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McCollum's prognosis 'not good'--Conflicting Reports
By Jim Thomas
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
Center Andy McCollum hasn't missed an NFL game since the 1995 season, a span of 156 games. He has started 97 consecutive games at center or guard for the Rams.
But both those streaks appear to be over after McCollum suffered a left knee injury midway through the second quarter of Sunday's win over Denver.
"The prognosis right now doesn't look very good," coach Scott Linehan said afterward. "We'll get an MRI and check it (Monday)."
According to team sources, it is a season-ending injury. McCollum wasn't available to comment after the game, but he was wearing a large brace on his leg.
"That's tough on Andy," left guard Richie Incognito said. "He's going to be sorely missed. We love Andy. Andy and Adam (Timmerman) are really what holds this O-line together. But there's not going to be any dropoff with Larry Turner."
Turner, a seventh-round pick by the Rams in 2004, finished out Sunday's game at center.
The Rams' only other injury of note was a broken right hand suffered by defensive tackle Jimmy Kennedy on the second play of the game. Kennedy was quickly fitted for a cast and kept playing.
Who says Tye Hill has no hands? Hill's first NFL game included a second-quarter interception against Jake Plummer, setting up the third of six Jeff Wilkins field goals.
"That was just the rumor coming out of college, that I didn't have any hands," Hill said, laughing. "I don't know where that comes from. It comes actually from working. I work on getting interceptions in practice, and you practice how you play."
Hill was the Rams' first-round draft pick last April. Among the team's other draft picks, Joe Klopfenstein started at tight end but had no catches; and defensive linemen Victor Adeyanju and Claude Wroten were D-linereserves.
Linebacker Jon Alston, tight end Dominique Byrd and offensive guard Mark Setterstrom were among the Rams' designated pregame inactives.
Butler stays seated
Cornerback Jerametrius Butler, who led or shared for the team lead in interceptions in 2003 and 2004, was among the Rams' other pregame inactives. He missed all of last season with a knee injury and came out of this preseason as the team's No. 4 cornerback.
Safety Dwaine Carpenter, defensive end Brandon Greeen and guard-tackle Adam Goldberg also were on the inactive list.
Georgia in the house
Attending her first game in at least a year was team owner Georgia Frontiere. Health concerns prevented Frontiere from attending any games last season, but she took the train from Arizona to St. Louis for Linehan's debut game as head coach, and congratulated the team in the locker room after the game.
The 12th man
Sunday's contest marked the 89th consecutive home sellout for the Rams, encompassing every regular-season home game since the team's move to St. Louis in 1995.
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Re: McCollum's prognosis 'not good'--Conflicting Reports
just reviewed the play in which mccollum got hurt and can see that it was orlando pace who fell into mccollum's knee...that's gotta be bad...