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Pace is still suffering effects of concussion
By Bill Coats
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
Thursday, Sep. 28 2006
Even though he played the entire game last Sunday, tackle Orlando Pace still is
feeling the effects of the concussion he suffered Sept. 17 at San Francisco. He
didn't practice Wednesday and is listed as questionable for Sunday's home game
"He didn't feel great the last couple of days," coach Scott Linehan said. "He
said his head's not quite right, so we've got to be a little bit cautious with
Linehan said keeping Pace on the sideline Sunday "would be a consideration if
it got worse."
Pace, a seven-time Pro Bowl selection, was injured when the back of his head
slammed against the turf on an extra-point attempt vs. the *****. He sat out
the second half and didn't practice until Friday.
"But he improved so much that he was cleared to go" against Arizona, Linehan
said. On Wednesday, Pace "probably felt pretty much like he did" at this point
last week," Linehan added.
Pace, who hasn't missed a game since the 2003 season, didn't speak with
reporters Wednesday. He was the only Rams player included on the first injury
report of the week.
The team plans to have Pace get a neurological evaluation every day this week.
"From what I understand, the evaluation process is part on how you feel and the
other how you may respond to questions," Linehan said. "This post-concussion
syndrome thing is something that goes on and on and on, for weeks. So, we'll
just keep an eye on him."
Holt is remorseful
Despite scorching Arizona's overmatched defensive backs for eight catches, 120
yards and the Rams' only touchdown, wide receiver Torry Holt was unhappy with
himself for drawing an unnecessary-roughness penalty in the third quarter that
probably cost the team four points.
On third and goal from the Cardinals' 3-yard line, Holt was unable to latch
onto a pass in the back of the end zone. Safety Robert Griffith, who broke up
the play, punched Holt on the back during a celebration that brought a flag for
When Holt responded angrily, he was penalized, too. So instead of the Rams
getting a fresh set of downs inside the 2, the offsetting dead-ball penalties
brought on fourth down and a field goal.
"I want to apologize for that," Holt said. "Just the heat of the moment, just
out there competing and wanting to win, wanting to make that play. ...
Hopefully, the fans won't see that side of 'Big Game' anymore."
That would be Linehan's preference, too.
"It's unacceptable," he said. "You don't back down from guys, you want to be
physical, and you certainly don't allow some guy to try to be a bully. (But)
you have to make better decisions in critical situations. I told Torry that it
was not a good decision. You have to walk away."
Lions sign Saipaia
Offensive lineman Blaine Saipaia is the latest former Rams player to join Mike
Martz in Detroit. Saipaia, released Sept. 2, signed with the Lions as a free
Saipaia, a third-year pro out of Colorado State, started eight games for the
Rams over two seasons when Martz was the team's head coach. Martz, fired in
January, is the Lions' offensive coordinator.
Other ex-Rams on the Detroit roster are cornerback Dre' Bly, wide receivers
Mike Furrey and Az-Zahir Hakim, defensive end Tyoka Jackson and tackle Rex
In two weeks, Larry Turner went from first-team center to backing up Richie
Incognito to inactive last Sunday, when Linehan chose to suit up Brett Romberg
"Larry worked a lot of guard that week, and Brett got more center. So in a way,
maybe Larry in general terms was penalized inadvertently," Linehan said. "We
went with the person who got the most work at center; you have to have a backup
Turner played the last 2½ quarters against Denver on Sept. 10 after Andy
McCollum suffered a season-ending knee injury. Romberg was signed off
Jacksonville's practice squad two days later, and Incognito that week was moved
to center from left guard.
"Brett's really had a couple of good weeks since he's been here," Linehan said.
"And we knew (Adam Goldberg) could be an emergency center and could play both
guard and tackle. That was probably it more than anything."
As of Wednesday evening, just under 400 tickets remained for Sunday's game.
Unless it is sold out by 3:05 p.m. today, it cannot be televised locally. ...
Tickets also are available for all other home games except Kansas City (Nov. 5)
and Chicago (Dec. 11). ... Holt has amassed at least 100 receiving yards in a
franchise-record 40 games, one more than fellow wideout Isaac Bruce.