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    Rams Notebook: Rib pain is an issue for Bulger

    By Bill Coats
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    Tuesday, Dec. 05 2006

    According to Rams offensive coordinator Greg Olson, the challenge for
    quarterback Marc Bulger is making sure that the pain in his side doesn't travel
    to his brain.

    "His ability to manage the pain and still be able to think clearly," Olson
    explained. "Any time you're dealing with a pain issue, it's going to affect a
    guy's mental state."

    Bulger is scheduled for an MRI exam today to determine "whether he has anything
    more significant ... maybe a cracked rib or something," coach Scott Linehan
    said. "It's just to make sure there isn't anything in there that's loose or
    that he could make it any worse."

    Bulger has taken a beating this season. He has been sacked 41 times, including
    four Sunday in the 34-20 loss to Arizona, and drilled to the turf many other
    times after launching passes.

    At the current pace, the Rams would yield 54 sacks this year. That would top
    the 21-year-old franchise record of 51, when Dieter Brock was quarterbacking
    the Los Angeles Rams.

    Linehan said Bulger's injury "hasn't worsened in any way; it's the same. It's a
    (pain) tolerance thing that he's been playing with for a few weeks."

    Bulger's throwing doesn't seem to be affected. "We missed one of our deep
    routes to Torry," Olson said, "but other than that, he was pretty accurate
    throughout most of the day" vs. the Cardinals.

    Still, Olson stressed that Bulger is hurting and somewhat hampered. "We all get
    a chance to watch him as he comes off the field after each series," Olson said.
    "It's obvious it's bothersome to him ... probably his mobility more than
    anything."

    Adeyanju on the mend

    Rookie defensive end Victor Adeyanju, who broke his right forearm Nov. 26 vs.
    San Francisco, has "an outside chance of possibly playing Monday night" when
    the Chicago Bears visit the Edward Jones Dome, Linehan said.

    Adeynaju, a fourth-round draft pick out of Indiana, had started nine games in a
    row before Brandon Green replaced him on the right side Sunday. Adeyanju was
    expected to be out up to a month.

    "He's probably 'doubtful,' but could become 'questionable' if we get further in
    the week and it improves," Linehan said. "If you can have a cast on it that
    keeps it from being reinjured ... you can play with it at that position."

    Noting that Adeyanju grew up in Chicago, Linehan said: "Playing the Bears on
    Monday night, that's even more motivation to him. I don't want to rule it out."

    Guard platoon

    Veteran Adam Timmerman, who has three cracked ribs, shared the right-guard
    duties Sunday with Adam Goldberg. Olson indicated that would be the approach
    the rest of the way.

    "With Adam now this late in the season and at this stage of his career, we've
    got to keep an eye on him and make sure that he's still able to move," Olson
    said. "It's something we're going to have to manage from here on out with Adam.
    ... As long as he can manage the pain, it's in our best interest to kind of
    rotate both of those guys.

    "They both have strengths and weaknesses. Really, they're kind of the same
    player, so there's really not a dropoff going from one to the other."

    Ponder stands out

    A week after he was among the Rams' inactives vs. *****, Willie Ponder on
    Sunday showed off the kick-return acumen that made him the league leader two
    years ago. Ponder averaged 31 yards on six returns, including a 40- and
    39-yarders that preceded touchdown drives.

    "Willie was a real bright spot," Linehan said.


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    Re: Rams Notebook: Rib pain is an issue for Bulger

    i replyed to a post the other day about how tough a guy timmerman is and he is one of the toughest guys around,but our QB doesnt get enough credit for playing hurt either,the beating this guy takes week in and week out would have most QB's on the IR list.he doesn't say much(until this wekend),he just continues to go out there and play hard every down. as of today i add Marc Bulger to the tough guy list and hope that someday soon we start to protect him better so he doesnt have to be on this list for the reasons we are talking about.

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    Re: Rams Notebook: Rib pain is an issue for Bulger

    Quote Originally Posted by RamWraith View Post
    By Bill Coats
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    Tuesday, Dec. 05 2006


    At the current pace, the Rams would yield 54 sacks this year. That would top
    the 21-year-old franchise record of 51, when Dieter Brock was quarterbacking
    the Los Angeles Rams.
    My gosh the O-Line knows that Bulger is hurting and they can't even show the man the respect of some protection. We don't need to be breaking any records from the Dieter Brock era. Just reading that paragraph gave me some nasty flash backs...:x

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