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    Incognito Recovering Well
    Monday, March 20, 2006



    By Nick Wagoner
    Senior Writer

    It has been almost three years since Richie Incognito last played in a football game. On Monday, he took an important step toward getting back on the field when he showed up for the beginning of the Rams’ offseason conditioning program.

    Although the program is “voluntary” it is well known that participation is strongly encouraged. But Incognito didn’t need much in the way of prodding. His long absence from the field, an absence caused by disciplinary problems and injuries, is coming close to an end.

    “The knee is feeling strong, the leg is feeling strong,” Incognito said. “Everything is feeling good. I am getting real close to 100 percent. I am moving around. My main focus when I was down in Arizona training was just to get strong again and gain strength so when I start moving around and getting closer back to 100 percent.”

    It’s no wonder that Incognito is getting antsy to put the pads on, get on the field and participate in actual contact drills. Since his final appearance in college way back in 2003, Incognito has had nothing but obstacles keeping him from getting to the field.

    After attempting to transfer from Nebraska to Oregon and being unable to fulfill that desire, Incognito ended up declaring for the NFL Draft after sitting out his junior year.

    Incognito appeared back on the right track with an impressive workout at the NFL combine, but suffered a serious injury to his right knee just before the draft. That injury on top of the questions about his off the field incidents led to Incognito’s slipping to the third round.

    The Rams scooped him up with the 81st pick in the draft and stashed him on the roster while holding out hope that he might be able to make it back to the game at some point during the season.

    Incognito spent most of his time working out near his home in Arizona in an effort to rehabilitate and get on the field. Of course, none of it mattered until he signed a contract with the Rams.

    A lengthy contract stalemate finally ended on Sept. 29, when Incognito agreed to a contract with the team. He was put on the injured reserve/non-football injury list soon after signing. That move allowed him additional time to recover and still hold out hopes of contributing without having to eat up a roster spot.

    Finally, on Oct. 20, Incognito put on the pads and participated in practice. But Incognito pushed a little too far on that day, including a small scuffle with Tyoka Jackson. It was the first and last time he practiced during the season. He was placed on injured reserve in November, ending his season.

    The inability to be on the field has been difficult for Incognito while he rehabs.

    “It’s hard coming in, especially in your rookie year, first getting here, getting acclimated to the NFL lifestyle and then being hurt and rehabbing and not being out on the field, it’s killer,” Incognito said.

    As Incognito nears that full health checkpoint, he has made some important strides. He arrived at Rams Park on Monday noticeably slimmer than he was when he first reported. He has dropped his weight from around 320 pounds down to around 295.

    While that weight loss might seem significant, Incognito said he has played anywhere from 270 pounds up to around 325 in the past. He would like to remain in that range when he takes the field and says it should help his knee improve.

    “The thought about that was to take some weight off and take pressure off the knee to try to get things moving again a little bit,” Incognito said.

    In addition to coming back in good shape, Incognito got his first opportunity to meet with the new coaching staff. Incognito said there were no problems with his decision to work out in Arizona and he enjoyed his meeting with the new staff.

    The previous coaching staff had originally slotted Incognito as the heir apparent at center and that still seems like a possibility, but Incognito said the discussion he has had with the new staff indicate he could be looked at as a guard or a center.

    Considering the surgeries of right guard Adam Timmerman and center Andy McCollum in the past two offseasons, Incognito’s time could come sooner than later if he shows the same ability and strength on the field that he did three years ago when he last played.

    “(My) goals set are to earn a starting spot and if not a starting spot then a lot of playing time,” Incognito said. “Really, at first just learning everything, getting in there and getting in the mix and hopefully contending for a starting spot.”

    Incognito said he will be ready to go in time for the April 21-23 mini-camp and expects to pick up from there and never look back.

    “It’s all I have been thinking about,” Incognito said. “It’s all I have been thinking about rehabbing, it’s all I have been thinking about all offseason. I am ready to put the pads on and get going and crack some heads.”
    As always.....

    GO RAMS!!!

  • #2
    Re: Incognito Recovering Well

    This seems like particularly good news!!! We have now heard the latest on Mr. Incognito - sure sounds good to me. Let's hope he stays healthy and asserts himself as major cog in the O-line.

    Ask and Ye shall receive.

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    • #3
      Re: Incognito Recovering Well

      Its been 3 YEARS since he last played a football game? Lets hope he remembers how to play football.

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      • #4
        Re: Incognito Recovering Well

        Is it just me or does he sound like a bit of a head case?
        "The disappointment of losing is huge!"

        Jack Youngblood

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        • #5
          Re: Incognito Recovering Well

          Is it just me or does he sound like a bit of a head case?
          What makes you think that?

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          • #6
            Re: Incognito Recovering Well

            Originally posted by MoonJoe
            Is it just me or does he sound like a bit of a head case?
            Isn't that just an accepted fact?

            Last years "WTF?!?" moment produced phrases such as, "...problem child..." and "... lost cause..." in addition to "head case".

            Oh well. We shall see......

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            • #7
              Re: Incognito Recovering Well

              Hey Rambos,

              I realize I am quick to judge sometimes, but this is what I read through the article.

              He transfers schools, and then can't play for a year.

              He gets impatient and declares himself for the draft.

              He does well in the combine, but hurts himself before the draft. (The article doesn't say how he hurt himself but alludes to outside activities.)

              Then he gets picked up by the Rams and holds out.

              He comes back a little too early and gets hurt again.

              He also scuffles with Jackson, a veteran, in practice and is put on injured reserve.

              I don't know, he just appears to be giving T.O. or Janakowski a run for their money at an early time in his career.

              But that's just me spinning my wooden wheels...:smoke:

              Joe
              "The disappointment of losing is huge!"

              Jack Youngblood

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              • #8
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                Originally posted by MoonJoe
                Hey Rambos,

                I realize I am quick to judge sometimes, but this is what I read through the article.

                He transfers schools, and then can't play for a year.

                He gets impatient and declares himself for the draft.

                He does well in the combine, but hurts himself before the draft. (The article doesn't say how he hurt himself but alludes to outside activities.)

                Then he gets picked up by the Rams and holds out.

                He comes back a little too early and gets hurt again.

                He also scuffles with Jackson, a veteran, in practice and is put on injured reserve.

                I don't know, he just appears to be giving T.O. or Janakowski a run for their money at an early time in his career.

                But that's just me spinning my wooden wheels...:smoke:

                Joe
                He hurt himself at the combine, doing mirror drills. You heard it here first. This guy will be a dominate lineman in the NFL. What you mistake for "head case" is attitude which is EXACTLY what you want your OL to have going against some of those big nasties on the DL. I'm glad we got him and I can't wait to see him produce!!!

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                • #9
                  Re: Incognito Recovering Well

                  I say something reading through that article we have got ourselves a NASTY OL men there!!!


                  steve:clanram:
                  "The breakfast Club":helmet:

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                  • #10
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                    I think Andy McCollum and Adam Timmerman should take the Cog out for a few dozen donuts and talk to him about what it takes to be a successful NFL lineman. From all accounts, Cog has the talent and the mean-streak, but needs a bit of maturity. The two old-dogs of the line should be able to help him with that.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Incognito Recovering Well

                      Originally posted by Sanantonioram
                      He hurt himself at the combine, doing mirror drills. You heard it here first. This guy will be a dominate lineman in the NFL. What you mistake for "head case" is attitude which is EXACTLY what you want your OL to have going against some of those big nasties on the DL. I'm glad we got him and I can't wait to see him produce!!!

                      Yes only time will tell. In the mean time I think Kyle Turley will save our defense and Lawerence Phillips will be a great replacement for Marshall Faulk....

                      LOL
                      "The disappointment of losing is huge!"

                      Jack Youngblood

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                      • #12
                        Re: Incognito Recovering Well

                        I thought he came across as being cocky and confident in his abilities. He’s going to need to be an aggressive and ready to work hard. I think he was just tried of not playing football for the last few years, that’s why he a getting impatience. I have read that his rehabbing was not going as well as the Rams wanted at times. I was shocked to read he in this kind of shape, sounds like he has been working hard and getting ready.

                        I think for us this is like getting two 3rd round picks this year and maybe a big time steel in the draft.


                        MoonJoe I’m hoping this guy has had time to grow up and get ready to play some football, he can have a hugh impact if he can get it together, lets hope he does.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Incognito Recovering Well

                          Originally posted by AvengerRam
                          I think Andy McCollum and Adam Timmerman should take the Cog out for a few dozen donuts and talk to him about what it takes to be a successful NFL lineman. From all accounts, Cog has the talent and the mean-streak, but needs a bit of maturity. The two old-dogs of the line should be able to help him with that.
                          Cog...Dude, you keep refering to him like that and for sure he'll be nasty

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                          • #14
                            Re: Incognito Recovering Well

                            I hope he has matured too Rambos, it just seems a little quirky. And believe me, I am wrong way more times than right so there is hope!

                            Joe
                            "The disappointment of losing is huge!"

                            Jack Youngblood

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                            • #15
                              Re: Incognito Recovering Well

                              I'm actually encouraged by this news. I earlier thought the guy was lazy and just cashing a pay check, but if he is sincere about battling for a starting position (and the weight loss would indicate that he is), I am optimistic.

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                              • r8rh8rmike
                                Incognito Poised To Return
                                by r8rh8rmike
                                Incognito Poised to Return
                                Wednesday, December 2, 2009


                                By Nick Wagoner
                                Senior Writer

                                Upon paying a visit to medical specialists in Los Angeles under the umbrella of Athletes Performance Inc., Rams guard Richie Incognito had an open mind about progressive, new-age treatments that might speed up his recovery from a Lisfranc injury in his foot.

                                But even a man as big and tough as Incognito has his limits.

                                “You go out there and they have this guy for this and this guy for this,” Incognito said.
                                “You want to do as much as possible and there’s some stuff, you think to yourself ‘Ehhhh, I don’t know if you are going to poke me with that needle right now. I am not feeling that.’ I was fine with the acupuncture but I saw him do this one to someone else. The needle goes in a little further, this, that and the other thing. This day and age, there are so many different ideas on getting healthy and so many different ways you can do it.”

                                In the end, all that really matters is that when you reach the end of the rehabilitation road you are healthy. And from early indications on Wednesday, Incognito has finally reached that point after suffering the foot injury way back on Oct. 25 against Indianapolis.

                                The road to recovery has been a long one, one that has been difficult for Incognito to watch, especially considering the team’s record.

                                When Incognito went on the shelf, the offensive line had just begun to click. Running back Steven Jackson had rushed for 134 yards against the Colts that day and the previous week against Jacksonville, Incognito and the line had allowed just a single sack.

                                All told, things were just beginning to get rolling for the Rams’ revamped offensive line and perhaps nobody was providing a more physical, set the tone attitude than Incognito.

                                Making matters more frustrating was the fact that the first game Incognito missed was the team’s first win of the season, a victory Incognito had to watch from home.

                                “It’s extremely tough to sit around and watch the team play,” Incognito said. “When I got injured, we were playing at such a high level. Then you get injured and you kind of push it aside and you are just sitting at home watching the Detroit game thinking I want to be there with these guys fighting for a win. It’s extremely tough as a competitor and it was a learning process. I have been injured before where it’s ended my season but I’ve never been injured before where I had to rehab, come back and finish the season. I am looking forward to finishing strong.”

                                Incognito practiced for the first time Wednesday since he suffered the injury against the Colts.

                                In the previous week’s game against Jacksonville, Incognito injured his ankle but he played through it the following week in practice and against Indianapolis.
                                During that...
                                -12-02-2009, 08:57 PM
                              • MauiRam
                                Incognito Making Impression
                                by MauiRam
                                Incognito Making Impression
                                Friday, June 9, 2006

                                By Nick Wagoner
                                Senior Writer

                                It’s been almost three years since Richie Incognito has been able to strap on the pads and helmet and step onto a football field. But, like any other activity requiring muscle memory, it still comes natural to the Rams’ young offensive lineman.

                                “For me, it’s just like getting back on a bike,” Incognito said. “It’s just so much fun being out here with the guys. When you are on IR it’s a tough deal. You are kind of like an outsider, you feel like you are on the outside looking in just sitting on the sidelines trying to get a feel for everything.”

                                As the Rams opened their third and final minicamp Friday afternoon, Incognito couldn’t help but feel like he was no longer on the outside looking in. In fact, for the better part of the past few weeks Incognito has been on the inside in more ways than one.

                                With returning starter Claude Terrell struggling with a wrist injury and some conditioning issues, Incognito has surged to the forefront on the interior and has spent all of the organized team activities and the first day of the final minicamp working with the first-team at left guard.

                                While there is plenty of time for the competition at guard and any other position to flesh itself out before the start of the season, Incognito has made all the right moves to take an early lead in the race.

                                Incognito reported to the beginning of offseason workouts in excellent shape at just under 300 pounds and has continued to work to get back into shape after suffering a knee injury near last April’s NFL Draft. There was one slight setback since his return, though as Incognito cracked a bone in his hand during organized team activities.

                                “He had a great minicamp when we had the rookies and first year players and he played center,” coach Scott Linehan said. “I wasn’t sure how that would go for him, he hadn’t done it for a while then he had a great camp. He was able to take snaps today and he played some guard. He was a little rusty, but he had a better outing this afternoon. He’s another of those guys that has had a great offseason.”

                                Now, things are full speed ahead for the first time since Incognito’s Nebraska Cornhuskers defeated Michigan State in the 2003 Alamo Bowl.

                                “It’s something I missed a lot,” Incognito said. “The second go around is kind of the second chance. It’s amazing. It’s an unbelievable feeling to be between those lines and playing well.”

                                Incognito’s return to the field has been three years in the making after a series of setbacks, including the right knee injury which cost him his rookie season with the Rams. That injury scared off some teams on draft day, but the Rams grabbed him based on his immense potential and fiery football persona.

                                After rehabilitating in Arizona, Incognito signed...
                                -06-10-2006, 01:14 PM
                              • RamWraith
                                Incognito plays with an old-school mentality
                                by RamWraith
                                By Bill Coats
                                ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
                                11/26/2006

                                The very thing that got Rams center Richie Incognito in trouble two weeks ago in Seattle is part of the reason he could develop into a top-flight NFL guard, coach Scott Linehan surmised.

                                "I don't know if it's the mentality, temperament or whatever," Linehan said. "He's a throwback of what guards were. He's a big, physical player, and likes to use that as an edge. As a center ... you've got to temper that."

                                The 6-foot-3, 305-pound Incognito likes to mix it up in the trenches. He should endear himself to fans of the erstwhile St. Louis football Cardinals who maintain fond memories of another hell-bent-for-leather guard, Conrad Dobler.

                                Like Incognito, Dobler was more a brawler than a technician. Legend has it that gouging, biting, yanking and poking all were part of his repertoire.
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                                Not that Incognito resorts to such tactics. Still, he's not averse to bending the rules just a hair. On Nov. 12, he got caught.

                                Running back Steven Jackson had just bulled into the end zone on a 14-yard run, putting the Rams up 22-21 with 2½ minutes remaining. In the scrum that developed near the goal line, Seattle cornerback Kelly Jennings ripped off Jackson's helmet, and Incognito retaliated.

                                Incognito was hit with a 15-yard personal foul that forced Jeff Wilkins to kick off from the 15-yard line. Seattle took possession on the Rams 49 and eight plays later prevailed 24-22 on Josh Brown's 38-yard field goal with 9 seconds left.

                                Incognito was fined $5,000 by the league and upbraided by Linehan.

                                Anger management

                                Controlling his temper long has been a challenge for Incognito, 23. "It's not a real anger thing; it's a passion thing," he said after the Rams selected him in the third round of the 2005 draft. "I care a lot about the game. ... I play with fire, and I play to win."

                                His collegiate career, which began when he was the first freshman offensive lineman to start an opener for Nebraska, was short-circuited when he was booted from the program after his sophomore season.

                                Charged initially with three counts of assault stemming from a fight at a party, Incognito was found guilty of one misdemeanor charge and fined $500. He already had been suspended by former 'Huskers coach Frank Solich for a variety of indiscretions, including ejection from a game for fighting.

                                Incognito spent 2004 at home in Glendale, Ariz., preparing for the NFL combine the following February. He was confident his disciplinary problems hadn't damaged his stock. "I always knew I was good enough to at least get a shot," he said. "That's all I was looking for, a shot."

                                But Incognito was derailed again when he suffered a broken kneecap in his workout. The...
                                -11-26-2006, 06:13 AM
                              • RamWraith
                                Rams like what Incognito offers
                                by RamWraith
                                Second-year player could settle in as starting right guard
                                BY STEVE KORTE
                                News-Democrat

                                ST. LOUIS - Left guard Richie Incognito takes pride in the physical presence that he brings to the St. Louis Rams' offensive line.

                                "How much do I like collisions?" Incognito said. "It depends what kind of collision, whether you are lighting somebody up or you are taking it. It's a part of the game that I really like."

                                The 6-foot-3, 305-pound Incognito has his own definition of lighting somebody up.

                                "That's when you catch one of those linebackers not looking or catch somebody running the wrong way," Incognito said. "That's just a kill shot."

                                Rams first-year coach Scott Linehan was pleased with how Incognito and the rest of the Rams' starting offensive line performed in a 19-17 win over the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday.

                                The Rams rushed for 202 yards in the game and set the tone for the ground game with a 16-yard burst by Steven Jackson on their first play from scrimmage.

                                "I think we established a real physical style of play up front as a unit," Linehan said. "On the he first play, Richie had maybe one of the best blocks of the game. He just came off the ball and created a huge hole, and (fullback) Paul Smith got the linebacker. We busted off a 16-yard run on the first play, which was nice."

                                Incognito is currently the front-runner for the starting job at left guard, even though he hadn't played in an actual game for almost 2 1/2 years before Thursday night.

                                "That was great," Incognito said. "Just high tempo, bodies flying around everywhere. The speed of the game is definitely a lot different than college."

                                Incognito said he was glad to see a running play to his side on the Rams' script of plays for their first series.

                                "That's how I set my tempo," Incognito said. "I go out and try to lay the wood on the first play, and set the tempo and say, 'That's how it's going to be all day long."'

                                Incognito fought through practice Sunday despite an upper respiratory infection that has made breathing difficult. He left practice briefly, but returned to finish out the last hour of work, including post-practice wind sprints.

                                "I've got something going on where I can't breath, I'm all clogged up," Incognito said. "It's no cakewalk out there. I can't get any air. Today, I couldn't breath, so I started overheating, and then my legs went on me right away."

                                The Rams took a gamble on Incognito with the second of their two third-round picks in the 2005 NFL draft.

                                Incognito was coming off knee surgery and he had a string of off-the-field problems that led to his dismissal from both the University of Nebraska and the University of Oregon...
                                -08-14-2006, 05:16 AM
                              • RamWraith
                                Incognito wonders when he'll get to play
                                by RamWraith
                                By Jim Thomas
                                ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
                                Tuesday, Sep. 20 2005

                                The Rams' game Sunday against Arizona was supposed to be a homecoming for
                                rookie offensive lineman Richie Incognito. His family has lived in Glendale, a
                                northwest suburb of Phoenix, since Richie was in sixth grade.

                                But the only weekend game involving the Incognito family was younger brother
                                Derek's Pop Warner football debut Saturday for the Deer Valley Barracudas.
                                Incognito, a third-round draft pick in April, remains unsigned. He attended
                                Sunday's 17-12 Rams victory at Sun Devil Stadium, but as a spectator.

                                "It's a rare situation," Incognito said. "But I've been in a lot of odd
                                situations in my life. So it's one of many for me."

                                Several on-the-field and off-the-field incidents - including fights and
                                suspensions - derailed Incognito's college football career. He last played at
                                the University of Nebraska in 2003. Incognito, now 22, says he's changing.

                                "Stuff happens," Incognito said. "Everyone goes through young, wild days.
                                Definitely, I've had my days. But days like that are numbered. You can't go on
                                like that forever. I want to live a long life. And you've got to just put those
                                days behind you."

                                Maybe those experiences prepared Incognito for his current situation. Maybe
                                not. In any event, he remains the only player unsigned in the entire 2005
                                draft.

                                The Rams and Incognito remain apart on contract terms, and the basic dynamics
                                of the dispute have remained the same for weeks:

                                The Rams are offering Incognito a signing bonus that's $117,000 less than the
                                market value on a three-year deal for a player taken in his slot (81st
                                overall).

                                Incognito and his agent (Jack Scharf) want a market deal. The Rams say that's
                                impossible because they don't have enough money left in their rookie cap to do
                                so.

                                Incognito and Scharf say the Rams could make up the difference with a one-time
                                incentive tied to playing time later in the contract.

                                As a matter of team policy, the Rams say they don't include such features in
                                contracts for non-first-rounders.

                                So Incognito remains in Phoenix, working out, rehabbing from kneecap surgery
                                and waiting. He met with the Post-Dispatch Saturday at the Rams' team hotel in
                                Phoenix.

                                "It's given me a good insight into this business," Incognito said. "This isn't
                                college, where it's, 'OK, we want you to come play. Here's your room and
                                board.' This is just business. They want something from me. Obviously, I want
                                something in return. That's kind of where we're at."

                                Incognito attended the Rams' minicamps...
                                -09-21-2005, 05:44 AM
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