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    Jackson Suffers / Bulger is playing with a pair of broken ribs

    Jackson Suffers Groin Tear
    Monday, September 24, 2007

    By Nick Wagoner

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    Midway through his usual day after the game news conference, Rams coach Scott Linehan joked that he had to have the Russell Training Center blessed by a priest last week because of all of the injuries that have hit the team this season.


    Linehan said it jokingly, but it might not have been a bad idea considering what happened on the injury front Monday afternoon.


    After watching as offensive lineman after offensive lineman fall by the wayside because of injury, the Rams took yet another hit Monday when Linehan announced that running back Steven Jackson will miss this week’s game against Dallas because of a partial tear in his left groin.


    The news of Jackson ’s injury comes on the heels of a plethora of injuries that have continued to deplete not only the starting lineup but also the depth chart.


    Linehan said the loss of Jackson , while obviously painful, leaves the Rams with a tough task that could turn into a great story.


    “This is one of those things where we have been hit by the injury bug,” Linehan said. “You can’t go there. You have to look at it like it’s an insurmountable on paper challenge for us this week. We’re sitting here with no wins in three games and we are playing the hottest team in the NFC, maybe all of football right now. If we keep our minds right, it will be the greatest win we’ve had since we’ve been here. That’s the only way you can be.”


    Linehan and the rest of the Rams are quick to point out that making excuses are not a part of the team’s game plan. But it would be simple enough to point to the various banged up Rams as the key factor in the team’s 0-3 start.


    Jackson ’s injury doesn’t seem to be as serious as others, but the extent of the injury is unknown. Considering the way some of the other injuries have gone, though, Jackson could miss more than just this week.


    According to Linehan, Jackson suffered the injury on a run late in the fourth quarter and the doctors told him that Jackson ’s injury is near the end of the groin as opposed to the middle of it which should lead to less time on the sideline. There is no surgery required for the injury as rest and treatment are the only cures for this particular injury.


    As if the Rams weren’t struggling enough to score points (they have two touchdowns in three games and are averaging about 11 points a game), the loss of Jackson will only make scoring points more difficult.


    “He’s one of our best players, if not the best player,” offensive coordinator Greg Olson said. “We’ll look at ways to get some other playmakers to get the ball. We’ll find other ways to do that. So, as we tell our players, anytime someone gets injured, the rest of us on the team have to pick up the slack.”


    With Jackson out, the Rams will turn to rookie running back Brian Leonard as the starting tailback. Leonard handled most of those duties in the preseason, but has been working at fullback in recent weeks.


    Leonard’s new role will create an opening at fullback for a trio of tight ends/H-backs who have been working as lead blockers in some situations during games. Richard Owens, Joe Klopfenstein and Dominique Byrd will get the opportunity to work in the role vacated by Leonard.


    “I think our lead blockers were better and I think it showed up in our run game,” Linehan said. “Our success when we did run the football had a lot to do with that too.”


    Behind Leonard, the Rams will use veteran running back Travis Minor as the key backup with rookie Antonio Pittman likely to get his first shot to make a difference in practice this week.


    Pittman has worked exclusively on the scout team since his arrival in St. Louis just before the start of the regular season, but he will get a crash course this week as he is almost certain to at least be active against the Cowboys.


    “We’re going to find out,” Linehan said. “He’s much further ahead than he was when he came here and has been working at learning the system and the offense. Obviously he has been working a lot on scout team but he will learn a lot more about what we are trying to get done and be available for this game for sure. We aren’t going to invent another player on your roster who has been here. Again, it’s another opportunity for a young player.”


    SETTERSTROM OUT: The worst fears of everyone when guard Mark Setterstrom was carted off the field in Sunday’s loss to Tampa Bay were confirmed Monday morning when Setterstrom’s official diagnosis was a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.


    Setterstrom is out for the season and will be placed on injured reserve in the coming days.


    “The good news is it is one of those injuries that will be reparable for a young guy and he should be able to bounce back from this for next season,” Linehan said. “Unfortunately for him it was a season ending injury. We’ll be looking at some replacement possibilities in the next 24-48 hours.”


    Replacements for Setterstrom are limited, but it’s probably the Rams will look to find someone who could be ready to play sooner than later. Center Andy McCollum has worked at guard in the past, but is mainly a center and hasn’t played guard in some time.

    “He’s an option,” Linehan said. “He’s been a great center in this league for years. Center is his position, but because of his ability and what he knows, he is definitely an option.”


    One intriguing option could be a return for guard Adam Timmerman. Timmerman was released in the offseason after a long tenure in St. Louis as a workhorse on the interior of the line. Timmerman has been in St. Louis working out, but the level of interest in him is unclear. Barry Stokes and Keydrick Vincent, who visited the Rams last week, could also be options.


    As for starting in Setterstrom’s place, the line deployment will depend on the health of Richie Incognito. Incognito is recovering from a sprained ankle and could return this week against Dallas .


    If Incognito returns the Rams will likely use Claude Terrell at left guard with Milford Brown working as the swing man at tackle and guard. If Incognito can’t go, the Rams will almost certainly use Brown at right guard with Terrell on the left side and McCollum as a swing man and Brandon Gorin at right tackle.


    OTHER INJURIES: Elsewhere on the injury front, most things remain the same. Incognito is closer to a return, but Linehan said nothing will be determined until practice later this week.


    Linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa will be probable this week as he also continues to come back from a sprained ankle. Tinoisamoa is almost certain to be ready to go against Dallas .


    Quarterback Marc Bulger came out of the Tampa Bay game much better than he did against San Francisco . While Bulger is playing with a pair of broken ribs and a bruised knee, he is OK and should be ready to go against the Cowboys.


    Receiver Isaac Bruce, who took a shot to the head against the Bucs, returned the game and is fine.


    Safety Jerome Carter suffered a left thigh bruise and will be limited in practice this week. Cornerback Tye Hill will also likely be out this week as he continues to recover from a back injury.


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    Re: Jackson Suffers / Bulger is playing with a pair of broken ribs

    Quote Originally Posted by Rambos View Post
    “He’s one of our best players, if not the best player,” offensive coordinator Greg Olson said. “We’ll look at ways to get some other playmakers to get the ball. We’ll find other ways to do that. So, as we tell our players, anytime someone gets injured, the rest of us on the team have to pick up the slack.”
    Honestly, if it really took an injury to Jackson to make Olson look for ways to get some other playmakers the ball with our WRs and TE, then he doesn't deserve a job in the NFL. What a joke.

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    Re: Jackson Suffers / Bulger is playing with a pair of broken ribs

    Quarterback Marc Bulger came out of the Tampa Bay game much better than he did against San Francisco . While Bulger is playing with a pair of broken ribs and a bruised knee, he is OK and should be ready to go against the Cowboys.
    Broken ribs, but he's OK and ready to go?
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    Re: Jackson Suffers / Bulger is playing with a pair of broken ribs

    Adam Timmerman, how could he not be the best option?

    Quarterback Marc Bulger came out of the Tampa Bay game much better than he did against San Francisco . While Bulger is playing with a pair of broken ribs and a bruised knee, he is OK and should be ready to go against the Cowboys.
    Wow, just a matter of fact. Is this the norm?

    Pittman, could should be interesting, if Jackson is out for more then a week.


    Incognito is closer to a return
    He has to come back.

    Joe Klopfenstein, someone tell me why this poor blocking TE is playing FB.
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    Re: Jackson Suffers / Bulger is playing with a pair of broken ribs

    Quote Originally Posted by Rambos View Post
    Wow, just a matter of fact. Is this the norm?
    Maybe the phrase "broken ribs" makes it sound worse than it actually is? I have no clue. I'm assuming we'll hear more on Bulger's condition through the week.
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    Re: Jackson Suffers / Bulger is playing with a pair of broken ribs

    I dont know what the heck is going on here.

    BROKEN RIBS???????????

    Listen, I broke ONE rib and found it hard to bloody move at ALL for several weeks.

    This just does not add up AT ALL


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    Re: Jackson Suffers / Bulger is playing with a pair of broken ribs

    We've got to sit Bulger before he gets hurt any worse. But boy is this offensive unit ravaged. So do I have this right: Barron, Romberg, McMichael, and Bruce are the only offensive starters who are not suffering the effects of some kind of injury?

    I hope Owens really can play fullback well because if his blocking skills are even in the same neighborhood as Klopfenstein and Byrd, we're in trouble. Why did we release Hedgecock again?

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