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    Rams are set for Steussie's return

    By Jim Thomas
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    Tuesday, Nov. 20 2007

    When the Rams agreed to an injury settlement Sept. 5 with Todd Steussie, little
    did they realize the sense of urgency there would be for his return.

    But given the state of their injury-tattered offensive line, Steussie will be
    greeted like a conquering hero when he returns to Rams Park this week.

    Not only is Steussie expected to re-sign with the team today, he's expected to
    start at right guard or right tackle Sunday against Seattle. Steussie hasn't
    played since suffering a fractured left foot in the exhibition finale, Aug. 30
    against Kansas City.

    Is it realistic to think that Steussie can return to the lineup after being
    sidelined for nearly three months?

    "Oh, I think it'll definitely be realistic," Rams offensive coordinator Greg
    Olson said. "When you look at it, we've brought guys in off the street this
    season that have been active and have become starters in less than two weeks.
    So that's not unrealistic at all. We're real excited to get him back."

    Especially after a Sunday in which the Rams gave up six sacks against San
    Francisco. This week's opponent, Seattle, figures to be no pass protection
    picnic, either.

    When the Rams and Seahawks met Oct. 21 in Seattle, quarterback Marc Bulger was
    sacked seven times, matching his career high.

    Unofficially, Bulger was hit on five other occasions. Seattle defensive end
    Darryl Tapp had a career day with four sacks.

    Although he didn't have a sack, defensive tackle Rocky Bernard gave the Rams
    fits inside.

    The troubles against the Seahawks weren't limited to pass protection, either,
    because the Rams rushed for season-low 53 yards that day.

    With all that in mind, the Rams aren't hoping to get Steussie back in the
    lineup ó they're counting on it.

    "He's got a lot of experience," Olson said. "And he's a very smart, very
    intelligent player. He knows all the line calls. He's done an excellent job in
    the two years he's been here with us."

    For a while, it looked like year No. 2 was over when Steussie suffered the foot
    injury in the second quarter of the Governor's Cup game with the Chiefs.
    Steussie needed surgery, and the original diagnosis was that he would be out
    six to eight weeks.

    Once a player is designated for the injured reserve list, his team has five
    days to reach an injury settlement ó otherwise he's out for the season and the
    club must pay him his full salary. By reaching the settlement, however, the
    Rams were eligible to bring Steussie back this week.

    Under league rules, the formula for a player returning under an injury
    settlement is the number of weeks of the settlement, plus six weeks.

    In Steussie's case, the injury settlement was for five weeks. That settlement,
    plus six weeks, brings us to this week.

    "Knowing Todd, he'll be available for this game," Rams coach Scott Linehan
    said. "I know he's in very good condition. ... We'd like to get him ready as
    soon as possible. He's a veteran that works very hard at keeping in shape."

    Once the injury settlement was reached, Steussie no longer was under contract
    with the Rams. So he couldn't do his rehab work or work out at Rams Park. But
    Steussie, 36, stayed in St. Louis. In fact, his sons attend the same school as
    Linehan's sons.

    "My wife has seen him at school," Linehan said. "My wife tells me, 'Hey,
    Steussie looks like he's in shape. You might want to re-sign him.'"

    And here he is. Ready for action ó kind of.

    "Based on how we played offensively and how we played up front (against San
    Francisco), we've got to consider some type of adjustment for this next game,"
    Linehan said.


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    Re: Rams are set for Steussie's return

    Glad Steussie is back, sort of, but what's up with Linehan's little son dogging him about his scheme's not working and his wife telling him who he should sign on the O line? Did his maid have anything to do with the way the Rams have "cleaned up" their turnover act?

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    Re: Rams are set for Steussie's return

    yeah i think his pets are scouting free agents for him.

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    Re: Rams are set for Steussie's return

    Hopefully him just being in the game will give Marc more confidence in the pocket.

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    Re: Rams are set for Steussie's return

    Quote Originally Posted by BigGameMN View Post
    Hopefully him just being in the game will give Marc more confidence in the pocket.
    Yes siree! That's what it's all about. And yes, hopefully Steussie will bring some of that on Sunday and the rest of the OL feed off from the incentive. The squawks will want to pounce on our mended OL again so we need to be ready.

    Protection, p-l-e-a-s-e! :bash:

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