By Howard Balzer
Wednesday, July 30, 2008


The Rams began the sixth day of training camp Wednesday morning without right guard Mark Setterstrom, and wide receiver Marques Hagans joined the walking wounded during practice.

Tuesday, Setterstrom was said to have experienced numbness in his leg, but after practice Wednesday morning, the injury was described as a strained muscle in his leg near the knee. Coach Scott Linehan said Setterstrom is expected to return to practice “pretty quickly.”

Hagans went down during practice with a tight hamstring. In addition cornerback Tye Hill (sore quad) and tight end Joe Klopfenstein (tight back) were also limited.

“You can’t worry about it,” Linehan said. “You just put the next guy in. We don’t have a lot of numbers (in camp), just like the other 31 teams, so you have to work to manage things.”


Watching defensive end Leonard Little, it’s almost forgotten how a bad toe sabotaged his 2007 season. Little had just one sack last season and played only seven games. Now, he looks like a young colt on the field and is enjoying football again after mid-season surgery.

Said coach Scott Linehan, “He has made a remarkable recovery. He was good to go in May and didn’t miss any OTAs.”

A healthy Little, along with the presence of James Hall and rookie Chris Long, is a huge upgrade over last season, when the team’s ends combined for just 5.5 sacks.