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    Two of five linebackers are hurt

    Two of five linebackers are hurt
    By Jim Thomas
    Of the Post-Dispatch
    Sunday, Sep. 12 2004

    The Rams entered Sunday's season opener with only five linebackers on their
    roster. And those numbers dwindled steadily in the team's 17-10 victory over
    Arizona.

    Outside linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa, the team's leading tackler last season as
    rookie, suffered a dislocated right shoulder in the first half making a jarring
    hit on Arizona wide receiver Bryant Johnson.

    He was temporarily replaced by Tommy Polley, but returned before halftime.
    Nonetheless, coach Mike Martz indicated that Tinoisamoa might be sidelined for
    a while.

    "He played the rest of the game in a harness strap, whatever you call it,"
    Martz said. "I would imagine we won't have him for a little while. They're
    going to MRI him and see if there's any damage in there."

    In addition, backup middle linebacker Trev Faulk suffered a torn hamstring. He
    could be sidelined for the next several weeks.

    Rookie defensive end Anthony Hargrove suffered a blow to the head on the
    opening kickoff but was able to return to the game.

    Cornerback Aeneas Williams limped off the field after a lineman fell on the
    back of his calf, but returned. Cornerback Jerametrius Butler dislocated two
    fingers but kept playing. Quarterback Marc Bulger jammed the knuckle of his
    left index finger during his 36-yard pass play to Torry Holt, but kept playing.


    Holding? What holding?

    Holding calls against defensive linemen are rare, but
    such a penalty against Tyoka Jackson wiped out an interception by DeJuan Groce,
    and led to Arizona's only touchdown of the game.

    Replays were inconclusive. Jackson pleaded innocent.

    "I have no recollection of holding anybody," he said. "That was horrible,
    horrible timing on the call, because we got an interception, we had some
    momentum. I feel really bad about it, but I don't remember holding any body."

    The penalty gave Arizona a first down on the St. Louis 11, and Emmitt Smith
    scored on the next play late in the third quarter.


    Surprise start for Groce

    After missing a good chunk of the preseason with a knee injury, Groce found
    himself in the starting lineup Sunday at cornerback. Groce said he wasn't
    informed until Saturday that he was starting instead of Kevin Garrett in place
    of the injured Travis Fisher.

    "I was more surprised than anything," Groce said. "Because coming off a knee
    injury, I didn't think I was going to be able to go. I thought I was going to
    be used on an as-needed basis."

    Groce, a second-year pro from Nebraska, said he wasn't nervous.

    "I've been thrown into the game before," he said, referring to his 2003 start
    at Pittsburgh. "That experience last year helped me out so much going into the
    game (Sunday)."

    Groce said his knee isn't 100 percent healthy, but "it's getting there."


    Milestones for Faulk, Wilkins

    Some of Marshall Faulk's teammates call him "Rush," and on Sunday, he rushed
    past two of the league's greatest runners.

    With 128 yards rushing, Faulk moved past O.J. Simpson into 12th place on the
    NFL career rushing list with 11,341 yards. With his 145 total yards Sunday, he
    moved past Marcus Allen on the career total yards list with 17,668.

    "Pretty cool," Faulk said. "Those are guys that I looked up to growing up."

    Meanwhile, place-kicker Jeff Wilkins became the Rams' all-time scoring leader
    with the first of his three field goals Sunday. He entered the game tied with
    former Rams kicker Mike Lansford with 789 points.

    Wilkins received a game ball from Martz.

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    Re: Two of five linebackers are hurt

    Just more proof that life isn't fair. Pisa makes a good football play ... a reputation setting hit ... a hit without leading with the helmet ... and he's the one that get's injured? That just isn't right.

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    Re: Two of five linebackers are hurt

    agree adarian! Anyone else getting sick of year after year of having to fight through all these injuries this team endures? You know, that is one thing that is seldom looked at with this team. We have more frikking goofy injuries! It is getting old. When are we going to be helathy???


    Quote Originally Posted by adarian_too
    Just more proof that life isn't fair. Pisa makes a good football play ... a reputation setting hit ... a hit without leading with the helmet ... and he's the one that get's injured? That just isn't right.

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    Re: Two of five linebackers are hurt

    Groce said he wasn't informed until Saturday that he was starting instead of Kevin Garrett in place
    What's the deal with this? Is Garrett hurt, in the dog-house, or what? I was expecting KG to get the start.
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    Re: Two of five linebackers are hurt

    I wonder if it was because of the size of Arizona's receivers, as Groce is bigger than Garrett.

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    Re: Two of five linebackers are hurt

    Quote Originally Posted by AvengerRam
    I wonder if it was because of the size of Arizona's receivers, as Groce is bigger than Garrett.
    I've learned not to put too much faith in the roster measurements, but for what's it worth, Garrett is the biggest of our CBs at 194. They're all listed at 5-10.

    Yea, that doesn't seem right to me either. Like I said, not much faith in the roster.
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    Re: Two of five linebackers are hurt

    Polley will have to step up and play like he used to with Pisa possibly out of the lineup. Groce hung in there yesterday and I personally was glad to see him play as well as he did. Garrett will get his chance, but he has to do better on ST's than he did yesterday. That "attempt" of an arm tackle when Scobey broke the KR was atrocious. He did come back on the next kickoff and hit someone, but he can't "attempt" those type of tackles and please Kevin, don't hesitate. Just stick someone.

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    Re: Two of five linebackers are hurt

    That "attempt" of an arm tackle when Scobey broke the KR was atrocious
    It looked to me like he was just standing there watching.
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    Re: Two of five linebackers are hurt

    Quote Originally Posted by RAMMAN68
    It looked to me like he was just standing there watching.
    Matters could have been worse. Whoever was cutting off Scobey, behind Coady, gave Scobey a hard push way out of bounds which could easily have been called Unnecessary Roughness. The STs is just marginally lucky they didn't compound their incompetence with stupidity.

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    Re: Two of five linebackers are hurt

    More proof that injuries can kill a good season. The whole team needs to step it up.
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    Re: Two of five linebackers are hurt

    Man,Pisa getting hurt really sucks!!I cant see how we can go into Atlanta with only three healthy LB's.I guess some more roster shuffling will have to be done this week... :disappoin
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    Re: Two of five linebackers are hurt

    Pisa's intensity will really be missed defensively against the Falcons. Hopefully everything checks out and he can come back as soon as possible.
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