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Rams Notebook: Rams' Smith gets examined after big hit
By Bill Coats
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
Tuesday, Oct. 03 2006
It was bad enough the Rams' Paul Smith and Detroit's Frank Davis had to be
admitted to Barnes-Jewish Hospital after their violent collision Sunday. Then
they wound up sharing a room.
"How about that?" Rams coach Scott Linehan said Monday. "They knocked each
other out of the game, and they had to spend the night together."
Smith, a 5-foot-11, 237-pound fullback, was the wedge-buster on the opening
kickoff of the second half. Davis, a 6-3, 325-pound guard, was part of the
group trying to clear a route for return man Eddie Drummond.
Smith barreled downfield at full speed and slammed into the left side of the
wedge. The sound of his helmet making contact with Davis' could be heard
clearly even in the upper reaches of the stadium.
After several minutes on the turf, Smith walked off. A brace was placed on
Davis' neck, and he was removed via stretcher.
Davis was released from the hospital Monday, but Smith remained for further
examination. After the game, he was sporting a lump on the left side of his
face, plus several scratches on his neck. Smith said the damage was done when
the helmet was knocked askew.
"They have specialists looking at him," Linehan said. "They said there might be
some small fractures around the eye area. ... Whenever you get these kinds of
injuries, they're going to make sure. It's not anything to mess around with."
The results weren't in, but Linehan added: "I think Paul's going to be OK. I
don't know what that means as to when he'll be ready to play."
He couldn't help but applaud Smith's effort.
"We hadn't covered as well as we needed to," Linehan said. "We basically said
at halftime that we need to go down and attack better on the coverage team;
someone's going to have to make a statement. He certainly did with his play. ...
"Talk about giving one for the team. I mean, that was unbelievable. ... I've
never seen anything like it. We certainly don't want guys to get hurt, but he
had a job to do and he did it."
Other injury news
Linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa dislocated his left elbow for the second time this
"I tried to brace myself, and wow, there it goes," Tinoisamoa said. "Same way I
hurt it" originally in San Francisco.
Two ligaments in the elbow area are torn, and he probably will wear a brace all
"That's all you can pretty much do right now," he said. "Everything around (the
elbow) is just so weak."
Tinoisamoa missed just a few plays while getting retaped.
"Pisa's one tough sucker," defensive coordinator Jim Haslett said. "You can't
say enough about that kid. You'd like to have a whole handful of those type of
— Left tackle Orlando Pace (concussion), who missed his first game since the
2003 season, "feels much better than he did at this time last week," Linehan
said. "The prognosis is much more positive this week for him playing (at Green
Bay). But until we get to Sunday, there's nothing guaranteed. ... "As of right
now, he'll probably do some things in Wednesday's practice."
Jeff Wilkins is tied for the league lead in scoring with Chicago kicker Robbie
Gould. They have 50 points.
— Running back Steven Jackson is first in the NFL in total yardage, with 531
(367 rushing, 164 receiving).
— The Rams' plus-10 mark in turnover margin also is a league best.