By Bill Coats
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
Saturday, Sep. 23 2006

Barring a setback before Sunday's 3:15 p.m. kickoff, left tackle Orlando Pace
is expected to be in the starting lineup when the Rams square off against
Arizona at Cardinals Stadium.

Pace, who suffered a concussion and missed the second half of last Sunday's
game at San Francisco, practiced Friday and reported that he was free of
symptoms.

"I'm feeling pretty good," he said. "I'm not having any problems right now."

Pace struck his head on the Monster Park turf when several ***** propelled him
backward on an extra-point kick.

"They overloaded that side, and he just got knocked over," holder Dane Looker
said. "His head was the first thing to hit the ground. It was really loud."

Afterward, Pace said he experienced "headaches and blurred vision. It kind of
slowed a lot of my responses, things like that. Over the course of the week,
it's been getting better day by day."

He sat out practice Wednesday and Thursday before participating in Friday
morning's non-contact workout. He was scheduled for a precautionary
neurological examination Friday afternoon.

Coach Scott Linehan said, "We needed him to go through practice, which he did.
He looked great."

Pace, a seven-time Pro Bowler, said he'd never experienced a concussion before.
"It was kind of scary," he said. "I don't remember a whole lot after (the
play). It was fuzzy after that