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    Rams Notebook: Timmerman's streak might be about to end

    By Bill Coats
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    Thursday, Dec. 14 2006

    Although no one at Rams Park has acknowledged as much, the phase-out of veteran
    guard Adam Timmerman might have begun.

    The broken ribs that Timmerman has been playing with for three weeks are
    severely limiting his practice time, and he might be forced to sit out Sunday's
    game at Oakland. If so, Timmerman's streak of 204 consecutive games 184 in
    the regular season, 20 in the playoffs would came to an end.

    "Definitely not the way I want it, but it happens," said Timmerman, 35. "It's
    not really improving like we had hoped. That's one thing we can do, rest this
    week and not bang around on Sunday and see how they are. I know that's what
    (coach Scott Linehan is) exploring right now."

    While Timmerman watched, Linehan juggled the offensive live in practice
    Wednesday. Right tackle Alex Barron, left tackle Todd Steussie and left guard
    Mark Setterstrom were in their usual spots. But center Richie Incognito took
    reps at right guard Timmerman's spot in the lineup since joining the Rams in
    1999 and Brett Romberg was at center.

    Romberg, signed off Jacksonville's practice squad Sept. 12, played down the
    significance of the new assignments.

    "They just wanted me to help out a little bit, fill a spot," he said. "They
    said Adam wasn't feeling too good, just come in and help us out."

    Still, Linehan has made it clear that the future of Incognito, who has been the
    first-team center since Andy McCollum suffered a season-ending knee injury in
    the opener, is at guard. And if Timmerman were to suit up vs. the Raiders, Adam
    Goldberg probably would have been working at right guard, with Incognito
    remaining at center.

    Goldberg, who has been rotating with Timmerman recently, instead was with the
    No. 2 unit.

    Although Timmerman was listed as questionable Wednesday on the week's first
    injury report, meaning by the NFL's definition that his chances of playing are
    50-50, he seemed to sense that change was in the wind.

    "If we do something different, it's whatever Coach Linehan thinks is best for
    the team, and I'm OK with that," said Timmerman, a 12th-year pro. "I don't want
    to do anything, either, to hurt the guys that are out there. I have a lot of
    respect for them, and I don't want to put them in a bad situation ... put
    myself ahead of the team or anything like that. ...

    "I just want my fellow offensive linemen to know I'm not quitting on them, no
    matter what the record is or how it's going."

    Not that any of them would draw that conclusion; Timmerman hasn't missed a game
    since his rookie season in Green Bay in 1995. "He's willing to give it all for
    the team," said Setterstrom, a rookie. "Obviously, he's a warrior."

    Timmerman was out for just one play Nov. 19 at Carolina after being kicked in
    the left side. He acknowledged that his play deteriorated gradually over the
    following three games, however.

    "San Francisco, the first week back after (the injury), I thought it went well,
    and Arizona (the next Sunday) went pretty good," he said. "I wasn't as happy
    this past week," when the Rams lost to the Chicago Bears 42-27 on Monday night.

    "It takes me till about the end of the week to feel good after the game. And
    this week's shorter because of Monday night," Timmerman said. "It's hard to get
    the feel of driving somebody and staying low when you haven't done anything all
    week. ... So, we're thinking about a different approach."

    It would be unwise to count out Timmerman just yet, though. Last season,
    interim head coach Joe Vitt announced that a back injury would keep Timmerman
    out vs. Arizona. But on Sunday, Timmerman was in the lineup.

    "You never know," Timmerman said. "The body's kind of a weird thing. Hopefully,
    we can just get back to 100 percent and headed in the right direction."

    Ram-blings

    Rookie cornerback Josh Lay, a sixth-round draft pick by New Orleans, has been
    added to the practice squad. The 6-foot-1, 197-pound Lay, cut by the Saints on
    Sept. 1, replaces defensive end Tyler King. ... Rams Hall of Famer Jackie
    Slater is the Raiders' co-offensive line coach.


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    Re: Rams Notebook: Timmerman's streak might be about to end

    cant they just put the guy in for the first play and then take him out?

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    Re: Rams Notebook: Timmerman's streak might be about to end

    Timmerman belongs in the rams HOF. He is an underated component of what was once an excellent o line during the gsot and a real community leader. A class act all the way, he reflects what being a Ram is all about. A key free agent signing as the team turned around before the 99 magical season.

    In the words of david spade in the movie coneheads, "He will be missed. He will walk with the Chosen. Super Guy."

    ramming speed to all

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    Re: Rams Notebook: Timmerman's streak might be about to end

    timmerman is the best 7th round pick that i know of...

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    Re: Rams Notebook: Timmerman's streak might be about to end

    Quote Originally Posted by general counsel View Post
    Timmerman belongs in the rams HOF. He is an underated component of what was once an excellent o line during the gsot and a real community leader. A class act all the way, he reflects what being a Ram is all about. A key free agent signing as the team turned around before the 99 magical season.

    In the words of david spade in the movie coneheads, "He will be missed. He will walk with the Chosen. Super Guy."

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    GC, very well put,timmerman will be missed on the team and in the community,a class act,hopefully he can keep the streak going this week.

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    Re: Rams Notebook: Timmerman's streak might be about to end

    Quote Originally Posted by rampete View Post
    timmerman is the best 7th round pick that i know of...
    a perfect example of why you dont lose games to advance your draft position, heres a guy who has a chance at the hall of fame and yet most of our #1 picks aren't even on the team anymore.

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    Re: Rams Notebook: Timmerman's streak might be about to end

    wasnt tom brady a 7th round pick?

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    Re: Rams Notebook: Timmerman's streak might be about to end

    Quote Originally Posted by general counsel View Post
    wasnt tom brady a 7th round pick?

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    No sir, he was a sixth round pick I believe.
    BRUUUUUUUUCE


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    Re: Rams Notebook: Timmerman's streak might be about to end

    Marc Bulger was a late rounder too

    But then again, Pace was the number 1 overall pick and Holt was 6th i believe. Where would we be without them?

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