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    Fisher, Butler work back from injuries

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    Saturday, Jul. 29 2006

    Compared to doing rehab, practicing in 96-degree heat Saturday is a piece of
    cake for Rams cornerbacks Travis Fisher and Jerametrius Butler.

    "If I had an enemy, that's what I'd put him through," Butler said about the
    endless rehab he endured last year after undergoing knee surgery. "I don't want
    to go back and do rehab. It's that bad. It's worse than a regular job."

    Fisher agreed.

    "It was grueling," said Fisher, who missed the final eight games of last
    season with a groin injury.

    Rams coach Scott Linehan said both players have been working hard in
    training camp at Rams Park.

    "I think they're doing great," Linehan said. "I mean they're not hurt, so
    that's a good start. I think they've been responding very well to their
    opportunity that's in front of them. I think their consistent level of play and
    their willingness to accept the new defense has been, not a surprise, but
    brought a lot of positive thoughts to us in the coaching meeting room, I can
    tell you that."

    Butler, a fifth-round draft pick in 2001, broke into the starting lineup in
    2003. He started 15 games and had four interceptions. He came into his own in
    2004 when he started all 16 games including both postseason contests. He
    established career highs with 100 (78 solo) tackles, one fumble recovery and 22
    passes defensed. He led the Rams with five interceptions.

    That bright promise was set back when Butler tore a right knee ligament
    during the first day of training camp last year. Covering Isaac Bruce on a
    10-yard inside pattern, Butler planted his leg and made a cut. Immediately,
    Butler said he knew he hurt his knee.

    Butler had surgery on the knee at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New
    York City. Butler missed the entire 2005 campaign.

    "It was frustrating," Butler said about sitting out. "I wanted to be out
    there like any other player. It was hard to watch because they played so
    horribly."

    Fisher, a second-round pick in the 2002 draft, started 11 games as a rookie
    and 15 games in 2003 in which he picked off four passes. A broken arm in the
    2004 preseason caused Fisher to miss six games, but he started the last 10
    contests.

    Injuries thwarted Fisher again last season. He went on the injured reserve
    list with a groin injury and did not play in the final eight games.

    "My body is feeling fine," Fisher said. "It was very difficult trying to
    play basically with one leg. I wanted to help the guys and I wasn't able to do
    that."

    Linehan has noticed Fisher pilfered two passes during the morning practice
    at Rams Park. He said he likes what he has seen from the nickel back so far in
    training camp.

    "Fish has been great," Linehan said. "Obviously, he's a very good corner and
    improving at that spot. But he's really accepted the role playing in that
    nickel position. That's a specialty role in this league because a lot of team
    play three wideouts.

    "You need a coverage guy in there who cannot only cover but take on blockers
    and be a key blitzer. So far, so good. I'm excited for Fish."

    The two cornerbacks have competition for their old jobs. St. Louis drafted
    cornerback Tye Hill in the first round and signed free agent Fakhir Brown.
    Returning veterans are Dwight Anderson, DeJuan Groce and Ron Bartell.

    "There's a lot of good guys in the secondary," receiver Isaac Bruce said.
    "There's no room for a guy to take a play or two off or even a day off because
    a lot of guys out there are looking to move up the depth chart."

    To help himself, Fisher slimmed down 13 pounds to 188 pounds this season.

    "I'm happy and healthy," Fisher said. "It's been a while. I feel real good
    this training camp. If I stay healthy, I'm going to prove I'm one of the best
    cornerbacks in the NFL."

    NOTES: Defensive tackle La'Roi Glover did not practice Saturday morning.
    Linehan said the 290-pounder lost too much weight in the Friday evening
    practice and sat out. "He's a guy who sweats a lot and loses a lot of water
    weight," Linehan said. "We wanted to give him a break." ... Bruce, 33, said
    last year he felt he had one more Super Bowl in his before he calls it a
    career. He revised that Saturday. "I feel like I have two," Bruce said. "I
    upgraded it." ... Linehan said there is nothing new about when Hill will be
    signed and in camp. "I think it'll get done," Linehan said. "I'm not letting it
    sap my energy."


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    Re: Fisher, Butler work back from injuries

    linehan talks about fisher taking on blockers and being a good blitzer,i dont see either of these from fisher,i dont think he will last a whole season if he has to be physical.

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    Re: Fisher, Butler work back from injuries

    I am happy that Butler is going to be back. He has a good nose for the ball and I expect that we will see more interceptions from him.

    Fisher has a lot to prove in my mind. He played horribly last year and I don't know if that was all due to injuries.
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    Re: Fisher, Butler work back from injuries

    Fisher should be hitting his peak as a DB in this point of his career. Looks like he'll be used exclusively as a nickel back, so I'm not that concerned about his past performance in filling that roll. Butler hopefully will get over his injury mentally. It sounds like its still rolling around in his head, and that isn't good for a CB who must react instinctively without thinking. If that knee is still prevalent in his mind while he's out there on the field, he may not make the quick cut or put stress on that leg he otherwise would have to make the play.
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