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Interception puts a double hurt on Rams
By Jim Thomas
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
Tuesday, Oct. 18 2005
INDIANAPOLIS — Not only did Marc Bulger's second-quarter
interception hurt the Rams on Monday night, it hurt Bulger as well.
Bulger left with an injury to his right (throwing) shoulder with 12 minutes, 37
seconds remaining in the first half against Indianapolis. Specifically, the
injury was a sprain, and it kept Bulger sidelined for the rest of the game.
On second and 4 from the Colts' 45, Bulger appeared to have Torry Holt open
over the middle. But Indy linebacker Cato June dropped in coverage and
surprised Bulger with the interception.
During the return, Colts linebacker David Thornton hit Bulger and rolled over
him, causing the injury. After briefly being examined by team doctors on the
sideline, Bulger headed to the locker room. Veteran Jamie Martin, who last
played Dec. 19 against Arizona, replaced Bulger. Bulger missed two games last
season, and most of a third, with a shoulder injury.
Trailing 17-0 at the time, the Colts used the interception to score on a 1-yard
touchdown run by Edgerrin James.
Wide receiver Dominque Thompson was elevated from the practice squad to the
active roster for the Monday night game.
With Isaac Bruce (turf toe) once again a pregame scratch and Torry Holt playing
with a bruised knee, the Rams wanted another body at wide receiver along with
Kevin Curtis, Shaun McDonald and Dane Looker.
Thompson, an undrafted rookie from William & Mary, was with the Rams throughout
training camp, catching two passes for 33 yards in preseason play. Thompson set
school records with 79 receptions for 1,585 yards as a senior last fall.
Sitting it out
The other Rams' inactives besides Bruce were RB Aveion Cason, S Jerome Carter,
DT Brian Howard, TE Jeff Robinson, OL Rex Tucker and OT Matt Willig. Robinson
sat because Brandon Manumaleuna returned to the lineup after missing two games
with a knee injury.
Carter, who had been playing in the Rams' six-defensive back packages, was
scratched because of a hip injury. With Carter out, and with Michael Hawthorne
released last week, rookie defensive backs Oshiomogho Atogwe and Ron Bartell
suited up for St. Louis.
Bartell had been a pregame inactive in the Rams' previous five contests. Atogwe
played in the opener against San Francisco, but after struggling on special
teams, he was on the active list for the next four games.
Rookie Claude Terrell made his first NFL start for the Rams, at left offensive
guard. But veteran Tom Nutten was back in the lineup late in the second
quarter. ... Rams director of football administration Samir Suleiman
accompanied the team to Indianapolis, his first trip with the squad since
making his "throat-slasher" remarks to Post-Dispatch columnist Bernie Miklasz
via phone message. ... However, John Hadley, the special assistant to coach
Mike Martz, did not accompany the team to Indy.