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    The impact of injuries

    There is little question that the Rams have been heavily hit by injuries this year.

    Just off the top of my head:

    Injured Reserve
    Brooks Foster
    Brad Fletcher
    Laurent Robinson
    Keenan Burton
    Adam Carriker
    O.J. Atogwe
    Gary Gibson
    Jacob Bell (probably will be placed)

    Missed Multiple Games
    Marc Bulger
    Richie Incognito
    Jason Smith
    James Butler

    Missed Time/Played Through Injuries
    Steven Jackson
    Donnie Avery
    Jason Brown
    Mike Karney
    Leonard Little
    Ron Bartell
    Kyle Boller
    Chris Long

    I think that, more than anything, these injuries have prevented the Rams from showing real progression. How can the offense succeed when there is a different starting 5 on the O line every week? How can a defense come together as a unit when parts are changed each game?

    Injuries are an NFL reality, and can't be used as an excuse. However, given that the Rams clearly did not have a weath of talent coming into this year, there really was no chance that this team could survive the number of injures suffered during this season.

    Let's hope our luck changes next year, and that the depth improves to allow the team to succeed despite normal attrition.

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    Re: The impact of injuries

    After 3 years of being one of the most injury-laden teams in the NFL, I'm becoming less convinced that we're simply "unlucky" and starting to wonder if there's something else going on. Hopefully next season proves me wrong.

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    Re: The impact of injuries

    Didnt someone suggest that the turf in the dome caused more injuries? Any thruth to that?

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    Re: The impact of injuries

    You beat me to it Avenger.

    I would add that any evaluation or grading of the performance of this team, coach and front office to this point is essentially an "imcomplete". There is no way to make a "fair" evaluation giving what has been transpiring.

    There has also been some players gone through selective attrition by the staff in an attempt to remake and rejuvinate this team.

    Pace, Holt, Witherspoon, Tinoisamoa, Draft to name a few. Granted injuries aren't something you can count on or plan, and these releases or tradings are intentional, they still represent a loss to the team in the immediate.

    This team had issues before this coach and front office got here. It's gonna take time to get things going in the right direction. Anything short of a minimum of two season just isn't "fair" in evaluating this team

    I just hope they maintain some dignity through the remainder of this season.
    Semper Fi!

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