By Bill Coats
Friday, Nov. 10 2006

Rams wide receiver Dane Looker grew up in Puyallup, Wash., about 35 miles south
of Seattle at the foot of Mount Rainier and in the heart of Seahawks country.
So, Looker wasn't surprised by the nasty forecast for his return to the Great
Northwest this weekend.

"We're going to get a real taste of the Seattle weather. It sounds like it's
going to be a little cold and wet," Looker said. The area has been deluged by
rain recently, and Sunday's forecast calls for a high of 47 degrees with a 70
percent chance of more precipitation.

Cold, slippery footballs make Looker's main job with the Rams"" as the holder
for kicker Jeff Wilkins a bit riskier. No matter what the conditions, though,
Looker would like to have more balls sail his way.

After making 83 catches for 915 yards in his first three full seasons with the
Rams, Looker is the odd-man out in Linehan's more traditional offense. Ten
receivers, but not Looker, have latched on to at least one of Bulger's throws.

His services as the No. 5 wideout have been pared back dramatically. "It's real
frustrating, especially as you get later in your career and you see the years
going by," Looker said. "But that's just the way it is. I've got to sit back
and wait for my turn."

How long he can afford to wait is something that Looker is pondering. At 30,
he's midway through his sixth NFL season and in the first year of a three-year
contract extension that runs through the 2008 season.

"You kind of start playing the 'what-if' game in your head," Looker said. "But
I'm definitely happy as a St. Louis Ram; the organization has been great to me.
You always want to have that opportunity to play on offense. Hopefully, it'll
happen here."

Great clips

His teammates did a double-take this week when J.R. Reed showed up with his
long dreadlocks shorn. "I needed a change, man," Reed said. "Things were gloomy
for a while, and I just needed a new me. Let's see if it's better this time

Must be working. Reed has been returned to his role as the primary kick
returner after three weeks on the inactive list.


The Rams' injury report was unchanged Thursday: Linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa
(hand) was questionable; and defensive end Leonard Little (knee), safety Jerome
Carter (elbow) and linebacker Isaiah Kacyvenski (hip) were probable. All are
expected to play Sunday. ... Wide receiver Isaac Bruce turns 34 today.