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Wilkins' start turns scary after hit by Holt's brother
By Jim Thomas
Of the Post-Dispatch
Monday, Aug. 29 2005
DETROIT - Place-kicker Jeff Wilkins made his exhibition debut Monday for the
Rams and nearly got more than he bargained for. On the Rams' second extra point
of the game, Detroit's Terrence Holt crashed through the right side of the
Rams' line and into Wilkins' kicking leg.
Holt, the younger brother of Rams wide receiver Torry Holt, hit Wilkins' leg as
Wilkins was following through on the extra point. Terrence Holt was offsides on
the play, so the Rams got to kick again.
Remy Hamilton handled the kick, with Wilkins heading toward the sideline
limping slightly. But it was more scare than injury. Wilkins, a Pro Bowler
following the 2003 season, returned to kick the extra point following the Rams'
third touchdown of the game, as well as field goals of 35 yards and 31 yards in
the third quarter.
Hamilton, one of the top kickers in the Arena Football League, had handled all
kicking chores in the Rams' first two exhibition games. On Monday, Hamilton
handled kickoffs, with Wilkins scheduled to take care of extra points and field
Carter strains Achilles' tendon
Rookie Jerome Carter, who started the Rams' first two exhibition games at
strong safety, suffered a strained Achilles' tendon in the second quarter and
did not return. Carter was playing safety in the Rams' nickel package before
the injury. He was replaced by Michael Stone and then rookie Oshiomogho Atogwe.
When Terry Fair left with a strained neck in the first quarter, he was replaced
by yet another rookie, Ron Bartell, at left cornerback.
Special teams notes
Shaun McDonald, the Rams' punt returner in 2004, returned his first punts of
the preseason Monday but had little success on two first-half returns.
Arlen Harris, the Rams' primary kickoff-return man last season, saw his first
return duty of the preseason against Detroit. Harris left late in the third
quarter with a concussion.
No interest in Clarett
A Rams official told the Post-Dispatch on Monday that the team is not
interested in pursuing running back Maurice Clarett, who has been waived by the
The Rams had a genuine interest in Clarett before the 2005 draft and would have
considered selecting him on the second day of the draft. The Broncos took
Clarett in the third round.
Sitting it out
Among the Rams sitting out Monday's game were LB Louis Ayeni (calf); LB Brandon
Chillar (shoulder); DT Ryan Pickett (back); and TE Roland Williams (knee).
Rookie Jerome Collins saw action in two-tight end sets in place of Williams.