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    Grieving Leonard Little says he's ready to resume playing

    By Jim Thomas
    Friday, Nov. 11 2005

    The shooting death of his brother Jermaine on Oct. 17 hit Leonard Little hard.
    On Friday, it was clear that 3 1/2 weeks is not nearly enough time to ease the

    Twice on Friday, Little was asked questions related to the death of his
    brother. Both times, he couldn't speak. Simply couldn't speak. Instead, he
    stood silently for several seconds in front of his locker at Rams Park, eyes
    welling up, until the next question from reporters broke the silence.

    "It's good to be back around the fellas," Little said. "The last few weeks, the
    fellas have been giving me calls, giving me updates on how everything was
    going. So it's nice to be back around these guys and playing."

    After missing the past two games to be with his family, Little returns to the
    starting lineup at defensive end Sunday in Seattle.

    Despite concerns about weight loss during his absence, Little said: "I'm fine.
    I'm back up to my playing weight. We had last week off (for the bye week). I
    was back here lifting weights and working out. So I'm back to my playing

    Despite missing games and practice for two weeks, Little feels he'll be able to
    play a lot against the Seahawks.

    "We've got a system where if I get tired, I come out anyway," Little said.
    "Coach (Bill) Kollar, I'm pretty sure he's conscious of that. So if I get tired
    or anything, I can come out and take myself out of the game."

    Kollar is the Rams' defensive line coach.

    "The only thing I can do is go out there and try to do my best, and try to
    bring the same thing I brought to this team before," Little said.

    Which is a lot, as a pass rusher and run defender.

    "He's arguably our best defensive player," said linebacker Trev Faulk, whose
    locker is next to Little's. "He's one of the best defensive players in the
    league. ... So it's a huge, huge lift - just his presence being out there."

    Little kept up with the team as best as he could while home in Asheville, N.C.,
    with his family. The Rams' games weren't televised in Asheville, so Little used
    an information feature on his cellphone to track the team.

    "I would get on my cellphone and 'refresh' every play," Little said. "That's
    the only thing I could do. So when something happened, and it came up on my
    cellphone, I would get happy or get mad. ... I'm glad modern technology has
    come that far where I can track a game on my cellphone."

    Even after returning to St. Louis in the bye week, Little made a return trip to
    Asheville last weekend. His high school jersey (No. 30) was retired in
    ceremonies at an Asheville High football game.

    "That's a very special honor for anybody," Little said. "So I really respect
    them for that. I thank everyone in that city for that."

    Little gave the team, which is a state power in North Carolina, a pep talk
    before its game. "We're going to win the state," Little said. "You can write
    that down."

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    jkramsfan Guest

    Re: Grieving Leonard Little says he's ready to resume playing

    its a tough thing that hes trying to do by playing, but lets hope he can get back and dominate because we need him to get at hasslebeck all day.

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    Marshall1 Guest

    Re: Grieving Leonard Little says he's ready to resume playing

    Leonard I am saddened by your loss. I hope you have a wonderful game against Seahawks, and play like there is no tommorrow, and kick their a$$'s!


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