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Tuesday Morning--Bulger hurting-Wagoner
Tuesday, October 18, 2005
- It's 2:46 a.m. and just back from Indianapolis.
- My quick take on Marc Bulger's shoulder injury. Bulger himself said after the game that it's extremely similar to the one he suffered against San Francisco last year. Bulger missed the rest of that game and two more before returning to play Philadelphia in late December. Bulger had a similar injury even earlier in that season against Miami, but the degree of the injury wasn't as bad. It would stand to reason that Bulger will likely miss the next two games and then get the bye week to recover in time for the game at Seattle on Nov. 13. Again, we will know more after Bulger has an MRI on Tuesday afternoon, but based on what he said, it looks like that game would be his targeted return. Here's hoping for a faster recovery.
- I don't know if the Rams would have won the game had Bulger not been injured, but I definitely would have liked to see them try. Bulger and the offense was in a great rhythm despite the turnover and with an early lead had a chance to push ahead and continue to stay ahead of the Colts.
- There is no player on the Rams that is more valuable than Bulger. He really is on his way to becoming an elite quarterback in this league (if you don't consider him one already) and it's a shame that these type of injuries seem to be doing their best to hold his development back.
- The run defense is back to the swiss cheese status of last season. Edgerrin James is certainly a great running back and the Colts definitely present a pick your poison type of offense, but James was doing whatever he wants. It seemed like the Colts were in second and short situations for most of the evening.
- Big props to the offensive line for the way it came out of the gate. That group did an excellent job against a strong Indianapolis front four. That's another reason that Bulger's injury leaves such a sour taste in your mouth, he got hit on a play that had nothing to do with the defensive line getting pressure. The unit continued to be pretty solid for most of the game.
- Steven Jackson looked outstanding in the first half, also. Once Bulger got hurt, it was going to be extremely difficult to keep Jackson as involved. The Colts were ready to leave the base Cover 2 and make Jamie Martin beat them.
- More to come later tonight (Tuesday evening), but for now it's time to finish up and head home.
Re: Tuesday Morning--Bulger hurting-Wagoner
Great piece, thank you