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    Rams blame Bulger injury on cheap shot

    Rams blame Bulger injury on cheap shot
    By Jim Thomas
    Of the Post-Dispatch
    Sunday, Oct. 24 2004

    Miami defensive end
    drove the quarterback
    to ground, Martz says

    MIAMI - As if the 31-14 final score weren't bad enough for the Rams,
    quarterback Marc Bulger ended Sunday's game with a sore throwing shoulder after
    what the Rams claim was a cheap-shot hit by Miami defensive end Jason Taylor.

    "I know how he got hurt, and it bothers me," coach Mike Martz said. "He got
    driven into the ground."

    The play in question occurred when Bulger threw a touchdown pass to Shaun
    McDonald with 5 minutes 19 seconds remaining in the game. After being hit by
    Taylor, Bulger complained to referee Johnny Grier, but there was no flag.

    "I wasn't arguing with the fact that it was late," Bulger said. "And I know
    it's football. But it's just a matter that you're in a vulnerable position, the
    ball's gone already, and he slams you down."

    Officiating crews seem to be watching late hits on quarterbacks more closely
    this season, but that wasn't the case Sunday with Bulger.

    "I had my name on the back of my jersey, maybe that's why," Bulger said,
    suggesting that a more prominent quarterback might have gotten a call.

    After examination by team medical officials, Bulger said he didn't expect to
    have an MRI exam.

    "They said it wasn't separated," Bulger said. "They know exactly what happened,
    right at the spot that it's hurt. It's just an AC joint. ... I think the week
    off will help."

    The Rams have a bye this week and don't play until Nov. 7 against New England.

    Long injury report

    Bulger isn't the only Rams player who might need the bye week to get healthy.

    Rookie Brandon Chillar, starting for the second game in a row in place of the
    injured Robert Thomas (ankle), suffered a pulled hamstring in the first
    quarter. He was replaced at middle linebacker by Trev Faulk.

    Wide receiver Dane Looker suffered an ankle injury making a third-down catch on
    the Rams' second-quarter touchdown drive. The Rams scored on the next play, so
    Bulger took over Looker's holder duties on the extra point. Looker returned to
    hold following the Rams' fourth-quarter TD but was replaced in the Rams'
    four-wide receiver sets by Kevin Curtis.

    Several other Rams failed to finish the game: starting defensive end Bryce
    Fisher left with a bruised chest; offensive tackle Grant Williams left with a
    pinched nerve in his neck and shoulder area; and backup cornerback Dwight
    Anderson suffered a shoulder injury on punt coverage early in the fourth
    quarter.

    Williams' injury forced some shuffling on the offensive line in the fourth
    quarter. Starting left guard Scott Tercero moved to Williams' spot at right
    tackle, with Chris Dishman coming off the bench to play left guard.

    Fisher has rough return

    Although he finished the game, cornerback Travis Fisher may have aggravated the
    forearm injury he suffered Aug. 23 in a preseason game against Kansas City.
    Fisher was cleared to play last Monday and found out Thursday he would start
    against the Dolphins.

    Fisher thought he aggravated the forearm sometime in the first half against the
    Dolphins. He had an X-ray after the game and could have additional examination
    today in St. Louis.

    In his first action in two months, Fisher missed a tackle on Miami's first
    touchdown - an 8-yard run by Sammy Morris. He also was beaten on Chris
    Chambers' 71-yard TD catch in the fourth quarter.

    Harris, T. Jackson sit

    Because of hamstring injuries, second-year running back Arlen Harris missed his
    first game as a Ram and defensive captain Tyoka Jackson missed his second
    straight game.

    Harris and Jackson were among the Rams' seven pregame inactives. The others: DT
    Jimmy Kennedy (foot); PK Jeff Chandler; and OGs Darnell Alford, Tom Nutten, and
    Blaine Saipaia.

    With Harris out, undrafted rookie Anderson handled kickoff return duties for
    the first time in the NFL. Following Anderson's injury, Mike Furrey returned
    kickoffs. Dusty McGrorty, promoted Friday from the practice squad, was the
    team's third running back and played on special teams. In a mild surprise, Jeff
    Wilkins played despite suffering an ankle injury last week against Tampa Bay,
    but he had a light day with only two extra points and three kickoffs.

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    Re: Rams blame Bulger injury on cheap shot

    Quote Originally Posted by NickSeiler
    Rams blame Bulger injury on cheap shot
    By Jim Thomas
    Of the Post-Dispatch
    Sunday, Oct. 24 2004

    "I wasn't arguing with the fact that it was late," Bulger said. "And I know
    it's football. But it's just a matter that you're in a vulnerable position, the
    ball's gone already, and he slams you down."
    It is football. Maybe that'll motivate you to bulk up next year. QBs are pampered enough already. DL are expected to stop in mid-air as is already.

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    Re: Rams blame Bulger injury on cheap shot

    Quote Originally Posted by adarian_too
    It is football. Maybe that'll motivate you to bulk up next year. QBs are pampered enough already. DL are expected to stop in mid-air as is already.
    This kind of crap is called on the Rams all the time when they can't pull up, so why isn't it called on Rams QBs? Perhaps Bulger and some fans wouldn't be upset if the refs at least showed some consistency when making these calls.
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    Re: Rams blame Bulger injury on cheap shot

    Quote Originally Posted by NickSeiler
    This kind of crap is called on the Rams all the time when they can't pull up, so why isn't it called on Rams QBs? Perhaps Bulger and some fans wouldn't be upset if the refs at least showed some consistency when making these calls.
    It's a valid point. Just another example of how we have managed to get things half-asssed backwards where the NFL is more concerned with protecting refs than the integrity of the competition when they choose to fine coaches for voicing their opinion about public events rather than fixing the underlying problems.

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