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    St. Louis Rams get both good, bad news in offensive line

    By Jim Thomas
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    Wednesday, Nov. 19 2008
    A Rams team desperate for good news on any front got some Tuesday when it was
    learned that Richie Incognito's shoulder checked out OK.

    Incognito left in the first half of the San Francisco game feeling pain in his
    shoulder; there was concern that he might have rotator cuff issues. But an MRI
    exam Monday evening revealed no damage. Incognito reported good strength in the
    shoulder and will be back in the starting lineup Sunday at right guard against
    the visiting Chicago Bears.

    "He's ready to go," coach Jim Haslett said Tuesday.

    It's not as if the Rams' offensive line has distinguished itself this season,
    but Incognito and Orlando Pace clearly have been the team's most consistent
    blockers. The prospect of losing both for an extended period of time would have
    been a further blow in what already is a dismal 2-8 season.

    Pace will be out two to four weeks with ligament damage in his right knee.

    After losing two starters to injury during training camp and the preseason, the
    offensive line had been pretty stable up to this point.

    Brett Romberg suffered a broken hand that sidelined him for several weeks in
    August, ultimately costing him the starting center job to Nick Leckey. Mark
    Setterstrom opened camp as the starting right guard ahead of Incognito. But a
    fractured left kneecap in the Aug. 16 preseason game against San Diego ended
    Setterstrom's season and could be career-threatening.

    But once the regular season began, the Rams' five line starters had missed a
    total of only three games until now. Left guard Jacob Bell missed games against
    the New York Giants and Seattle with a hamstring injury. Pace sat out the
    Dallas game with a thigh injury.

    In each of those three games, Adam Goldberg stepped into the starting lineup
    off the bench. Goldberg is poised to do the same thing this time around at left
    tackle for as long as Pace is sidelined.

    "That's what I'm here to do, right?" Goldberg said. "I've just got to fill in,
    execute the offense and play ball. There's not much you can say."

    Goldberg, 6-7, 318 pounds, has been a valuable utility man for the Rams since
    being acquired Sept. 3, 2006 for a seventh-round draft pick. He started twice
    at right tackle last season before being placed on injured reserve in early
    October with a knee injury. In '06, he started once at left guard and once at
    left tackle.

    This summer, Goldberg got extensive work at left tackle during training camp
    and the preseason while Pace was working his way back from shoulder surgery. So
    he's comfortable at the position.

    "I hope Big O gets healthy as fast as possible, and in the meantime, I'm
    prepared to fill in as best I can," Goldberg said. "He's a great player and a
    great man. He's got a great support system, great family. So Orlando's got a
    lot of things going for him. I wish him a speedy recovery, and he'll be back."

    In the meantime, Haslett has full confidence that Goldberg can get it done at
    left tackle.

    "The thing I like about him, he's tough, nasty, and physical," Haslett said. "I
    like his demeanor when he comes on the field. He's got a little swagger about
    him. He'll do a good job of holding up."

    To shore up their depth, the Rams signed tackle-guard Anthony Davis to their
    active roster Tuesday. Davis, 6-4, 322, is a five-year NFL veteran who started
    32 games at left tackle for Tampa Bay over the 2005 and 2006 seasons. He saw
    action in four games this season, mainly on special teams, before being
    released in late October.

    "With Orlando being out a couple of weeks, we just needed some insurance," said
    Billy Devaney, the Rams' executive vice president for player personnel.

    Davis probably won't be up to speed in time to suit up for Sunday's game with
    Chicago, but the Rams plan to have rookie John Greco on the game-day roster to
    back up at tackle and guard. To make room for Davis on the roster, the Rams
    released running back Samkon Gado.

    BEARS GAME

    is a sellout

    The Chicago game is a sellout and will be televised locally. However, there may
    be some tickets available later in the week in the form of returns from the
    Bears. Tickets can be purchased online at The official site of the St. Louis Rams - Home Page or
    www.ticketmaster.com; on the phone at 314-421-4400 or 618-222-2900; or in
    person at area Ticketmaster outlets.


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    Re: St. Louis Rams get both good, bad news in offensive line

    NO! That means Greco isn't starting. We REALLY need to see what he's made of...

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    Re: St. Louis Rams get both good, bad news in offensive line

    Will this finally be the week I get to watch the Rams in Michigan??

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    Re: St. Louis Rams get both good, bad news in offensive line

    "The thing I like about him [A. Goldberg], he's tough, nasty, and physical," Haslett said. "I like his demeanor when he comes on the field. He's got a little swagger about him. He'll do a good job of holding up." -- J. Haslett

    How we need this from ... e v e r y o n e ... in the team!

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