Pace leaves game with ankle injury
By Jim Thomas
Of the Post-Dispatch
Friday, Sep. 02 2005

Next to quarterback Marc Bulger, the player the Rams can least afford to lose
to injury is Pro Bowl left tackle Orlando Pace. Well, Pace left midway through
the second quarter with a sprained left ankle in Friday's preseason finale
against Kansas City.

Pace was injured on a play that originally was ruled as a sack and lost fumble
by Rams quarterback Jamie Martin. But coach Mike Martz challenged the play, and
the call was reversed. It was ruled an incomplete pass because replays showed
that Martin's throwing arm was going forward when hit by Chiefs linebacker Rich
Scanlon.

That was small consolation to Pace, who was replaced immediately by Matt
Willig. Pace was taken to the locker room for precautionary X-rays, which were
negative.

Earlier in the half, the Rams lost starting cornerback Travis Fisher to a
sprained knee. Cornerback is a position where the Rams cannot afford to lose
bodies. Jerametrius Butler already is out for the season with a knee injury,
and Terry Fair sat out Friday's contest with a sprained neck. But Fisher's
injury did not appear to be serious. He watched the rest of the game on the
sideline.

"I think Fisher's got just a mild knee sprain," Martz said. "Orlando's got an
ankle sprain. But I don't think either of the two are anything to be concerned
about."


Sitting it out

Besides Fair, those not playing Friday for the Rams included LB Trev Faulk
(back), RB Arlen Harris (concussion), DT Ryan Pickett (back), OG Claude Terrell
(flu), S Michael Stone (leg), and TE Roland Williams (knee).

Martz also decided to hold out quarterback Marc Bulger.

"If you look at the track record, that's what we do," Martz said. "In the
fourth game, very seldom does the starter play, unless you've got problems."

For Kansas City, QB Trent Green (Vianney High) did not play following a
procedure to improve circulation in his leg.


Chillar plays

Linebacker Brandon Chillar, a fourth-round draft pick in 2004, made his
preseason debut for the Rams. Chillar missed the first three exhibition games
with a shoulder injury. Chillar had an active night, highlighted by a tackle of
Kansas City running back Dee Brown for a 4-yard loss on second and goal from
the St. Louis 1 in the fourth quarter. The Chiefs had to settle for a field
goal.

"It was a great play call," Chillar said. "They called a blitz for myself and
Rob (teammate Robert Thomas), the quarterback bobbled the ball a little bit,
and we met at the ball carrier."


Hargrove starts

After being demoted to the second unit prior to the Detroit game, Anthony
Hargrove was back in the starting lineup at right defensive end against the
Chiefs.


Super Bowl links

A dozen members of the Chiefs organization, including coach Dick Vermeil, were
with the Rams during their 1999 Super Bowl championship season. Besides Green,
former Rams players from the Super Bowl XXXIV club now with Kansas City include
cornerback Dexter McCleon and running back Robert Holcombe.