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    Lightbulb Rams' Turley says he may retire



    Rams' Turley says he may retire


    BY STEVE KORTE

    Knight Ridder Newspapers



    ST. LOUIS - (KRT) - Offensive tackle Kyle Turley, who will sit out the entire 2004 season for the St. Louis Rams due to a back injury, is mulling retirement.

    The 28-year-old Turley left training camp three weeks ago to seek out the opinion of several back specialists, and was told that he will likely require a second operation on the herniated disc in his back if he ever wants to return to the football field.

    If Turley opts for the operation, he probably wouldn`t be healthy enough to play until midway through the 2005 season.

    ESPN.com reported that Turley`s friends say he is not yet mentally prepared for the rigors of such a lengthy rehabilitation.

    There`s also no guarantee that the surgery will permanently correct Turley`s chronic back problems.

    Turley, appearing on Fox Sports Net`s "Best Damn Sports Show Period" on Thursday, said it was 50-50 whether he`d ever play again.

    "There`s the quality of life after football," Turley said in an interview on FSN Midwest. "I want to be able to pick my kids up when I`m 40 years old and carry them around."

    Turley failed to return several telephone calls from Rams coach Mike Martz in the week after he left training camp.

    "At the time, when things we`re going on, and Mike came on the air and talked about how I didn`t call him back, I was traveling around," Turley said. "And, it was a situation that I had not been used to dealing with. I was angry in some cases that this (injury) happened again and in other cases very disheartened. I didn`t return a lot of telephone calls."

    If Turley does retire, the Rams could seek the return of a portion of the $10 million signing bonus he received when they acquired him in a trade with the New Orleans Saints in March, 2003.

    Turley has been placed on injured reserve for this season. He`ll count $2.36 million against the Rams` salary cap for 2004.

    Turley was a model of durability before the back injury. He had missed only one game in six previous NFL seasons.

    The loss of Turley and center Dave Wohlabaugh, who was released after failing to comeback from off-season hip surgery, was a big blow for the Rams` offensive line.

    Compounding matters is the holdout of Pro Bowl left tackle Orlando Pace, who has yet to sign the one-year, $7.05 million tender as the team`s franchise agent.

    The Rams are in the process of finalizing their roster. They must trim 12 players by 3 p.m. on Sunday to get down to the NFL regular-season limit of 53 players.



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    Re: Rams' Turley says he may retire

    Good...he should have retired two years ago.
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