Brown, back from suspension, will start
By Bill Coats
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
Tuesday, Oct. 02 2007
His third-quarter implosion was barely 24 hours old, and Lenny Walls already
had lost his first-team job.
When the Rams (0-4) host the Arizona Cardinals (2-2) on Sunday, Ron Bartell and
Fakhir Brown will be the starting cornerbacks.
So said coach Scott Linehan — and later defensive coordinator Jim Haslett —
during Monday’s meeting with reporters. Brown has been reinstated after serving
a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy.
Brown, the starter along with Tye Hill last season, will “move right back in
the starting lineup,” Haslett said. “It’ll be good to have him back.”
The Rams don’t have to clear a roster spot for Brown until Saturday.
The team is expected to release cornerback Darius Vinnett, an undrafted rookie.
After leading by just seven points at the half, Dallas broke open Sunday’s game
at Texas Stadium with three third-quarter touchdowns en route to a 35-7
triumph. The first two TDs after intermission came at Walls’ expense.
On the first, he went for the ball along the right sideline and arrived late.
Wide receiver Patrick Crayton made the catch, shrugged off Walls’ tackle
attempt, and cruised 59 yards for the score. Because the Rams were blitzing,
Walls had no help behind him.
“It was a poor decision and a poor tackle,” Haslett said. “He just flat-out got
beat on the next one.”
That was a 37-yard strike in which Crayton got behind Walls, hauled in
quarterback Tony Romo’s pass and again ran free to the end zone.
Walls said he was cramping on the play because he was dehydrated. In any case,
his day was over.
“I didn’t want to do anything else after being beat and not being able to run
... to hurt this team,” Walls said. “So I decided to come out.”
Rookie Jonathan Wade replaced him.
The Cowboys (4-0), who also scored on a 17-yard pass to tight end Jason Witten,
averaged a stunning 17.4 yards per snap in the decisive period.