By Bill Coats
Thursday, Oct. 27 2005

Barring a sudden recovery, Rams quarterback Marc Bulger will watch from the
Edward Jones Dome sideline Sunday for the second consecutive week.

Interim head coach Joe Vitt said Bulger's injured throwing shoulder was "a
little bit" better Thursday. Then Vitt added: "I don't think Marc's going to
play this weekend. I think we're going to keep him down."

The injury, described as a sprained AC joint, occurred in the first half Oct.
17 at Indianapolis as Bulger tried to chase down the Colts' Cato June after an
interception. Bulger, who suffered a similar injury last season that kept him
out of two games, was hurt when he was blocked to the turf by linebacker David

Bulger threw on Monday and Wednesday this week but not Thursday and remained
"doubtful" on the injury list. Jamie Martin has taken all the reps with the
first unit as the Rams (3-4) prepare for Sunday's game with Jacksonville (4-
2). He completed 18 of 29 passes for 198 yards in last week's 28-17 victory
over New Orleans,

Martin will be making only the fifth start of his 11-year career.

Bruce, Holt still out

Also for the second Sunday in a row, Martin most likely won't have wide
receivers Isaac Bruce and Torry Holt at his disposal. Both were downgraded to
"doubtful" Thursday.

Bruce has missed four games with a toe injury he suffered late in the first
half Sept. 25 vs. Tennessee. Holt has a strained ligament in his right knee
that kept him out of the Saints game.

Holt was injured in the first half Oct. 9 against Seattle, but he returned to
that game and also played the next week in Indianapolis, catching a team-high
six passes for 70 yards. He said "soreness started to kick in" after halftime.
He hasn't been on the practice field since.

Little's statusis uncertain

With Leonard Little still out of town and his replacement, Tyoka Jackson,
nursing a minor toe injury, Brian Howard and Brandon Green took first-team reps
Thursday at left defensive end.

Jackson, however, should be back on the field today. He was held out as a
precaution, Vitt said. Jackson blocked a field goal attempt and forced a fumble
last Sunday.

Little's status remains uncertain. He has been with family members since his
24-year-old brother, Jermaine, was fatally shot Oct. 17 in Harriman, Tenn.

Martz drops by

Rams coach Mike Martz surprised everyone by showing up Thursday in the Rams
Park media room. Martz announced Monday he would miss the rest of the season
for treatment of endocarditis, a bacterial infection of a heart valve.

Martz explained that he was at Rams Park to complete some paperwork in advance
of his sinus surgery next week. He had a brief, light-hearted discussion with
several reporters and reported that his health was improving.


Offensive lineman Richie Incognito was excused from practice the past two days
due to an illness in his family. ... Guard Joe Tate, 24, has been added to the
practice squad. Tate, 6 feet 5 inches and 291 pounds, spent the 2004 season on
the Jaguars' practice squad. He's a Michigan State product. . . . The Rams are
6-10 in games before their bye week.