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    Berlin at QB?

    By Jim Thomas
    Tuesday, Dec. 04 2007

    Don't look now, but the Rams could be one failed neuropsych test away from
    starting Brock Berlin at quarterback Sunday in Cincinnati.

    That's because Gus Frerotte has a sprained throwing shoulder and a partially
    torn labrum. He is expected to miss at least one week. Meanwhile, Marc Bulger
    is scheduled to take another neuropsych test today.

    Bulger sat out the Atlanta game because of a concussion he suffered the
    previous week against Seattle. If Bulger doesn't pass the neuropsych test
    today, he will not be cleared to play against the Bengals.

    The test consists of a series of questions and problems that test memory and
    the ability to process information through use of pictures, numbers and words.
    Bulger did not do well enough on the test last Wednesday to be cleared to play
    against Atlanta.

    Meanwhile, cornerback Tye Hill has a wrist-thumb injury that may require
    surgery. His status is uncertain for Cincinnati.

    When asked about the possibility of facing the Bengals without Bulger or
    Frerotte, Linehan said, "I want to think positive and go with the glass half

    But then he added, "It's a little concerning at this point."

    Linehan made his comments at his regular Monday news conference before he knew
    the results

    of Frerotte's MRI exam. According to team sources, the results showed the
    shoulder and labrum problems.

    After throwing for 311 yards and three touchdowns against Atlanta, Frerotte
    completed the game with some soreness in his right shoulder. The Rams didn't
    think much of it at the time, because Frerotte was able to finish the game.

    But Linehan said Monday, "It was much more sore today than right after the

    Frerotte suffered the injury late in the third quarter while throwing a deep
    pass for wide receiver Torry Holt that was intercepted by Atlanta safety Lawyer

    "He fell down on it kind of funny," Linehan said.

    Frerotte was hit hard by Falcons defensive end Jamaal Anderson in what looked
    like a late hit. But there was no flag on the play for roughing the passer.

    "They're judgment calls," Linehan said. "If they think (Anderson) took an extra
    step, they call it. I personally think they should err on protecting the

    The Rams were considering sending in the play for review by the NFL.

    As for Bulger, Linehan said Monday that he has seen an improvement in his star
    quarterback's condition in recent days.

    "I think he's a lot better," Linehan said. "I thought he was way better by the
    end of the week. He seemed very much himself this weekend. I'm hopeful and
    cautious until I get the results of the test."

    Nonetheless, the Rams are moving immediately to shore up their depth at the
    quarterback position. Veteran Todd Bouman will come to Rams Park for a visit
    and physical today, and is expected to sign with the team.

    Bouman, 35, is an 11-year NFL veteran out of St. Cloud State, He has played
    with Minnesota, Green Bay, New Orleans, and Jacksonville. In 42 career games,
    including six starts, Bouman has completed 129 of 230 passes (56.1 percent),
    for 1,613 yards, 11 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

    He knows the Rams' offense, having played for Linehan in 2002 in Minnesota,
    when Linehan was the Vikings' offensive coordinator. Bouman also spent three
    seasons with Rams defensive coordinator Jim Haslett in New Orleans when Haslett
    was the Saints' head coach.

    This season, Bouman spent three weeks on Jacksonville's active roster but did
    not see action. He was released by the Jaguars on Nov. 20.

    As for Hill, Linehan is keeping his fingers crossed that he will be able to
    play this week and finish out the season in the Rams' secondary.

    "He's had a problem with his thumb," Linehan said. "It's one of those ligament
    issues where he's going to have to look at either rehabbing it or getting it

    Linehan said the injury has bothered Hill for some time, but that he aggravated
    the condition at some point during the Atlanta game. Hill made a critical
    fourth-down pass breakup near the goal line with 2 minutes, 14 seconds to play,
    helping to preserve the Rams' 28-16 victory.

    "He came in (Monday) and it was a little more of an injury than maybe we were
    aware of," Linehan said.

    So Hill underwent additional testing and examination Monday.

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    Re: Berlin at QB?

    Meanwhile, cornerback Tye Hill has a wrist-thumb injury that may require
    surgery. His status is uncertain for Cincinnati.
    Going to Cinny with no Hill is going to be rough.

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    Re: Berlin at QB?

    Play it safe, let Bulger sit, see if Berlin can be a competent back up...

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    Re: Berlin at QB?

    At 3-9, it really doesn't matter anymore. We don't want to damage the franchise QB permanently. Give Berlin a shot if that's the safe move. I wish I could say is that he just can't play bad and lose the game, but with our offense, the pressure is on the QB to win it. So, it's definately not looking good this weekend. Does anyone know if Berlin has any mobility or is he a pocket passer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by moloch41 View Post
    Does anyone know if Berlin has any mobility or is he a pocket passer?
    Good question. Why don't you try asking


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