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    By Bill Coats
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    Saturday, Sep. 22 2007

    The frustration has passed for Richie Incognito. Now, he’s feeling antsy.

    “There’s finally something to look forward to,” he said Friday. “It’s getting
    close.”

    Incognito, the Rams’ first-team right guard, has been sidelined since spraining
    his left ankle Aug. 18 in an exhibition game vs. San Diego. He hasn’t
    practiced, other than assorted individual work, since then.

    The injury occurred high on the ankle, which extends the recovery period. Then
    Incognito reaggravated the injury as he pushed to get ready for the
    season-opener, further delaying his return.

    “There’s really not a time frame for it,” Incognito explained. “You’re going to
    progress, you’re going to get better, and then one day you’re going to feel
    fine. I’m waiting for that day.”

    It could come next week. “Hopefully,” he said. “We’re taking it day by day and
    then we’ll re-evaluate where I am.”

    The 6-foot-3, 330-pound Incognito, 24, sat out his first NFL season with a knee
    injury. That experience has helped him deal with his current hiatus.

    “You learn the value of patience and picking up as much as you can, getting
    mental reps, staying with it,” he said. “Because if you get out of it, the
    mental part of the game goes down, too. You’ve just got to ride the highs and
    lows, and get better.”

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    Re: Incognito nears return to lineup

    Hopefully as part of learning patience, Richie has also learned how to avoid giving up 15 yard penalties for losing his rag.

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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
    • .ramfan.
      Incognito Recovering Well
      by .ramfan.
      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...
      -03-20-2006, 03:51 PM
    • RamWraith
      This Incognito getting noticed with Rams
      by RamWraith
      By Steve Korte
      McClatchy Newspapers

      (MCT)

      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 football teams.

      ...
      -08-14-2006, 11:05 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
    • 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
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