By Bill Coats
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
Thursday, Nov. 06 2008
His ailing knee still giving him trouble, cornerback Tye Hill on Wednesday
pronounced himself "definitely out" for Sunday's game against the New York
Jets, adding that he plans to see noted orthopedist Dr. James Andrews next week
in Birmingham, Ala.

Hill had surgery after tearing cartilage Sept. 28 against Buffalo.

The Rams' first-round draft choice in 2006 returned to practice last week.

"I felt like I was progressing pretty good on Wednesday and Thursday," Hill
said. "But on Friday ... I had a feeling like something just wasn't right. They
decided to drain it on Sunday and hopefully loosen it up. It's just been a
hassle since."

Hill sat out practice Wednesday and was limping in the locker room.

"I can't run," he said. "It's not worth it for me and it's not worth it for the
team. I just have to get healthy."

A wrist injury limited Hill to eight games last year. He recovered in time for
training camp, and he regained his starting job. But that lasted only four
weeks.

"I didn't see this coming; I thought injuries were behind me," Hill said. "It's
very frustrating, but it's part of the game."

HE'S RELEVANT NOW

After two months of watching games in street clothes, rookie David Vobora will
suit up Sunday for his first NFL regular-season contest.

"I've had trouble sleeping the last couple of nights because I'm so excited,"
said Vobora, dubbed "Mr. Irrelevant" as the last pick in April's draft.

Vobora will back up Will Witherspoon at middle linebacker and play on all four
special-teams units.

"David's a real smart kid, loves football, tireless worker," coach Jim Haslett
said. "I'm looking forward to seeing him. When you've been on the practice
squad and then you have an opportunity to play, it's a chance to shine."

CULBERSON BACK AT LB

When Chris Draft was moved into the lineup at strongside linebacker in Week 4,
it wasn't because of anything Quinton Culberson was doing wrong at that spot,
Haslett insisted.

"We just felt we needed more of a veteran guy in there, a guy that could settle
everybody down and kind of get the defense going in the right direction,"
Haslett said. "Nothing against 'Q,' because he was playing pretty good
football."

With Draft out because of a broken foot suffered Sunday against Arizona,
Culberson is back where he started the season.

"I just move back up and continue where I left off," said Culberson, a
second-year pro from Mississippi State. "Since I haven't been playing all the
snaps, I want to get my wind up and get my conditioning back in order. That's
the only thing I'm really worried about."

INJURY UPDATE

Defensive end Eric Moore (neck) sat out practice. ... Safety Oshiomogho Atogwe
(thigh), defensive tackle Adam Carriker (ankle) and wide receiver Derek Stanley
(ankle) were limited.