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    Have you noticed something about the injuries?

    Every team is going to have players who suffer severe injuries that render them unable to play. That can't be avoided.

    But, have you noticed something about the minor injuries that the Rams have suffered this year? They're not keeping players off the field as frequently as they did in the past.

    Look at Steven Jackson. He's played through a lot of bumps and bruises this year, including a broken finger. In doing so, he's set an example for others, like Rodger Saffold, Craig Dahl, Ron Bartell, and others who have consistently played through pain. And don't even get me started on the dedication and fortitude of Danario Alexander.

    Even within games we've seen this happen. Did you catch that Na'il Diggs went back on the field AFTER suffering the injury which now has him on injured reserve? What about Jason Smith, who turned his ankle, then re-entered the game and made a key block on Steven Jackson's TD?

    This is no coincidence. Rather, its human nature.

    Players, no matter how dedicated, are not going to play through minor injuries when a team is 1-11. Why should they? After all, they only have so many years before their NFL career will end. Why risk that short tenure playing hurt for a team with no chance.

    This team is different. They are in the hunt, and players are motivated. Nobody wants to be on the sideline.

    I think this sort of thing is HUGE for a developing young team. Players are showing, dare I say it, true examples of "Four Pillars" behavior. It infectious. Nobody wants to let their teammates down by sitting out.

    However this season ends, this is a trend that bodes well for the Rams.


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    Re: Have you noticed something about the injuries?

    They're just looking forward to that soothing ice bath afterwards.

    RAM TOUGH!!!

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    Re: Have you noticed something about the injuries?

    This is a great point you bring up AV.. I also haven't read or heard anything about poor tackling by our team since Spags came on board. The poor tackling complaint seemed to come up every other week during the Linehan/Haslett era.

    GO RAMS!!!

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    Re: Have you noticed something about the injuries?

    Great point..and add another one to the list this week. Chamberlain is playing with a small fracture in his wrist but will still start on Sunday. Its really great to see this kind of motivation from players.

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    Re: Have you noticed something about the injuries?

    Just coincidence.

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    Re: Have you noticed something about the injuries?

    Quote Originally Posted by Trevor View Post
    Just coincidence.
    Sarcasm... or worst response ever?

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    Re: Have you noticed something about the injuries?

    IMO, this shows the character of this team. Players are playing hurt, and they WANT to get back on the field as soon as possible, to help this team out.

    I have to say, that rooting for the Rams is the easiest thing to do. Other fans of other teams root for their teams, sure, but do they really feel a connection? Or do they just view their team as a bunch of millionare athletes and watch for entertainment?

    I think the players on this team are humanly easy to connect to. We as fans love to see and hear that they want to play injured, that they have a love for the game and have a love for this team. Hell, it reminds me of when I used to play. These feelings and desires are the same. It's because if we took the place of them, we would be wanting to go back in the game, and try to help the team out too. The Rams are a team that is filled with players who actually care, who actually play the game out of passion, instead of just being milionare athletes who don't care.

    IMO, it makes them more human, and that is a pleasure to root for.

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