Fisher breaks arm, could miss season
By Jim Thomas
Of the Post-Dispatch
Tuesday, Aug. 24 2004

KANSAS CITY - Injury was added to insult in Monday's preseason loss to Kansas
City when starting cornerback Travis Fisher suffered a fractured right arm.

"He's probably out for the year," Rams coach Mike Martz said. "It's a three- to
four-month deal, so to plan on having him back for any part of the season after
16 weeks ..."

It's not very likely. Fisher will need surgery, and a plate will be inserted
into his right forearm. Martz said the injury was similar to one suffered by
former Rams safety Kim Herring last preseason.

Fisher left the field with 52 seconds remaining in the first quarter and did
not return. He was replaced by second-year pro Kevin Garrett, who probably will
start in Fisher's place.

"It's real frustrating right now," Fisher said after the game. "I hurt it on a
screen play, just making an easy tackle, and ended up breaking it. I don't know
what day, but I'm having surgery. Hopefully, it heals up right."

A second-round draft pick in 2002 from Central Florida, Fisher started 11 games
as a rookie in '02 and made 15 starts a year ago. A sure tackler with good
closing speed, Fisher shared the team lead with four interceptions last season,
two of which he returned for touchdowns.

Faulk makes debut

It was an uneventful preseason debut for running back Marshall Faulk. He
carried six times for 16 yards, with a long carry of 11 yards. He also caught
one pass for nine yards.

When asked if it was good to get back on the field, Faulk teased, "No, it was
horrible. That was the worst idea I ever heard."

Monday's appearance marked the first time since the 2000 preseason that Faulk
had played as early as the second game. Normally, he sees his first preseason
action in Game 3.

"But I usually don't miss six games in the regular season, and I did," Faulk
said. "I was feeling good and I wanted to play."

Faulk missed five games completely and much of a sixth last season because of
hand and knee injuries.

Green shines

Kansas City quarterback Trent Green, the former Ram who attended Vianney High,
looked sharp in the first half. Green completed 10 of 12 passes for 99 yards,
with a passer rating of 99.3. Green led the Chiefs to touchdowns on two of his
three series in the game before calling it a night.

"I thought offensively we played very well," Green said. "It was good to see a
good mix of run with the pass. Once we got down into the red zone, we really
wanted to run the ball. So we put some emphasis on the running game."

The Chiefs rushed for 79 yards on 19 carries in the opening half, including a
2-yard touchdown run by Priest Holmes and a 1-yard TD run by Derrick Blaylock.

Vitt returns to KC

Monday's game marked the 50th birthday for Rams linebackers coach Joe Vitt. It
was also his first game back at Arrowhead Stadium after spending the past four
seasons as an assistant coach with the Chiefs.

Vitt left Kansas City for St. Louis in the offseason after the Chiefs rehired
Gunther Cunningham as defensive coordinator. Vitt and Cunningham didn't have a
good relationship.

Chillar, Massey start

Rookie linebacker Brandon Chillar, a fourth-round draft pick from UCLA, started
for the Rams at outside linebacker. He played the first two series before
giving way to Tommy Polley, who had been demoted from the first unit after the
Chicago preseason game.

Chillar later returned after the Rams' second-teamers took over on defense and
had a sack in the fourth quarter.

Rams deep snapper Chris Massey started at fullback, with normal starter Joey
Goodspeed resting a tight hamstring.