By Jim Thomas
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
Monday, Oct. 16 2006

Something good, and something bad, occurred on Madison Hedgecock's first carry
of the season.

The Rams fullback gained 2 yards for a first down on a third-down running play
from the Seattle 27. But Hedgecock, a second-year pro from North Carolina, also
suffered a broken right thumb on the first-quarter play.

"A helmet hit right on it," Hedgecock said. "It went numb, and it started
swelling."

X-rays at halftime showed that the thumb was broken. Hedgecock said he will
undergo surgery today but will be ready to play after the team's bye week. The
Rams' next game isn't until Oct. 29 in San Diego.

Despite the injury, Hedgecock kept playing Sunday.

"I tried to tape it up," Hedgecock said. "I didn't like that."

So he took the tape off. With Paul Smith already sidelined following eye
surgery, Hedgecock was the Rams' only available fullback.

Kacyvenski's reunion

Released by the Seahawks two weeks ago in a surprise move, Rams special teamer
Isaiah Kacyvenski worked to keep his emotions in check Sunday.

"I'd like to say it was like any other game," Kacyvenski said. "But I'm an
emotional guy. It was tough just to block it out."

Kacyvenski, a fourth-round draft pick by Seattle in 2000, didn't say hello to
his former teammates during pregame warmup.

"I don't like to go out and mingle," Kacyvenski said. "During the game there
was a lot said. Not that I can actually say it (now). It wasn't G-rated. In
heated competition, guys are just going to say whatever."

But things were different after the game.

"It pretty much felt like the whole (Seattle) team came up and had good things
to say," Kacyvenski said. "It was good to see everybody, because (getting cut)
happened so fast, I didn't have the chance to say goodbye to anybody."

Kacyvenski said he had no contact before or after the game with Seattle coach
Mike Holmgren, who apparently wasn't happy when Kacyvenski signed with the Rams.

"I'm sure I'll see him down the road somewhere and be able to shake his hand,"
Kacyvenski said.

Perhaps in four weeks when the teams meet again in Seattle.

Where'd everyone go?

In every Rams game this season, the trailing team has had a chance to tie or
win in the final minutes. With that in mind, several Rams players were puzzled
by the fact that the Edward Jones Dome was half-empty by the time Jimmy Kennedy
recovered a fumble by Seattle running back Maurice Morris with 2 minutes, 48
seconds to play and the Rams trailing 27-21.

"For the people who left early, I think you missed out on a great game,"
linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa said. "This is not the Rams of old. This is the new
Rams. And we fight till the end."

The lost fumble set the stage for a frantic finish, which included an amazing
67-yard touchdown catch by Torry Holt that gave the Rams a short-lived 28-27
lead.

"I'm hoping it keeps people from leaving the stadium early, ever again,"
offensive guard Adam Timmerman said.

Hargrove sits

DE Anthony Hargrove was among the Rams' designated inactive. The others: LB Jon
Alston, CB Fakhir Brown (ankle), kickoff returner J.R. Reed, OG Mark
Setterstrom, FB Paul Smith (eye surgery) and C Larry Turner.