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    Change is in the air — and on field

    By Bill Coats
    Thursday, Oct. 04 2007

    The physical improvements to the Edward Jones Dome won't be completed until
    2009. But football fans here will see plenty of new looks Sunday, when the
    winless Rams face Arizona.

    They extend well past the depth chart at quarterback, where veteran Gus
    Frerotte has moved up to No. 1 so the banged-up Marc Bulger can have time to
    heal, and coach Scott Linehan replacing offensive coordinator Greg Olson as the

    Here are other modifications:

    — Richie Incognito, who has been out with a high-ankle sprain since mid-August,
    practiced Wednesday and is expected to be in the lineup at right guard.

    — Fakhir Brown is back after serving a four-game suspension for violating the
    NFL's substance-abuse policy and already has been re-installed as a starter at

    — Jerome Carter and Todd Johnson are working at strong safety in place of Corey
    Chavous, who suffered a chest injury in Dallas.

    — Andy McCollum is sharing reps at left guard with Claude Terrell. McCollum, a
    center for most of his 14-year career, started all 16 games at left guard in

    — With Adam Goldberg (knee) out for at least a month, Milford Brown and Brandon
    Gorin are splitting duty at right tackle.

    — Marques Hagans, the No. 3 quarterback the first four games, will be on the
    game-day roster at receiver, with Looker and possibly Isaac Bruce (hamstring)

    The most significant developments are the returns of Incognito and Brown. The
    offensive line has been battered — starters Orlando Pace and Mark Setterstrom
    have sustained season-ending injuries — and the secondary has been without both
    2006 starting cornerbacks for three weeks.

    "I was so excited to practice," Incognito said. "I got more excited the more I
    could do, the more I pushed off on (the ankle). It's just great to be back
    playing football again."

    Terrell and Milford Brown each started two games at right guard while Incognito
    rehabbed an injury he aggravated in the week before the season opener, setting
    him back even further.

    Ron Bartell took over for Brown at right cornerback, and after Tye Hill
    suffered a back injury in practice, Lenny Walls started three games on the left
    side. Walls gave up two touchdowns to Cowboys wideout Patrick Crayton in
    Sunday's 35-7 loss, and Linehan didn't hesitate to drop him for Brown.

    At practice Wednesday, Brown said he "felt a little rusty. But later ... I
    caught my second wind and I was pretty good."

    Carter is the likely starter if Chavous can't go, although Johnson probably
    would sub for him in the nickel package.

    McCollum, who lost the starting center's job to Brett Romberg in the preseason,
    said he felt comfortable at guard Wednesday and acknowledged that he was
    surprised his services weren't called upon earlier.

    "I wish I could have gotten out there," said McCollum, 37. "I'm not foolish
    enough to think I can turn this whole thing around by being on the field, but I
    think I can contribute to helping us get a win."

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    Re: Change is in the air — and on field

    Let's hope our team starts to gel. All the changes make me wonder?

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