By Jim Thomas
Monday, Sep. 08 2008
PHILADELPHIA As he headed to the sideline, it looked as if Rams left tackle
Orlando Pace had injured his left shoulder with 10 minutes to go in Sunday's
38-3 loss to Philadelphia.

"That's what I thought, too," coach Scott Linehan said.

Given that Pace's 2007 season ended on opening day with a right shoulder
injury, this would have been a disaster times two. But it was "merely" a shot
to the ribs.

"He got the wind knocked out of him pretty good," Linehan said. "But it didn't
have anything to do with the shoulder."


The news wasn't as good for wide receiver Drew Bennett (foot) and defensive end
Leonard Little (hamstring). Both left in the opening minutes with injuries and
did not return.

Bennett suffered a left foot injury getting tackled on a 4-yard reception on
the Rams' first offensive possession.

"My toe got caught in a strange spot," said Bennett, who was on crutches
afterward. "All the pressure of the tackle came down on my knee and on my foot,
and my foot just gave a little bit."

X-rays were negative, but Bennett is scheduled for an MRI today. Team doctors
told Bennett there's the possibility of some tendon (or plantar fascia) damage.
The injury is on the middle inside of the foot.

Little also is scheduled for an MRI today after suffering his hamstring injury
just 90 seconds into the game. Little said he was coming off an attempted cut
block by Eagles offensive tackle Jon Runyan when the injury occurred.

"It's something I'm going to have to manage," Little said. "Hopefully, I can
come back next week and play."


Torry Holt's 10th NFL season couldn't have begun in quieter fashion. Holt had
the ball thrown to him only a couple of times and finished with one catch for 9
yards. The last time he finished with one catch (or none) in a game was 2004,
when he had one catch for 4 yards against Miami.

"They doubled him a lot and singled up our (flanker) a lot," quarterback Marc
Bulger said. "And once Drew got hurt, they stayed in that."

Bulger said he probably should have tried to check down the ball more to Steven
Jackson to counteract the Eagles' coverage.


Only defensive end Chris Long, wide receiver Keenan Burton and linebacker Chris
Chamberlain were in uniform Sunday among the Rams' eight-member 2008 draft

Offensive linemen John Greco and Roy Schuening, and linebacker David Vobora
were among the Rams' pregame inactives. So was wide receiver Donnie Avery, who
is sidelined with a sprained right knee. (In addition, fourth-round cornerback
Justin King is out for the year after undergoing toe surgery.)

The Rams' other inactives: running back Brian Leonard, defensive end Eric Moore
and safety Brannon Condren.


As the Rams' NFL Players Association rep, linebacker Will Witherspoon wore a
black armband Sunday in memory of the late Gene Upshaw, the former Hall of
Famer and longtime head of the NFLPA.