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    McMichael On IR; Fells Signed

    By Howard Balzer
    Monday, October 06, 2008



    The Rams placed tight end Randy McMichael on injured reserve Monday and signed tight end Daniel Fells to replace him on the roster. Fells was on the practice field Monday as the Rams returned to work after their bye.


    McMichael suffered a broken tibia in the Rams' Week 4 game against Buffalo, an injury that normally would sideline a player for about six weeks. However, McMichael also suffered torn ligaments at the top of the bone, adding to the recovery time.


    McMichael sought a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews, who indicated it might be possible to return in 10 weeks. However, that timeframe would project to around Dec. 7, when there would be just three weeks remaining in the season. Without being able to run during the rehabilitation, it would also be difficult for McMichael to get in game shape.


    "He was upset," coach Jim Haslett said, "but I can't do that to the kid. To bring him back and risk further injury and potentially affect his career wouldn't make sense at that stage of the season."


    Fells, who is 6-4 and 252 pounds, originally signed with Atlanta as an undrafted free agent in 2006. He was on the Falcons' roster for the entire season, but was inactive for all 16 games. Released in the final cutdown in 2007, he spent the entire season on the Raiders' practice squad.


    This past summer, he went to training camp with the Buccaneers, who signed him to their practice squad after he was released in the final cut. The Rams signed him off Tampa Bay's practice squad, and the Bucs were paying him significantly more than the practice-squad salary of $4,700 a week to keep him around.


    Said Haslett, "He's a big body, a guy that can play fullback, can play tight end, he's got good hands, runs pretty good routes. We talked to the Tampa Bay people after we signed him and they really liked him and they didn't want to lose him. They were actually paying him the full amount of money to try and keep him, but obviously having an opportunity to get a credited season and get on the field kind of swayed him here a little bit."


    With McMichael out, Joe Klopfenstein will be the starter. Whether the offense can create some progress could largely depend on how well he plays.


    "He needs to step up and play," Haslett said. "He has all the ability in the world. Guy comes in his first year starts 16 games, plays well, good blocker and the guy can run and catch and it's an opportunity, he needs to step up and take advantage of it. And I don't see why he won't. They guy's got a lot of ability, he just has to grab the bull by the horns."


    In practice Monday, Klopfenstein incurred the wrath offensive coordinator Al Saunders when he fumbled after a reception. Several defensive players went after the ball feverishly while Klopfenstein made a half-hearted attempt to recover.


    "Get the damn ball back," Saunders yelled.


    Meanwhile, Haslett was also asked if tight end Anthony Becht will have an expanded role. He said, "We're down to really two guys who know what's going on. Anthony is one of the better blockers in the league. I think he's the kind of guy who can go in there and change the game just because you want to give the ball to Steven (Jackson) and he's in there and the guy is as big as a tackle. He's one of those guys who can really step in there and rout them out if he wants."


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    *Wide receiver Dane Looker was back practicing after taking some days off last week after suffering a concussion against Buffalo. … Wide receiver/kick returner Dante Hall, who tweaked a hamstring last week, practiced on a limited basis, as did linebacker Will Witherspoon (shoulder). Linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa cramped up a bit in the conditioning runs at the end of practice. "He was all wired up today, running around," Haslett said. "He did a good job in practice and he just started cramping a little bit. He's a little dynamo."


    *Haslett hopes wide receivers Keenan Burton (knee) and Drew Bennett (foot) will be able to return when the Rams play the Cowboys Oct. 19. It's possible wide receiver Derek Stanley could be signed off the practice squad this week. Stanley, wide receiver Donnie Avery and cornerback Jonathan Wade all worked as kickoff returners in practice.


    *Haslett still hopes to be able to re-sign cornerback Fakhir Brown, who was released by coach Scott Linehan Sept. 24. With Tye Hill out with a knee injury, Jason Craft has been working with the first unit. Craft was signed the day Brown was released.


    *Jeff Horton, who former coach Scott Linehan hired as a special assistant/offense, is now an assistant line coach. Horton was instrumental in the team's decision to hold training camp in Wisconsin this past summer.


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    Re: McMichael On IR; Fells Signed

    Quote Originally Posted by RamWraith View Post
    By Howard Balzer
    Monday, October 06, 2008

    *Haslett still hopes to be able to re-sign cornerback Fakhir Brown, who was released by coach Scott Linehan Sept. 24. With Tye Hill out with a knee injury, Jason Craft has been working with the first unit. Craft was signed the day Brown was released.
    Jim's to do list:

    Clear boxes from front office
    Trim shrubs
    Start Bulger
    Re-sign Fakir


    Maybe also reverse everything that Linny did, or do the things he should have? Interesting to see these things take place....
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    Re: McMichael On IR; Fells Signed

    Quote Originally Posted by MoonJoe View Post
    Jim's to do list:

    Clear boxes from front office
    Trim shrubs
    Start Bulger
    Re-sign Fakir


    Maybe also reverse everything that Linny did,
    Redrum, redrum, redrum, redrum........, etc.

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    Re: McMichael On IR; Fells Signed

    I hope we sign Brown. I'm sure Brown knows the idiot who fired him is gone. We could really use his help right now.

    One thing I'm looking forward to is seeing if Saunders was held back by Linehan.

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    Re: McMichael On IR; Fells Signed

    signing more tight ends??

    Is this a rams disease?
    The Breakfast Club. You want cheese with that?

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    Re: McMichael On IR; Fells Signed

    Well, we needed to replace a TE with a TE, so I have no problem with the move. Though, since our season isn't necessarily over, I wonder if it might have been better to have gotten a veteran that was out of work as opposed to this guy, who has never played in an NFL game. True, our season's probably over, but we're only 2.5 games back, and no one seems like they'll run away with the thing. It seems that he has the talent, if it's to believed that he's a big guy that can block well as well as runs good routes and can catch reliably. The question is, then, what exactly is wrong with his game? Is it purely just experience, and now we can put him into a trial by fire? Or is there something else wrong with that the Bucs thought they could work on with him?

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