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    Archuleta will be in lineup at strong safety Monday
    By Jim Thomas
    Of the Post-Dispatch
    Saturday, Oct. 16 2004

    A healthier back has put Adam Archuleta back in the starting lineup. After
    being reduced to duty in the Rams' nickel and dime packages the past two games,
    Archuleta will start at strong safety Monday night against Tampa Bay.

    "It's starting to get a little bit better," Archuleta said. "Hopefully, my goal
    is to get through the bye week and try to return 100 percent. But I'm feeling a
    lot better than I did."

    The Rams enter their bye week following an Oct. 24 game in Miami. Archuleta has
    a bulging disc in his lower back. So far, he has avoided injections to treat
    the injury and hopes to keep it that way.

    "We're trying not to go that route," Archuleta said. "If it gets worse, then
    that may be an option. But I would prefer not to. We're doing treatment, and
    just a lot of body work."

    Even with the reduced role the last two games, Archuleta still ranks second on
    the team with 46 tackles. He had eight tackles against both Seattle and San
    Francisco. Rich Coady, who started in Archuleta's place in those two games,
    goes back to his role as the Rams' fifth defensive back.

    When asked if the lighter workload on game day helped the past two Sundays,
    Archuleta said: "I don't think it makes really a big difference. I'm trying to
    take care of myself, and see the right people, and do the right rehab things,
    and that seems to help."

    Thomas sits

    The Rams may be regaining one defensive starter in Archuleta, but could be
    minus another - middle linebacker Robert Thomas - against the Bucs. Thomas
    watched in sweats during Saturday's practice, the last full workout of the week
    prior to Monday night.

    Thomas suffered a sprained ankle in Game 3 against New Orleans. Before the
    ***** and Seahawks games, Thomas had limited work early in the week but
    practiced at the end of the week, then played that Sunday. That wasn't the case
    this week.

    Thomas, who is fourth on the team with 36 tackles, was added to the team's
    official injury report Friday and listed as probable. Rookie Brandon Chillar
    would start at middle linebacker in Thomas's place.

    Bulger's shoulder shows improvement

    The Rams were concerned enough about quarterback Marc Bulger's throwing arm
    that he underwent an MRI earlier in the week. But the exam showed no structural
    damage. Bulger didn't miss any practice time.

    "It was bruised," Bulger said following Saturday afternoon's workout. "It was
    just a little weak. It's getting better each day. Monday it'll be 100 percent."

    But Bulger conceded he was a little concerned following the team's first of the
    week on Thursday about how the arm would feel the next day.

    "But it felt good, so I was excited about that," he said. "And it just got
    stronger every day."

    Bulger absorbed a few hard shots in the 33-27 overtime victory over Seattle,
    but didn't know exactly when he injured the shoulder.

    "That's weird," he said. "The ones that hurt real bad (at the time), seem to go
    away. I noticed my shoulder towards the end of the game. But then after the
    game, it didn't hurt at all."

    But Bulger said he started to feel it on the plane ride back to St. Louis, as
    well as the next morning.

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