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    Little out for season; Fry gets promoted

    By Jim Thomas
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    Wednesday, Nov. 07 2007

    Leonard Little's season is officially over. In a sense, Dustin Fry's is just
    beginning.

    As expected, the Rams placed Little on the injured reserve list Tuesday. The
    Pro Bowl defensive end will undergo surgery within the next week to repair a
    torn ligament in his left big toe.

    Rookie offensive lineman Fry was promoted from the practice squad to Little's
    spot on the active roster. Fry, a fifth-round draft pick from Clemson, was
    released in the final roster cutdown Sept. 1 and has spent the regular season
    on the Rams' practice squad.

    Fry's promotion is more than a ceremonial gesture. With guard Richie Incognito
    undergoing knee surgery Tuesday, the Rams are paper-thin on the interior of the
    offensive line. It may not be this week against New Orleans, but Fry could get
    pressed into service soon.

    Fry didn't look ready to play in the NFL during training camp and the
    preseason, but coach Scott Linehan said Fry has progressed since then, to the
    point where he earned the promotion to the 53-man roster.

    "He's gotten a lot stronger in the weight room," Linehan said. "We feel he's
    probably a guard. He'll be a lot more of a physical presence at guard than what
    we've got right now."

    With Incognito out indefinitely, the Rams' options are limited on the interior
    of the line. Milford Brown will continue to start at left guard. Unless Fry,
    who is 6 feet 3, 314 pounds, is thrown into the fray, that leaves the Rams with
    some combination of Andy McCollum, Brett Romberg and Nick Leckey with the
    starting unit at center and right guard. Leckey and Romberg are about 25 pounds
    lighter than Fry; McCollum is about 15 pounds lighter.

    And there's no guarantee that Romberg, who missed the Cleveland game with an
    ankle injury, will be able to play this week in New Orleans. The Rams are still
    a couple of weeks away from re-signing Todd Steussie to the active roster.
    Under terms of his injury settlement following a foot injury in the preseason
    finale against Kansas City, Steussie isn't eligible to return to the Rams until
    the week of the Seattle game (Nov. 25). If ready to go, Steussie could be
    plugged into the lineup immediately at right tackle or right guard.

    The Rams are awaiting results on Incognito's knee surgery, which was performed
    by Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala., before deciding whether to add him to
    the injured-reserve list. If Incognito ends up on IR, the club might promote
    defensive end Eric Moore from the practice squad to the active roster.

    For now, Linehan felt the team needed help on the offensive line more than the
    defensive line hence the promotion of Fry.

    Victor Adeyanju replaces Little in the starting lineup at left defensive end.
    Adeyanju, a second-year player from Indiana, has 17 tackles, four quarterback
    hurries and one fumble recovery this season. He is a solid run defender and a
    high-motor player but hasn't brought much to the table as a pass rusher. Trevor
    Johnson, who has eight tackles and one sack, moves up on the depth chart to
    become the third end, spelling Adeyanju and starting right end James Hall.

    The Rams had two defensive ends in Tuesday for visits, street free agents
    Antwan Applewhite and C.J. Ah You. The Rams might consider adding one of them
    to the practice squad should Moore get promoted to the 53-man roster.

    Applewhite, 6-3, 250, had seven sacks in college last season at San Diego
    State, turned pro a year early and was signed last May as an undrafted free
    agent by the San Diego Chargers. Ah You, 6-4, 274, was a seventh-round pick by
    the Buffalo Bills out of Oklahoma, where he had 10 sacks over the '05 and '06
    seasons with the Sooners.


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    Re: Little out for season; Fry gets promoted

    Finally Fry is promoted. I was really beginning to think he was a waste of a draft pick after not being called up and having all these bubbas from the street playing guard while he is left in the practice squad blackhole.
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    Re: Little out for season; Fry gets promoted

    Well he'll certainly get his shot, if nothing else then as a look to see just what he has.

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    Re: Little out for season; Fry gets promoted

    Quote Originally Posted by RamWraith View Post
    If Incognito ends up on IR, the club might promote
    defensive end Eric Moore from the practice squad to the active roster.

    Moore had a really good preseason- albeit might have been against 2nd or 3rd string players, I'm not seeing any great production out of the DE's we have playing now, so I'm a little perplexed as why Linehan is so reluctant to bring him up from the practice squad.

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    Re: Little out for season; Fry gets promoted

    Moore had a really good preseason- albeit might have been against 2nd or 3rd string players, I'm not seeing any great production out of the DE's we have playing now, so I'm a little perplexed as why Linehan is so reluctant to bring him up from the practice squad.

    Does anything Linehan do not seem perplexing.....I know for me he's a goner!

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