Friday Morning
Friday, August 5, 2005

- Grant Williams missed the morning practice because of a disc problem in his back. The injury is essentially the same as the one he had two years ago and Williams had an MRI on Friday morning.

- Rex Tucker slid over from left guard to right tackle to fill in for Williams. Tucker played some tackle at Texas A&M, but he has a long way to go to get back to working at the spot. During pass rush drills, Tucker looked like he might be OK, even holding his own against Leonard Little a couple times, but there is still a lot of work for him to do. Tucker spent about 20 minutes after practice working with Hall of Famer Jackie Slater. That is the right attitude, but it appears the Rams just canít catch a break on the right side. Itís shaping up to be a big question mark again this season.

- Left tackle Orlando Pace sat out the workout with a hip flexor problem. The injury isnít serious and is along the lines of those suffered by Torry Holt and Jerametrius Butler. In other words, Pace could play if needed, but there is no need to rush him into action.

- Chris Claiborne is fine, practicing Friday morning.

- The rain certainly put a damper on what was shaping up as a nice morning for practice. There was a steady breeze and the fans were into it. The team moved practice indoors at about 10:00, but not before rewarding the fans who stuck around to get soaked with some autographs.

- The best play of the day might have been out of the goal line set during team drills before the rain came. Claude Terrell showed a glimpse of athleticism that nobody had seen before, coming off the line and running a little crossing pattern over the middle of the end zone. Terrell hauled the pass in for a touchdown to the delight of the crowd.

- Jeff Wilkins did a little directional punting Friday morning. It doesnít necessarily mean he will do it during the season, but it might be an option for a direct snap in that range where the choice between field goals and punts become difficult.