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  • Turley goes on IR, is out for season

    By Bill Coats
    Of the Post-Dispatch
    Saturday, Aug. 28 2004

    A veteran offensive tackle made news Saturday at Rams Park. But, no, it wasn't
    Orlando Pace, whose arrival is expected soon but hasn't taken place just yet.

    The report involved Kyle Turley, and it actually only made the inevitable
    official: Rams coach Mike Martz announced that Turley had been placed on the
    injured reserve list, meaning that he'll be sidelined for the season.

    Turley, a seven-year NFL veteran, underwent surgery in March for a bulging disc
    in his back. He sat out team drills at minicamp in May but participated fully
    when training camp workouts began July 28 at Western Illinois University. After
    three days of practice, Turley felt pain in the same area and soon thereafter
    left Macomb, Ill., for tests.

    His agent, Tom Condon, told the Post-Dispatch last week that Turley "herniated
    the same disc, and he's got a bulging disc above that. It's just a matter of
    what you do about it." Turley was obtained in a March 2003 trade with New
    Orleans and he was signed to a six-year, $30 million contract. The Rams gave up
    a second-round pick in this year's draft as part of that deal.

    Turley will count $2.36 million against the salary cap this year.

    A somewhat tight-lipped Martz said Saturday that he didn't know what Turley,
    28, might do about his back. "I talked to Kyle today, and he was very vague
    about his plans," Martz said. When asked whether Turley's loss would be a blow
    to the offensive line, Martz said simply, "I'm happy with the guys we have."

    Grant Williams, a nine-year veteran who has been filling in for Pace at left
    tackle, probably will slide over to Turley's spot on the right side once Pace
    shows up. Although Martz said Williams "had his best game so far" Friday night
    in a 28-3 victory over Washington, he could face a challenge from Scott
    Tercero, who has had a strong preseason at right tackle.

    Andy McCollum is set at center, as is Adam Timmerman at right guard. Chris
    Dishman, a free agent signed during camp, apparently has nailed down the left
    guard job.


    Loyd goes down

    Joining Turley on injured reserve is linebacker Jeremy Loyd, who suffered a
    torn pectoral tendon Friday night on a special-teams play. Martz said that Loyd
    would have surgery and that rehabilitation would take three to four months.



    Rams make cuts

    Six players were released Saturday: tight end Nick Burley, wide receiver
    Michael Coleman, cornerback Robert Cromartie, quarterback Russ Michna,
    defensive tackle Justin Montgomery and cornerback Corey Yates.

    Coleman and Burley spent parts of last season on the Rams' practice squad.

    Michna (Western Illinois), Montgomery (Kansas State) and Yates (Southern
    Mississippi) were undrafted rookies. With 66 players remaining on their roster,
    the Rams must cut one more by Tuesday.

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  • RamWraith
    Turley leaves camp to get ailing back checked
    by RamWraith
    By Jim Thomas
    Of the Post-Dispatch
    08/02/2004
    MACOMB, Ill. - A disappointed and frustrated Kyle Turley headed back to St. Louis on Sunday for further tests and evaluation of a back problem that doesn't seem to want to go away.

    Meanwhile, the Rams are bringing in reinforcements for an offensive line that has been short-handed since the start of training camp. Offensive tackle Greg Randall arrived in Macomb early Sunday evening for a physical, and later was signed to a one-year contract. He is on the practice field this morning.

    Randall started 16 games for the Houston Texans last year. He played his first three seasons in the NFL for the New England Patriots, and started at right tackle in Super Bowl XXXVI against the Rams.

    The Rams also were attempting to bring in guard-center Chris Dishman, the former Arizona Cardinal, to help their depth on the interior of the line. But as of Sunday evening, the Rams had been unable to contact Dishman, causing some team officials to wonder if he was still interested in playing.

    Before heading to St. Louis, Turley told reporters that he considered the latest setback career threatening.

    "It was a threat to my career last year," Turley said. "But for it to have possibly reoccurred is definitely a bigger threat."

    Turley experienced nagging pain in his hip last season. After the season, the source of the pain was diagnosed as a herniated disk in his lower back, and Turley underwent surgery in March.

    Coach Mike Martz pronounced Turley fit at the outset of camp, but Turley has practiced only about half the time over the first five days here at Western Illinois University because of back pain.

    "I came out here in hopes of everything being OK," Turley said. "And everything kind of felt fine. But I went through the first day of practice, and it didn't seem like it was completely right.

    "I expressed my feelings about it. The idea was to come back out and see how it goes. We did it, and I don't know if that was necessarily the right thing to do."

    In addition to getting checked out in St. Louis, Turley said he might see a specialist in Los Angeles.

    "We're attacking it right now, with some heavy anti-inflammatories," he said. "And we're going to see these people and see what they have to say."

    Turley had an MRI Saturday in Macomb and termed the results "not good."

    Turley added, "I'm not doing the surgery again. I'm not going through that again."

    With or without surgery, Turley is concerned that any additional deterioration of the disk won't leave much cushion between the vertebrae.

    "The biggest fear is bone on bone," Turley said. "I don't want that to happen and be a hunchback...
    -08-02-2004, 07:52 AM
  • RamWraith
    Can this marriage be saved?
    by RamWraith
    By Bill Coats
    Of the Post-Dispatch
    Wednesday, Jun. 01 2005

    Call him irrationally stubborn. Call him sadly delusional. Or call him
    cunningly shrewd as he attempts to position himself for future work in the NFL.

    Whatever the proper label, offensive tackle Kyle Turley wavers only slightly in
    his belief that his days with the Rams are not about to end. "Stranger things
    have happened, so I'm not going to rule it out," he said. "But I don't
    anticipate that happening."

    Realistically, Turley appears to be on the verge of becoming an ex-Ram -
    perhaps as early as today. June 2 is the first day that NFL teams can release
    players and spread the effect on the salary cap over two years rather than one.
    A year ago today, the Rams cut quarterback Kurt Warner, their Super Bowl MVP in
    2000.

    Although he reports that the recovery from the back injury that sidelined him
    for the 2004 season "is going really well," Turley figures to be the headliner
    on this year's hit list. "If they do release me, then they'd be making a big
    mistake at this point," said Turley, 28. "The back's feeling really good. The
    biggest problem right now is the ... severe atrophy of my right leg muscles
    that I've been struggling to recover from.

    "That's a rigorous and long process, but it's coming back slowly but surely."

    Still, the team appears to have little use for Turley, especially considering
    the heft of his contract: He signed a six-year, $26.5 million deal after the
    Rams acquired him from New Orleans in March 2003 for their second-round draft
    pick in '04. Had Turley been released before today, the team would have
    suffered a $7.29 million salary cap hit this year. Now, only $1.82 million
    would count against the '05 cap, with the remaining $5.47 million applied next
    year.

    Coach Mike Martz declined on Wednesday to discuss Turley's status, and attempts
    to reach Jay Zygmunt, the Rams' president of football operations, were
    unsuccessful.

    Turley's agent, Tom Condon, did not return a phone message.

    Orlando Pace, finally locked up in a long-term deal, is one of the league's
    premier left tackles. The Rams took Florida State's Alex Barron in the first
    round of the draft, and Martz installed him as the No. 1 right tackle - the job
    that Turley held during the 2003 season.

    Grant Williams, Blaine Saipaia and Scott Tercero also have started at tackle.
    So, depth shouldn't be a major issue.

    Turley came to St. Louis after five seasons with the Saints. A first-round
    draft pick (seventh overall) out of San Diego State in 1998, Turley was a
    starter from Day...
    -06-02-2005, 05:23 AM
  • Nick
    Turley is released after failing physical - PD
    by Nick
    Turley is released after failing physical
    By Bill Coats
    Of the Post-Dispatch
    Monday, Jun. 06 2005

    Kyle Turley won't be playing offensive tackle, tight end, defensive tackle or
    anything else for the Rams in 2005. Turley has failed a physical exam
    administered in Arizona, where he had been rehabbing the back injury that cost
    him the entire 2004 season, and has been released.

    Officially, Turley was designated as "waived - failed physical," which means
    the Rams owe him $250,000 but that the effect on the salary cap is the same as
    if he simply had been released. The "hit" is $1.82 million this year and $5.47
    million in 2006.

    Turley signed a six-year, $26.5 million deal with the Rams after he was
    acquired in a trade with New Orleans in March of 2003.

    Turley, 28, underwent surgery on a herniated disc in March of 2004 after
    starting all 16 games at right tackle the previous season, his first with the
    Rams. Turley reinjured his back early in training camp last July and was placed
    on the injured reserve list Aug. 28.

    Additional surgery was not performed, and Turley said in a recent interview
    with the Post-Dispatch that he had been training daily since early January at
    the Athletes Performance Institute in Tempe, Ariz. After dropping some 65
    pounds from his playing weight, down to 235, the 6-foot-5 Turley reported that
    he'd added about 30 pounds and hoped to play in the NFL this year.

    Still, Turley acknowledged that he probably couldn't add enough bulk to man an
    offensive line position this year, so he hinted that he'd be interested in a
    different position - perhaps tight end or defensive end.

    "As far as the team goes, I don't know what their thoughts are," he said.
    "Obviously, they signed a contract with me to play offensive line, and they
    don't know what I would do at another position. So, that's probably a big
    question in their mind. ...

    "(But) it might take another year possibly to continue putting the weight on,
    making it good weight, and not just going out and eating a bunch of Krispy
    Kreme doughnuts and burritos at 2 in the morning, to get back up to 300
    pounds."

    It probably never would've gotten that far with the Rams, particularly after
    Turley's well-publicized offseason clash with coach Mike Martz. Their rift
    began when Martz became irritated that Turley wasn't returning his phone calls
    after leaving training camp in Macomb, Ill., to seek evaluations of his back
    injury.

    A conversation between the two in mid-December in Martz's Rams Park office
    escalated into a shouting match and ultimately led Martz to file a complaint...
    -06-07-2005, 01:57 AM
  • RamWraith
    Turley still rehabbing from back injury
    by RamWraith
    By Len Pasquarelli
    ESPN.com


    Still at least three months away from being able to pass an NFL physical, and about 40 pounds under his normal playing weight, offensive tackle Kyle Turley has been released by the St. Louis Rams after failing a team-administered physical exam.

    The split with Turley, who officially appeared on the NFL's transaction wire Monday as "waived-failed physical" following an exam in Arizona, where he has been rehabilitating from a debilitating back injury, ends a turbulent stint with the team. The bile between the seven-year veteran right tackle and coach Mike Martz spilled over into a much-publicized shouting match last December.

    Following the imbroglio, precipitated in part when the coach suggested that Turley was not returning his phone calls and updating him on his physical progress, Martz filed a complaint with NFL security. In the complaint, Martz alleged Turley threatened him.

    Even without the bitterness, it is doubtful that Turley, who is suffering from a herniated disc, would have returned to the club. The poisoned relationship between Turley and Martz, though, cemented the fact the tackle would not return to the Rams, even though he suggested as recently as last week that he was amenable to playing in St. Louis again.

    The only question about Turley's status with the Rams was the timing of when the club chose to release him.

    The addition of Turley to the free agent market further crowds the pool of veterans at the tackle position. The key difference, though, is that veterans such as Chris Terry, Kenyatta Jones, Scott Gragg and Aaron Gibson are physically cleared to play in 2005. Turley is probably several months from having even a remote chance of getting back onto a field in 2005, and might have to wait until 2006.

    Within the last week, Dr. Robert Watkins, a Los Angeles back specialist who performed the surgery on Turley's disc in 2004, examined the offensive linemen and apprised him he needed several more months of rehabilitation. At that time, Turley remained optimistic he would play football again at some point.

    "The back is feeling really good," Turley said. "The biggest problem right now is the severe atrophy of my right leg muscles, and I've been struggling to overcome that. That's a rigorous and long process, but it's coming back, slowly but surely."

    Turley, 28, has made it clear he does not plan to retire. He will continue his rehabilitation and hopes to resume his career at some point, even if it means changing positions. A few months ago, Turley suggested he might come back as a defensive end, a position where he would not need as much weight, and which would submit his balky back to less strain.

    The former San Diego State star, acquired by the Rams from New Orleans in 2003, had surgery on a herniated disc...
    -06-07-2005, 02:40 PM
  • RamWraith
    Turley to IR Tuesday
    by RamWraith
    John Clayton is a senior writer for ESPN.com

    Now that he's learned he's out for the season, St. Louis Rams right tackle Kyle Turley will take some time to determine what to do next. Every medical checkup revealed another bulging disc above the area that required surgery in the offseason.

    The prognosis was to have a second operation. The only way he could have played was to take epidural shots to relieve the pain, but that would do nothing to fix the problem. The Rams' offensive line is in trouble now that injured center Dave Wohlabaugh has been released and Turley won't be available.

    The Rams are expected to put Turley on injured reserve before Tuesday's roster cutdowns to 65 players.

    The back problems put the long-term future of Turley in question. He turns 29 on Sept. 24 and has 95 starts during his six-year career. Last season he signed a six-year, $31 million contract that included $10.9 million in guarantees.

    His presence along with the addition of Wohlabaugh solidified the blocking for quarterback Marc Bulger, who is not the most mobile quarterback. The improved blocking allowed the Rams to get back into the playoffs last season.

    Turley's back started bothering him during the first couple days of training camp. Before camp was a week old, Turley left Macomb, Ill., and starting visiting doctors.

    The final prognosis came Wednesday afternoon when a couple of specialists confirmed that his back was not healthy enough to withstand the season.

    The Rams acquired Turley from the Saints for a second round choice in the 2004 draft. He was the seventh pick of the 1998 draft by New Orleans.
    -08-26-2004, 07:35 AM
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