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    Martz turns to Nutten to hold down left guard

    By Bill Coats
    Of the Post-Dispatch
    Friday, Aug. 26 2005

    The Rams' merry-go-round at left guard continued Friday, when veteran Tom
    Nutten took the snaps with the first team. On Wednesday, Blaine Saipaia was
    with the "ones." On Thursday, it was rookie Claude Terrell.

    Coach Mike Martz said Nutten would start Monday night in Detroit, meaning that
    four of the five starters from the Super Bowl championship team of 2000 -
    Nutten, left tackle Orlando Pace, center Andy McCollum and right guard Adam
    Timmerman - will be lining up together.

    "We're trying to settle in on some guys. It's been awhile since we've been able
    to do that," Martz said. "We're starting to jell a little bit on offense,
    starting to get some things going."

    Nutten opened at right guard in the preseason opener versus Chicago, as
    Timmerman continued his recovery from three offseason operatons. On Sunday in
    San Diego, Saipaia took over that role and Nutten played sparingly. Timmerman
    is expected to see his first game action of the exhibition season versus the
    Lions.

    "I think they're still playing with a couple of things," said Nutten, who
    missed Thursday's practice because he was ill. "I told them, 'I'll do my best
    wherever you put me.' And it seems like this week, they're moving me back to
    left guard."

    Nutten is rounding back into playing shape after undergoing reconstructive
    surgery on his right big toe in the offseason. Nutten said the toe "lets me
    know that it's there, but it seems like it's getting a little bit better.
    Considering what I've been through, I'm actually kind of happy.

    "Of course, I'll always wish to be back to how it was before, but it never will
    be. But it's coming around." Nutten, 34, was a four-year starter at left guard
    for Rams before signing with the New York Jets as a free agent in 2003. A
    nagging elbow injury prompted him to retire five months later, and he was off
    to NFL Europe, where he served as an assistant coach with the Cologne
    Centurions. Martz lured him back last October, and he played in eight games,
    starting six at left guard despite the toe injury and a banged-up knee.

    One person who would welcome some stability on the line is quarterback Marc
    Bulger. "It's been a little difficult in camp, with a couple of injuries and
    ... Alex (Barron) coming in late," Bulger said. "But that's what's good about
    having two weeks left. You want to get into the regular season, but I think
    they need that work together. We're still moving guys around, but I think in
    the next two weeks, it'll come together."

    Bulger plays it smart

    Bulger took an early lead in the Most Diplomatic Answer of the Year competition
    when he was asked who would win a footrace among wideouts Isaac Bruce, Torry
    Holt and Kevin Curtis.

    "You've got to go with Torry, but once they get going, maybe the second hundred
    (yards), Kevin would win," Bulger said. "But if you have any turns in it, then
    maybe Isaac would win. So ...

    "You'll have to ask those guys. I'm not going to get into that one."

    Ram-blings

    Friday's practice at the indoor facility included a rare live tackling session
    featuring the first-team defense. ... Defensive tackle Ryan Pickett, who has
    been bothered by tightness in his back, was absent from practice


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    Re: Martz turns to Nutten to hold down left guard

    I am concerned about pickett. Not panicked, just concerned. we need him in there. nutten will be fine, i love the guy and think he will start. the kids are just getting experience so they will be ready if needed.

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