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    Decision on injured Bruce will be made at game time

    Decision on injured Bruce will be made at game time
    BY KATHLEEN NELSON AND JIM THOMAS
    Of the Post-Dispatch
    Friday, Jan. 14 2005

    Wide receiver Isaac Bruce took part in a light practice Friday at Rams Park
    and continued to be listed as questionable, meaning he has a 50 percent chance
    of playing tonight when the Rams meet the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC
    semifinals.

    Bruce entered last week's game against Seattle with hip and hand injuries and
    suffered what was listed as a groin injury. When first asked about Bruce on
    Friday, Rams coach Mike Martz said he would decide before game time whether
    Bruce would play, then sounded as if he was leaning toward playing him.

    "We'll see how he's doing," Martz said. "I think he's going to be fine, but
    we'll just check him out before the game and make sure. He's got a small muscle
    strain in his stomach, which is something I'm sure he'll probably play with.
    I'm not overly concerned about it, but we'll see at game time. The smart thing
    was to keep him out (of practice)."

    Bruce got limited work in practice all week. He did a few things Friday, but
    the Rams' final workout of the week lasted only an hour. About 15 minutes of
    the session was devoted to special teams. Even during offensive and defensive
    team periods, the work was done only at about two-thirds speed.

    Bruce was unavailable for comment after practice. Actually, all players were
    unavailable. On a tight schedule, the Rams left in buses for Lambert Field and
    the flight to Atlanta about an hour after practice Friday afternoon.

    Kevin Curtis normally is Bruce's backup, and he had several catches Jan. 2
    against the New York Jets in Bruce's spot after Bruce suffered a bruised hip.
    If Bruce is sidelined or limited against the Falcons, Dane Looker would get on
    the field in four-wide-receiver sets.

    Other injuries
    Martz was more certain in all but ruling out defensive lineman Tyoka Jackson,
    who also was listed as questionable with a sprained ankle.

    When asked if Jackson would play, Martz said, "Probably not. That's a high
    ankle sprain."

    Though guard Tom Nutten aggravated his injured left knee in practice Thursday,
    Martz sounded as if he expected him to play. Nutten was listed as probable
    Friday and took a regular turn in practice wearing a knee brace.

    "These are significant injuries, and he continues to play and play well," Martz
    said. "He's there for us. He's always been there for us."

    Nutten has a torn medial collateral ligament in the knee, a non-surgical
    injury.

    Other Rams on the injury report included running back Arlen Harris, listed as
    questionable because of a hamstring injury. Listed as probable were running
    back Steven Jackson (ribs), defensive tackle Jimmy Kennedy (foot) and guard
    Adam Timmerman (foot, knee).

    The groin injury that slowed Leonard Little last week appears to have abated
    somewhat. Martz said Little seemed to be completely healed, and Little said it
    felt better.

    "The last game, it bothered me a lot," Little said Thursday. "But it's the
    playoffs, and I've got to try to block it out, try to go out there and play
    anyway because my team is counting on me. ... I'll probably play a little bit
    more this week than I did last week. It feels a lot better today than at this
    time last week. So I'll probably get more snaps this week."

    With Tyoka Jackson probably a scratch, and Little potentially limited, Erik
    Flowers is expected to play for the second week in a row.



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    Re: Decision on injured Bruce will be made at game time

    Bruce will play, the question is for how long and how well. Historically, Ike is at his best in the biggest games and tonight will be no different.

    ramming speed to all,

    general counsel

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