Rams Notes: Sprained ankle could keep Hall on sidelines
By Bill Coats
Saturday, Nov. 24 2007

The injury woes endured by the Rams' offensive line this season have been well
documented. Now, the team might have a problem on the defensive line.

Two weeks after Leonard Little underwent toe surgery and was placed on injured
reserve, fellow defensive end James Hall is nursing a sprained left ankle. He
was injured Nov. 11 at New Orleans and got fewer snaps than normal last week
vs. the *****.

Hall was listed as questionable on Friday's injury report, meaning that his
chances of suiting up Sunday against Seattle are 50-50.

Hall is more optimistic.

"It got stronger through the course of the week, and the swelling went down,"
he said. "It kind of feels like it did at this point last week, and I was able
to go in the San Francisco game. So I'll try it again this week."

Still, Rams coach Scott Linehan noted that "if he does (play), we'll have to
spell him."

Thus, the Rams probably will take an "end by committee" approach, using Trevor
Johnson, Eric Moore and even rookie Adam Carriker there. Victor Adeyanju has
replaced Little on the other side.

Carriker, an All-American defensive end at Nebraska, had played tackle almost
exclusively this season until last week, when he had significant time at end.

"When I first lined up, I was like, 'I'm a mile away from the ball,'" he said.
"But then as the play happens, it kind of all comes back to me. It comes

He indicated that he's about equally comfortable at all the spots on the line.

"I'll play whatever," Carriker said. "I think that's something I definitely
bring to the table. I can play whatever they want in any package. Need an end,
need a tackle, a nose ... I'm your guy."


In the current Sports Illustrated, Hall is designated as one of professional
sports "biggest losers."

The magazine determined which player in each of the four major leagues had the
lowest won-loss percentage for his career.

Hall, who spent seven seasons in Detroit before he was traded to the Rams in
March, had a 25.3 percent success rate, meaning that his teams had won only
about one-fourth of the time.

That not only was the worst rate in the NFL, it was a lower percentage than the
players representing the three other sports.

With a laugh, Hall said, "I'm really looking forward to rectifying that."


By mid-morning Friday, all tickets had been sold for Sunday's game, meaning
that it will be televised locally (KTVI, Channel 2). The deadline for the
sellout was extended 24 hours, to noon Friday, because of the Thanksgiving

It marks the first sellout for the Rams since the Sept. 16 game vs. San

The last two home games, Oct. 7 against Arizona and Oct. 28 against Cleveland,
were blacked out here.


Tackle Alex Barron (neck), center/guard Brett Romberg (ankle) and linebacker
Will Witherspoon (foot) were listed as probable on the injury report.

ó With 302 field goals, Jeff Wilkins is three short of moving into 15th place
on the NFL career list. He's chasing St. Louisan Pat Leahy, Adam Vinatieri and
Jim Turner, all at 304.

ó Donnie Jones' 80-yard bomb Oct. 21 at Seattle is the longest punt in the
league this season.

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