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    Pace's shoulder suffers setback

    By Bill Coats
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    Friday, Aug. 22 2008
    Despite coach Scott Linehan's initial insistence this week that Rams tackle
    Orlando Pace was suffering only from soreness, it turns out the seven-time Pro
    Bowler reinjured his right shoulder in Saturday night's preseason game.

    "I did it when I was trying to make a tackle (after an interception). I landed
    on it pretty hard," Pace said Thursday. "I didn't even think about it ... I
    didn't even feel the swelling until Monday, when I came in and I couldn't raise
    my arm too high. That was a little concern for me."

    The good news, Pace stressed, is that neither the rotator cuff nor the labrum —
    both torn in last year's season-opener — were damaged. "That's one positive
    that came out of landing on it like that," he said. "At least you know the
    structure of the shoulder is back."

    Pace hadn't practiced since Saturday's game until Thursday. It's uncertain
    whether he'll play Saturday night when the Rams meet the Baltimore Ravens in a
    preseason contest at the Edward Jones Dome.

    "We're going to see how it feels tomorrow," Pace said. "Hopefully the swelling
    will go down a little bit and I'll be ready to go."

    Pace didn't make it through the first half of the first game last season before
    he was hurt. He underwent surgery Sept. 20, followed by intense and lengthy
    rehabilitation. Linehan has been cautious with him during training camp, at
    first holding him out of most drills, and later often alternating Pace and Adam
    Goldberg during the most strenuous practice periods.

    After being in for only three series in the preseason opener at Tennessee, Pace
    — and the first-team offense — played the entire first half of the 7-6 victory
    over San Diego last Saturday, a total of 39 snaps. It was the most live action
    he'd experienced in almost two years.

    Pace, 32, acknowledged earlier that he was struggling to regain confidence in
    his shoulder. He said Thursday that the new problem didn't help matters.

    "This kind of was a little setback to me, because I was getting into a pretty
    good groove," he said. "We'll see how it plays out."

    Pace also conceded that with the regular-season opener just over two weeks
    away, the continuing shoulder difficulties are "a little frustrating."

    "I'm just trying to be a key piece to this offense to help us win some games,"
    he added. "Hopefully I can get back and be healthy and play at a high level."


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    Re: Pace's shoulder suffers setback

    Did I just read what I thought I read or am I having a terrible nightmare?

    Someone please wake me up!!

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    Re: Pace's shoulder suffers setback

    It's just swelling and pain, but that doesn't bode well even if there is no structural damage. Just the fact that landing on it hard did that means that he is indeed fragile and I wouldn't bet on him starting all 16 now. Maybe the docs can tape his shoulder up real good? Put on some extra padding?

    Orlando, you can't be chasing after guys like a linebacker anymore!

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    Re: Pace's shoulder suffers setback

    The bottom line is that this is going to be touch and go and hold your breath all year. Its not just that he has to be healthy, he also has to play himself back into form.

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    Let's hope it's fine. We need Pace this year.

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    Re: Pace's shoulder suffers setback

    its just f'n great.
    he will never get his confidence back fully.
    therefore we really need to look to next years draft and get a future tackle.

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    Re: Pace's shoulder suffers setback

    Wonderful. I say we go ahead and get a left tackle now, just for insurance. As GC said, it's gonna be touch and go all year. I really don't think we should be moving linemen around. I hear Barron's MUCH better on the right side. W/ Setterstrom gone, our depth is already hurting. Besides, aren't Greco, Schuening and Fry listed as depth on the right side? I'm sure they're capable of moving around, but I say if a tackle comes available during roster cuts, we snap him up, just in case ... and we should all pray big O holds up.
    Last edited by Dwight Frye; -08-22-2008 at 09:37 AM.

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    Re: Pace's shoulder suffers setback

    I think Pace can be healthy if Marc Bulger doesn't throw interceptions. =]

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    Re: Pace's shoulder suffers setback

    So, a left tackle in the first round next year?

    It doesn't sound good, how will he ever survive 50 or 60 snaps every week for the rest of the year? My confidence in Pace is severely shaken.

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    Re: Pace's shoulder suffers setback

    Quote Originally Posted by RamOfDenmark View Post
    So, a left tackle in the first round next year?

    It doesn't sound good, how will he ever survive 50 or 60 snaps every week for the rest of the year? My confidence in Pace is severely shaken.
    Couldn't agree more. We need one now, Pace's injuries are getting annoying. He's a top LT, but can't prove it because he doesn't play any more. This hurts the team severly.

    Good post RamOfDenmark, we need a new LT. We either land a good one in the free agency as we did with Bell, or we draft a new one who is a top 10 choice in LT.

    I hope Pace doesn't go down. If the Rams need to, keep him on the bench. We need him, and if he gets hurt this weekend, before the Philly game, we're going to look into a lot of change along the line.

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    Re: Pace's shoulder suffers setback

    I hate to say it, but Pace has become damaged goods. We definitely need to find a replacement in the draft next year.

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    Re: Pace's shoulder suffers setback

    Who are some veteran tackles free agent wise? Luke P. and Shane O. come to mind.

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    Re: Pace's shoulder suffers setback

    We would have gone offensive tackle this year if jake long wasnt gone. IF we have another crappy season, i think offensive tackle may well be our first priority in the draft.

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    You know a tackle I'd like us to have? Vernon Carey from Miami Dolphins. I think he has one year left...so maybe he'd be a free agent pick up.

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    Re: Pace's shoulder suffers setback

    Quote Originally Posted by Dwight Frye View Post
    Wonderful. I say we go ahead and get a left tackle now, just for insurance. As GC said, it's gonna be touch and go all year. I really don't think we should be moving linemen around. I hear Barron's MUCH better on the right side. W/ Setterstrom gone, our depth is already hurting. Besides, aren't Greco, Schuening and Fry listed as depth on the right side? I'm sure they're capable of moving around, but I say if a tackle comes available during roster cuts, we snap him up, just in case ... and we should all pray big O holds up.
    According to YAHOO a guy by the name of Julius Wilson is listed as Orlando Pace's back-up on the preseason depth chart.

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