to get right in and get ready ... instead of (the Rams)
    teaching the whole thing to somebody who'd never seen it before."

    Saipaia, 26, was released Sunday by Oakland. He joined the Rams less
    than a week after playing against them. "It's a little weird," he said, "but
    it's just all part of the game."

    He said that after being cut, "You just hope for the best and prepare for the
    worst. Fortunately for me, something came up right away."

    The 6-3, 310-pounder out of Colorado State has appeared in just one NFL game in
    four years.

    Roper, 23, is a 6-2, 245-pound rookie from Northwood University, an
    NCAA Division II school in Midland, Mich. He had been assigned to Pittsburgh's
    practice squad before the Rams claimed him off the waiver wire.

    "I was actually dressed and ready to go out to practice and they told me my
    contract was claimed," said Roper, who got plenty of work Wednesday in
    special-teams drills. "This is definitely a blessing."


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    Re: Ankle injury sidelines Rams newcomer

    Geez. I wonder if that has anything to do with the lack of training camp/practice football conditioning time? Another reason why Pace signing at the end of camp is risky.

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    Re: Ankle injury sidelines Rams newcomer

    Injuries can kill you. I'm beginning to wonder if we will make it past all these...

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    Re: Ankle injury sidelines Rams newcomer

    Quote Originally Posted by sbramfan
    Injuries can kill you. I'm beginning to wonder if we will make it past all these...
    You're right, SB. Injuries stink, but everybody else has to deal with them too (except for the Packers, how do they keep'em healthy?). Best example, is the Cardinals. Here they come into the Ed knowing that they have to win this one in a shoot-out since their D won't stop us and their O has been their center of concentration. And then what do you know, their top two offensive weapons (Bolden & Shipp) get hurt. The injury bug is going to get somebody, it's just a matter of when.
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    Re: Ankle injury sidelines Rams newcomer

    don't forget Fitzgerald is probably out this game also.

    Great time for a depleted Rams secondary to play a depleted Cardinals WR corp and also knowing that they may have to rely on Troy Hambrick for a running attack.

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    Re: Ankle injury sidelines Rams newcomer

    Injuries could have been worse if Sehorn had been allowed on the team. There's really nothing we can do about it.
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    Re: Ankle injury sidelines Rams newcomer

    Quote Originally Posted by adarian_too
    Geez. I wonder if that has anything to do with the lack of training camp/practice football conditioning time? Another reason why Pace signing at the end of camp is risky.
    I guess that's why we should really appreciate Pace's solo offseason training, then. It sounds as if he came into camp in great shape.
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    Re: Ankle injury sidelines Rams newcomer

    Quote Originally Posted by txramsfan
    don't forget Fitzgerald is probably out this game also.

    Great time for a depleted Rams secondary to play a depleted Cardinals WR corp and also knowing that they may have to rely on Troy Hambrick for a running attack.
    Why wouldn't Fitzgerald be playing? If you know something, please tell me. This has fantasy team implications for yours truly.
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    Re: Ankle injury sidelines Rams newcomer

    Why do some people think that a twisted ankle is necessarily caused by missing training camp?


    Let's review...

    Coincidence - two events occurring simultaneously or sequentially that, though appearing to be related, are, in fact, unrelated other than temporally.

    Causation - two events that occur sequentially where one has prompted or produced the other.

    Now, what proof do any of us have that a particular injury (i.e. Bronson's twisted ankle) was caused by his previous inactivity, rather than merely being coincidental with his inactivity?

    To answer this question, you may ask yourself this - is it possible for the best conditioned athlete on the team who has not missed a day of training camp to nonetheless turn and sprain an ankle?

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    Re: Ankle injury sidelines Rams newcomer

    Quote Originally Posted by DJRamFan
    Injuries could have been worse if Sehorn had been allowed on the team.
    So true. Arch might have had to break Sehorn's foot again ... just to do the team a favor this time.


    Quote Originally Posted by NickTheGreek
    I guess that's why we should really appreciate Pace's solo offseason training, then. It sounds as if he came into camp in great shape.
    I might agree with you more if I believed that his off-season training program emphasized achieving football condition as opposed to physical condition.

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