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    According to nfl.com, kyle turley has left camp following his mri to get his back checked out further. Turley has spoken of possibly visiting a specialist in LA. He claims he may have tried to do "too much too soon." The phrase "possibility of a career threatening injury" was used in the article by turley himself.

    Needless to say, this is exactly what we didnt need to hear. Too soon to jump to conclusions, but i dont know if we can win a superbowl without turley. Grant williams is a capable backup and lord knows he wouldnt be the worst right tackle in the league, but given our offense, with the memory of the st clair debacle still fresh in our minds, the presence of turley is really critical.

    Protecting bulger in preseason until we get pace back should really be an adventure if turley is out for any extended period of time.

    Lets hope and pray that turley will be ok.

    ramming speed to all

    general counsel

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    Man I hope this isn't an omen of things to come. This team HAS to stay healthy to compete with upper tier competition, no doubt about it.

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    • RamWraith
      Walter Payton Man of the Year Nominee Kyle Turley
      by RamWraith
      Tuesday, October 5, 2004

      By Nick Wagoner
      Staff Writer

      Kyle Turley knows all about stereotypes. He has seen it from every angle and every position possible.

      Turley has been labeled because of his long hair and tattoos and his sometimes-reckless approach to football. He is what many people consider as the prototype of a gCalifornia Surfer Dude.h Look beyond that flimsy stereotype and you will see that what makes Turley tick is far more than any loud music or new ink could do.

      On the field, Turley is as mean as they come. He has to be. He plays offensive tackle, a position not exactly built for the faint of heart. His imposing frame and demeanor make him seem like some sort of caged beast and he iscon the field.

      Take Turley away from the game and he becomes something else, something unexpected. Turley is one of the gamefs good guys. Scratch that, Turley is one of the gamefs best guys.

      This season, Turley is on injured reserve because of a back injury. While the news was devastating to Turley and the Rams, there is a silver lining for people in St. Louis and other parts of the country.

      gI am just going to try to make positive use of the time,h Turley said. gI want to try to keep my face in the public eye so I can continue to spread all of the important messages.h

      Along with his wife Stacy, Turley goes above and beyond the call of duty to make a difference in the community. That relentless dedication, has earned Turley a nomination for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, given each year to the player who best balances his responsibilities in the community with those on the field.

      A truly unique athlete with vast interests beyond football, Turley doesnft shy away from the tough issues and has tackled the challenge of educating people on the value of diversity and acceptance through his work with the Diversity Awareness Partnership. When he speaks on the subject of diversity, he often offers himself as an example of perception versus reality and looking past stereotypes.

      gIfm not just a football player,h Turley said. gI want to help awareness and show these kids that there are so many things out there for them. They need to know that color, race, none of those things matter.h

      In addition to his extensive work with the Diversity Awareness Partnership, Turley, a musician who majored in art at San Diego State, has also devoted himself to the Arts and Education Council which raises funds to support the arts and arts education activities in the St. Louis metropolitan area.

      gThe arts have played a significant part in shaping the person I am today,h Turley said. gAnd by partnering with the Arts and Education Council, Stacy and I hope to bring a new level of awareness to the importance of all art forms ranging from music to visual arts.h
      ...
      -10-06-2004, 07:06 AM
    • Nick
      Update on Turley
      by Nick
      According to SportsCenter, Turley's doctor said that it would be at least 3-6 months before he could pass a physical, and that he'd remain at 260 lbs. right now because he's been advised to add no more weight while rehabing. According to the doctor, Turley is experiencing problems in his upper and lower leg as well as numbness in his foot because of his back problems. They claimed it was pretty much a done deal that he'd be released from the Rams.
      -06-03-2005, 04:28 PM
    • AvengerRam_old
      Can The Rams' Offense Function w/out Turley?
      by AvengerRam_old
      What would be the impact?
      Yes. They already have viable replacements on the roster.
      35.29%
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      Yes, but only if they modify the offense to account for his absence.
      11.76%
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      Somewhat. It would hurt the offense, but they would still be effective.
      47.06%
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      No. He is an essential part and there is nobody on the team who can replace him.
      5.88%
      1
      -08-04-2004, 12:06 PM
    • Nick
      Turley wants to play defense
      by Nick
      Offensive lineman asks Rams to switch him to defense
      By Brent Schrotenboer
      UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER

      April 2, 2005

      St. Louis Rams offensive tackle Kyle Turley is planning a switch to defensive end this year a position he hasn't played since high school as long he can pass a physical exam and resume working relations with a head coach he won't forgive.

      Turley, a former standout at San Diego State, wants to switch to defensive end to relieve pressure on his back, a subject of controversy and much physical stress for Turley since December. Turley suffered from a herniated disc in preseason training camp and missed the entire 2004 season.

      "I need to play a position where I have more freedom to move around and get out of problem situations," Turley said yesterday by phone. "My back was injured on pass plays (on offense)."

      Turley said Rams General Manager Charlie Armey and operations chief Jay Zygmunt have given him the "we'll see" answer to his switch request. A call to the Rams office seeking comment was not immediately returned last night.

      In the last three months, Turley's weight dipped to 235 for the first time since his freshman year at SDSU. After working out in Tempe, Ariz., he has it back up to 260 with a target of 275. He was once up to 309.

      As a result, he said, he's going to be faster than ever and is feeling great about extending his career. A bigger question might be how he'll be received by head coach Mike Martz if he does. In December, Turley got into a shouting match with Martz after Turley said Martz questioned the seriousness of Turley's injury. Turley allegedly threatened to kill Martz a charge Turley denies.

      "There's definitely hard feelings," Turley said. "As far as I'm concerned, I don't have to forgive anybody. The things he said to me, I don't plan on forgetting."

      Turley said that from now on his relationship with Martz wil be: "He stays away from me, and I stay away from him."

      According to Turley, Martz said that Turley came to St. Louis "to take the money and run." Turley, 29, signed a six-year, $26.5 million contract after joining the Rams in 2003.

      "How do you say that to a guy who hasn't missed a down or a practice in six years and faces a serious, career-ending injury?" Turley asked.

      Turley, a former first-round draft pick in 1998, also said he's ditched many diet supplements in his quest to regain his health and weight. Instead of multivitamins, for example, he's sticking to a strict diet and nutritional shakes. His body fat rate is down from 10 percent to 8 percent.

      Turley had surgery on his back in March 2004 but didn't want to have more surgery last fall that could have further jeopardized his career.
      -04-03-2005, 10:05 PM
    • RamWraith
      Turleys back
      by RamWraith
      I wouldnt count on not seeing Turley next season. I really think you all are looking in the wrong direction on the draft. I really see Turley back at tackle giving us great depth on the line. Heath Miller will be the Rams first round coice.

      ------------NOW THE NEWS-------

      ESPN... Turley to return to rams
      BY . Len Pasquarelli

      espn.com

      Turley who missed the entire 2004 season with a torn ligement in his back will return to the rams for the 2005-2006 season. turley got hes weight back up to 300 pounds is expected to start at right takle next year. turley said in an interview that mike and himself has settled there disspute. turley said in no way did i ever threten mikes life, said there was a misunderstanding. and that he will be back next year to help take the rams back to the superbowl. when asked about the chance that the rams could draft jammal brown, turley said hey thats fine, he said he would be willing to move to RG, and let jammal brown take over the RT spot. turley said as long as we win games i would do what ever it takes.

      len pasquarelli is a senior NFL writer for ESPN.com
      -04-17-2005, 06:54 AM
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