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    McCollum will get first start of season Sunday

    By Bill Coats
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    Friday, Oct. 05 2007

    In 14 NFL seasons, Andy McCollum never has witnessed an offensive line so
    bruised and battered. I havent seen that many injuries in a three- or
    four-year span, he said, and its only been four weeks or so here that weve
    lost that many guys.

    The group includes tackle Orlando Pace (shoulder) and guard Mark Setterstrom
    (knee), whose seasons are over; tackle Todd Steussie (foot), who is out until
    at least November; guard/tackle Adam Goldberg (knee), who will be sidelined for
    a month or so; and guard Richie Incognito (ankle), who finally is back after
    missing six weeks.

    Its rare and its unfortunate, because a lot of good guys went down,
    McCollum added. But it also opened an opportunity for McCollum, whose play has
    been limited to the field-goal and extra-point units since losing the
    first-team center job to Brett Romberg in the preseason.

    After initially resisting the temptation, coach Scott Linehan has been working
    McCollum at guard, and it appears he will succeed Claude Terrell as the starter
    on the left side Sunday when Arizona visits the Edward Jones Dome.

    He certainly deserves it, Linehan said. I think it would be a really
    settling move for us to have a veteran there. We moved Alex (Barron from right
    tackle), and hes basically going into his fourth game in the NFL as a left
    tackle. It helps to play next to a guy thats played a lot.

    McCollum at 37, the oldest player on the squad acknowledged that he
    expected to be tapped earlier, as the injuries began to mount. But he didnt
    lobby the coaches.

    I pretty much kept my mouth shut, he said. Its on film where Ive been and
    what Ive done, so its up to them. If they felt like they wanted me to be the
    backup guy at center or wherever else, thats what I was going to do.

    Linehan explained that guard is not a natural position for him, and we had
    guys that were natural (guards). ... Now our backup center is going to be
    starting, so well have the ability to swing him if something happens. But Im
    thinking positive, that were all done with any O-line injuries.

    McCollum started all 16 games at left guard in 2003, so hes not treading
    uncharted territory as he readjusts. Its just little technique things, taking
    the right sets and such, he said. I think Im getting it squared away.

    Watching the Rams drop their first four games made his exile even more
    difficult, McCollum conceded. Its still a team, and you definitely want to
    win, he said. Those are your teammates and youd like to be out there helping
    them.

    Hopefully, Ill get a chance this week.


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    Re: McCollum will get first start of season Sunday

    I like this move. He'll be out to prove something ...

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