By Bill Coats
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
Saturday, Dec. 13 2008
After watching stand-in Dane Looker drill field goal after field goal in
practice this week, Rams kicker Josh Brown was back on the field Friday,
testing his sore groin.

"It felt very good ... very good," he reported afterward. "No pain, didn't have
any soreness or anything. So I don't think it's going to be any different this
Sunday than any of the other ones."

Brown suffered what he described as "a small muscle strain" late last week and
then felt "a little pull" on the opening kickoff Sunday at Arizona. He missed a
42-yard field goal, but later hit from 51 yards in the 34-10 loss to the
Cardinals.

Sitting out Wednesday and Thursday was mainly precautionary; groin problems can
hinder a kicker significantly, Brown noted. "You're swinging one part of your
body, and if that one part of the body hurts, it affects the stroke, affects
the mind," he said. "You've really got to have all parts working whenever
you're kicking."

The Rams will take on Brown's former team, the Seattle Seahawks, on Sunday at
the Edward Jones Dome. Because the game didn't sell out, it won't be televised
locally.

JOHNSON GETS START

University of Florida product Todd Johnson is eagerly awaiting the national
championship game against Oklahoma. "I think it's going to be a tough game,"
said Johnson, a Rams safety. "But I have confidence in my Gators."

Johnson has more pressing matters to attend to before focusing on that Jan. 8
match in Miami, though. On Sunday, he'll make just his second start in his two
seasons with the Rams, taking over for veteran Corey Chavous.

"I don't think it's really indicative of the way (Chavous has) been playing. I
think that it is more the situation we're in," Johnson said. "But I'm
definitely excited."

Johnson, 6 feet 1 and 202 pounds, started 18 games during three seasons with
Chicago before joining the Rams as a free agent in 2007.

RAM-BLINGS

For the first time in several weeks, the team practiced outdoors at Rams Park.
"Some guys, their legs are tired from being on the (artificial) turf all the
time, so we decided to go outside," coach Jim Haslett explained. ... Haslett
was 0-3 vs. the Seahawks as coach of the New Orleans Saints.