Surgery for Pace
By Jim Thomas
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
09/23/2007

For Orlando Pace, the Rams' perennial Pro Bowler at left tackle, the long road back to the playing field began Thursday in Texas. Pace underwent surgery to repair injuries to the rotator cuff and labrum of his right shoulder at St. Luke's Hospital in Houston. Dr. Walt Lowe performed the surgery.

Pace is due back in St. Louis on Monday. The expected recovery time for the surgery is six to eight months, which would take Pace into April. Pace suffered the injury blocking late in the first half of the Rams' regular-season opener Sept. 9 against Carolina.


Sack search for Little
By Jim Thomas
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
09/23/2007

Defensive end Leonard Little has gone longer than three games without a sack only once since the 2000 season. As the Rams enter Week 3 of the season, he's still looking for No. 1 — so he's due.

"It's been a long time since I had one," Little said. "Well, I had one in the preseason, but that doesn't count. I'm eager to get it."

Little came close to a sack against Carolina's Jake Delhomme in the opener, but Delhomme barely made it across the line of scrimmage before Little got him down.

"It's a game of inches," Little said.

Tampa Bay has allowed five sacks this season.

Sunday Morning QBs: Rams-Bucss predictions


Sunday, Sep. 23 2007

JIM THOMAS
POST-DISPATCH FOOTBALL WRITER
Rams stop the bleeding — for one week at least — against a Tampa defense that
ain't what it used to be.
Rams 24
Buccaneers 17

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BILL COATS
POST-DISPATCH FOOTBALL WRITER
Rams defense seems to be coming around, and the offense has to click at some
point. Mediocre Bucs defense provides that opportunity.
Rams 27
Buccaneers 23

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KATHLEEN NELSON
POST-DISPATCH FOOTBALL WRITER
The Bucs have upgraded an aging defense, which could make another long day for
Marc Bulger unless Steven Jackson finds his rhythm.
Buccaneers 21
Rams 13

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BERNIE MIKLASZ
POST-DISPATCH SPORTS COLUMNIST
If the Rams steadily give the ball to No. 39, Steven Jackson will have a
breakout game. But I need to see the commitment to the run before I believe it.
Buccaneers 23
Rams 17

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BRYAN BURWELL
POST-DISPATCH SPORTS COLUMNIST
Hard to imagine that the Rams can lose two at home, then go on the road and
pick up a victory. But a part of me keeps thinking this is the week the offense
and defense will respond.
Buccaneers 27
Rams 20

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JEFF GORDON
POST-DISPATCH ONLINE COLUMNIST
Back when a 9-7 finish seemed realistic, this road game looked like a "W." But
then again, so did the home games against Carolina and San Francisco.
Buccaneers 24
Rams 13