Holt keeps performing at his best
By Jim Thomas
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
Rain or shine, in good times and bad, wide receiver Torry Holt always shows up to play. And that was the case again in Saturday's embarrassing 24-20 loss to San Francisco.
Holt caught 10 passes for 163 yards against the *****, with the yardage total matching his season high. His 40-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Jamie Martin was his ninth of the season and the 54th of his career. That moved Holt ahead of Elroy "Crazylegs" Hirsch into sole possession of second place on the Rams' career list for TD catches. He trails only teammate Isaac Bruce, who has 77 TD receptions.
With 98 catches for 1,291 yards this season, Holt needs two catches in the season finale Jan. 1 against Dallas to log the second 100-catch campaign of his career. More significant, with just 9 yards in receptions against the Cowboys, he will become the first player in NFL history to have six straight seasons of 1,300 or more receiving yards.
Reaching 1,300 yards again, Holt said, "will continue to show the durability, I guess you would say of myself. It speaks a lot about this offense and what we can do as a unit."
But Holt said it was hard to get carried away with numbers with the Rams in the midst of a 5-10 funk. "We're not winning," Holt said. "So I try to be guarded when I talk about that."
Tough day for S. Jackson
Not only did running back Steven Jackson need a shot of painkiller to help his sore hip through Saturday's game, he spent part of Friday night in a hospital emergency room.
"He was in the hospital with strep throat, throwing up - stomach virus," interim head coach Joe Vitt said. "He came into the locker room (Saturday) morning, got the hip shot up, took a couple more IVs, and played in the game."
Things didn't go well for Jackson once the game started, either. He scored his team-high 10th touchdown of the season in the second quarter on a 3-yard run but finished with 28 yards rushing on 16 carries.
More walking wounded
Rookie safety Jerome Carter aggravated a foot injury on the second half kickoff and was replaced by another rookie, Oshiomogho Atogwe, in the Rams' dime package.
"Jerome's been playing the whole year long with a bad foot," Vitt said. "It's been sprained. He's been getting it shot up for the games, and he re-injured it."
Vitt said defensive tackle Jimmy Kennedy had an MRI on Friday night and learned that he had a hernia. But Kennedy opted to play against the *****, and recorded his fourth sack of the season.
Defensive end Anthony Hargrove spent Friday in the hospital, with a flu-like illness that has been running through the team for the last several weeks.
"He was throwing up, really sick," Vitt said. "I didn't think we'd have him. But he came in early (Saturday) morning, got IVs and played."
Hargrove, who has had a disappointing season, registered 1 1/2 sacks against the *****.
Designated as pregame inactives for the Rams were: DT Jeremy Calahan; RB Aveion Cason; DE Clifford Dukes; DT Brian Howard; OG Ben Noll; OT Rex Tucker (illness); and TE Aaron Walker.
Rookie LB Mike Goolsby, signed Wednesday by the Rams, made his NFL debut on special teams.
With a season-high nine catches Saturday, Marshall Faulk moved into 16th place on the NFL's career reception list, with 765. ... DE Leonard Little's fourth-quarter sack gave him at least one sack in six consecutive games against San Francisco. ... All five Rams sacks Saturday were produced by defensive linemen. ... Bryan Barker's 50-yard punt Saturday gave him at least one 50-yarder in eight of his 10 games with the Rams.
Re: Holt keeps performing at his best
Torry Holt is amazing. He is at the top of his game still with torn PCL. Just imagine if he was 100%! He would be leadin the NFL in everything!