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    Cool Knee benches Butler; first scuffle occurs

    By Bill Coats
    Of the Post-Dispatch
    Saturday, Jul. 30 2005

    A bruise, a bout and a boisterous crowd were the highlights of training camp
    Saturday at Rams Park in Earth City.

    First-team cornerback Jerametrius Butler sat out both practices after bruising
    his right knee Thursday, the first day of training camp. The projection for
    Butler's return is cloudy.

    "Right now, it's day-to-day," Butler said. "Whenever I stop feeling pain,
    that's when I'm going back out there. I'm going to try to go" Sunday.

    Coach Mike Martz was less optimistic.

    "It's nothing that's serious, but we're going to keep him out for maybe a week
    or so, just try to calm that leg down," Martz said.

    Butler, a five-year veteran from Kansas State, said he was injured trying to
    cover wideout Isaac Bruce during "blitz period" drills. "I think I planted
    wrong and I kind of stumbled on his heel or on his shoe and put too much
    pressure on my knee," Butler said. He thought initially he had done more
    significant damage, he said.

    "It kind of scared me," Butler said. "It's frustrating, because I had a pretty
    good offseason. I did more running and more lower-body work, and the injury
    really kind of set me back. But ... it's getting better."

    The first significant injury of camp preceded the first fight. Safety Adam
    Archuleta and running back Steven Jackson squared off after colliding during
    team drills. The scuffle ended quickly with no harm to either player after
    cornerback Dwight Anderson intervened.

    The confrontation could have escalated "like setting a fire. It came as a
    shock," Anderson said. "I just wanted to play some ball."

    The skirmish was among a handful of highlights for the 1,386 fans who attended.
    All morning practices are open to the public and free of charge.

    They also enjoyed some fierce one-on-one competition between tackle Orlando
    Pace and defensive end Anthony Hargrove, unusually spirited special-teams work
    and a deft over-the-shoulder catch by wideout Dane Looker on a long pass down
    the right sideline.

    "That ball seemed like it was in the air forever," Looker said. "When a deep
    route's coming to you, it feels like it's in slow motion. You feel the
    (defensive back) tugging on you, and you've just got to try to keep focused on
    that ball and make the play. That time, I did."

    At the end of the two-hour, full-pads workout, the spectators applauded
    enthusiastically.

    "It feels good to hear the fans cheering. It shows that they appreciate what we
    do," wideout Torry Holt said. "So you want to return the favor by making some
    plays, making some catches, getting some sacks, making the throws, getting some
    interceptions. I think we demonstrated quite a few of those things, and I think
    the fans got what they came for.

    "We appreciate their support. They're definitely helping us get through these
    morning practices."


    Food fight

    Predictably, the quality of food at camp is a popular discussion topic among
    the players. Several have grumbled that the somewhat limited fare this year
    pales in comparison to the offerings at Western Illinois University's Thompson
    Hall.

    As he headed toward the buffet Saturday, Butler wasn't mincing any words. "The
    Macomb food was a lot better," he groused. "I'm not looking forward to this
    lunch right now."

    Holt countered, however, by eagerly singing the praises of the catering crew
    from a nearby hotel. "Oh, man, the food is fantastic," he said. "The Sheraton
    Four Points, they're doing an absolutely fabulous job. The food is delicious."


    Ram-blings

    Reserve running back Dusty McGrorty's knee injury has been diagnosed as a
    sprain. ... Undrafted rookies Dominic Robinson, a wide receiver from Florida
    State, and Vontrell Jamison, a defensive end from Clemson, have shown flashes
    of promise. ... Two-a-day practices are scheduled to continue through Friday.
    The team will scrimmage at 7 p.m. Saturday at Washington University's Francis
    Field. Admission is free.



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    Re: Knee benches Butler; first scuffle occurs

    The first significant injury of camp preceded the first fight. Safety Adam
    Archuleta and running back Steven Jackson squared off after colliding during
    team drills. The scuffle ended quickly with no harm to either player after
    cornerback Dwight Anderson intervened.

    The confrontation could have escalated "like setting a fire. It came as a
    shock," Anderson said. "I just wanted to play some ball."
    It doesn't surprise me that the two most physical guys on offense and defense were involved in the first scuffle. There were no hard feelings after practice, so I'm not worried about it, but I would pay to see #39 and #31 go one-on-one in a boxing match. With gloves, of course.

    I might be alone here, but I'm going to miss Dwight Anderson if he doesn't make the cut when the roster is slashed down to 53 by the beginning of the season. He's always been a fireball of emotion on special teams. Same with Kevin Garrett - if he can stay healthy, of course.

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    Re: Knee benches Butler; first scuffle occurs

    Interesting to see those two "square off." They're definitely the most physical, but usually it's the role players that scuffle. Those two are pros so I'm sure they're cool now.
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