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    Despite scare, streak continues for Tinoisamoa

    By Jim Thomas
    Sunday, Sep. 17 2006

    Since being selected in the second round of the 2003 draft, it has become a
    given that linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa will be on the field for St. Louis. He
    has played in all 52 regular season and postseason games since then for the
    Rams. No other defensive player on the current roster can make the same claim.

    So it was surprising to see Tinoisamoa listed on the team's injury report this
    week as questionable with a sprained foot.

    "My mom got scared," Tinoisamoa said. "She read in the papers that I was
    questionable. She was like, 'What's going on? You didn't tell me.' "

    Not to worry. After sitting out Wednesday's practice to rest the foot,
    Tinoisamoa was back at practice Thursday and Friday, and will start against San

    "It was a bruise," Tinoisamoa said. "It was real tender (on Wednesday). I
    didn't want to try to make it more swollen than it had to be."

    Tinoisamoa suffered the injury at the end of a play against Denver.

    "It was kind of a freaky play," he said. "I shouldn't have been standing around
    the pile. But I was standing around the pile and someone fell on top of it."

    It takes a lot to get Tinoisamoa off the field. In 2004, he started all 16
    games and recorded a career-high 145 tackles despite suffering a dislocated
    shoulder in the season opener. The shoulder popped out of place at least eight
    times that season, and required surgery in the offseason, but Tinoisamoa kept
    playing with the help of a shoulder harness.

    Tinoisamoa has led the Rams in tackles all three seasons with St. Louis, but
    early indications are that he has a better supporting cast in 2006.

    "It seems like we're kind of fighting for plays out there," he said. "And it's
    a good thing. It's a friendly competition. ... You see a bunch of guys just
    running like crazed cats to get the ballcarrier."

    Westward bound

    In a break from past routine, the Rams were scheduled to leave St. Louis for
    San Francisco late this morning, a couple of hours earlier than usual for West
    Coast trips. Instead of having their normal Saturday walk-through practice at
    Rams Park, the Rams were scheduled to do so at Monster Park in San Francisco.

    Coach Scott Linehan said the Rams will follow that routine for all five Western
    trips this season. Besides the San Francisco game, the Rams play at Seattle, at
    Oakland, at San Diego, and at Arizona this season.

    "You try not to make it a tedious schedule," Linehan said. "We're giving them a
    little more time off between (Friday) and the time we get on the plane, so that
    they get some time away. So Saturday isn't like Groundhog Day."

    Incognito fined

    After being flagged twice for illegal chop blocks in the Rams' exhibition game
    against Kansas City on Aug. 26, offensive lineman Richie Incognito said he
    expected to be fined by the NFL.

    The league didn't "disappoint," fining Incognito $5,000. Teammate Andy
    McCollum, who was part of a high-low combination block on one of the penalties,
    was fined $2,500.

    "Andy was the second guy in," Incognito said. "They usually fine the second guy
    in on those."

    Incognito is in the process of appealing his fine. "Sometimes they'll reduce
    it," he said.

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    Re: Despite scare, streak continues for Tinoisamoa

    I'm impressed, didn't realize Tino was so tough. Should be a close competition between Tino and Witherspoon for tackles leader this season.


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    Re: Despite scare, streak continues for Tinoisamoa

    Pisa is real tough. I remember him playing with the dislocated shoulder. He can play with pain.

    I am pretty sure he will be playing tomorrow.

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    Re: Despite scare, streak continues for Tinoisamoa

    One thing that I like is Linehan going to San Fransisco earlier to let them practice on the Monster Park field, instead of Rams Park.

    It'll get them better adjusted to the playing condition of the field.

    Great move by Linehan!


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