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    Rams sign ex-49er to bolster secondary
    BY STEVE KORTE
    [email protected]

    ST. LOUIS - Safety Zach Bronson has switched sides in the St. Louis Rams-San Francisco ***** rivalry.

    Bronson, who spent the previous seven seasons with the San Francisco *****, was signed by the St. Louis Rams on Sunday to provide depth to their secondary.

    "I wouldn't say it's like being with the enemy," Bronson said of joining the Rams. "This is a business, and I have a business approach. I am here to help this team win, and that's my approach."

    Rams defensive captain Tyoka Jackson said Bronson might need some deprogramming after being with the ***** so long.

    "I'm sure his head is spinning right now with all this blue and gold around," Jackson said. "He'll adjust. He's a good player, and I'm glad to have him here. All that *****-Rams stuff, we'll work on that. He'll be fine in a couple of weeks. I'm sure by the time that first 49er game rolls around, he'll hate them as much as we do."

    Bronson said he was well-aware of how players from both sides get extra fired up for Rams-***** games.

    "The outcome was probably going to decide who was going to win the division, so I think that definitely made the rivalry and the meetings between the two teams more intense," Bronson said.

    Rams coach Mike Martz said he was interested in Bronson after having seen him on film so much in preparation for playing the *****.

    "He's a veteran who has played at a high level for a long time," Martz said. "I'm excited about having him."

    Bronson has a couple of footballs in his trophy case from his exploits at the Edward Jones Dome.

    He recovered a fumble on a punt by Eddie Kennison that set up the winning touchdown in the *****' 15-12 victory over the Rams in 1997.

    "We punted the ball off and I had a holding penalty, so we brought the ball back and we had to re-punt," Bronson said. "Then we went down and Kennison fumbles and I recovered it."

    Bronson also intercepted a Kurt Warner pass in the *****' 27-14 loss to the Rams during the 2001 season.

    Bronson was released by ***** on June 2 in a salary cap move.

    "A lot of the guys I had been there with were released also, so it was kind expected," Bronson said. " I enjoyed every bit of the experience I had there. I'm thankful for the opportunity I had there."

    Dishman back practicing

    Right guard Chris Dishman's ankle injury has turned out to be gout.

    Dishman said he turned his ankle in the Rams' preseason game against the Washington Redskins. A couple of days later, the ankle swelled up and the pain intensified.

    "I rolled it, but the ankle wasn't really the problem," Dishman said. "The pain was going into my toe and the joint of the ankle itself."

    Dishman's ankle stopped bothering him once he started taking medicine for gout. He was out on the practice field with the first-string offensive line Monday.

    "As soon as I took the right medication, it was fine," Dishman said.

    Dishman weighed in at 370 yards when he came out of retirement to sign with the Rams during training camp. He said the diet he went on after joining the team might have contributed to his gout attack.

    "The high protein thing, that's what it is," Dishman said. "I guess I have to change up my diet."

    Quick hits

    Linebacker Tony Newsom, who started the Rams' preseason opener against the Chicago Bears, has been released to make room on the 53-man roster for left tackle Orlando Pace.

    Safety Tom Knight (finger-hamstring) and tight end Erik Jensen (knee) have been placed on injured reserve, meaning they'll miss the entire 2004 season.

    • The Rams signed four players that they cut on Sunday to their practice squad on Monday. They were: quarterback Russ Michna, running back Dusty McGrorty, cornerback Dwight Anderson and wide receiver Michael Coleman.

    The Rams wanted to sign offensive lineman Ben Noll to their practice squad, but the rookie out of Pennsylvania was claimed off waivers by the Dallas Cowboys.

    Practice squad players can practice with the team, but they aren't eligible to play in games. They earn $4,350 each week they're with the team for all 17 weeks of the regular season.

    • The early line has the Rams as 10 1/2 -point favorites in their season opener against the Arizona Cardinals at noon Sunday at the Edward Jones Dome.

    It marks the 73rd time in their last 81 games that the Rams have been favored.

    __________________________________________________________
    Keeping the Rams Nation Talking

  • #2
    Re: Rams sign ex-49er to bolster secondary

    I just want to go on record saying, I don't like this one bit!

    A whiner in RAM town

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    • #3
      Re: Rams sign ex-49er to bolster secondary

      Another BODY with plenty of NFL EXPERIENCE is a welcome sight in this PAPER THIN SECONDARY. I dont care what jersey the guy wore last year.
      "You people point your 'f'in' finger and say theres the bad guy....what that make you....good?" Tony Montana

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      • #4
        Re: Rams sign ex-49er to bolster secondary

        Posted by TruBluSTL on the PD forum:

        KFNS: New Safety Zack Bronson Injured,Carted Off Field Today Just reported 590 AM-- ankle injury, and had to be literally carted off the field.
        This is getting ugly. Bring back Nijrell Eason! ;)

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        • #5
          Re: Rams sign ex-49er to bolster secondary

          Any more good news jake? what a debacle.

          general counsel

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          • #6
            Re: Rams sign ex-49er to bolster secondary

            Only thing I heard is that it could be serious.

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            • RamWraith
              Rams Continue Roster Movement
              by RamWraith
              Wednesday, September 8, 2004

              By Nick Wagoner
              Staff Writer

              An offseason that has seen plenty of activity seemed ready to settle in with the final cuts made on Sunday. That isn’t so for the Rams, though. St. Louis saw a flurry of activity Wednesday, including a failed free-agent signing, a trade and three new additions to the active roster.

              With questions in the defensive backfield, St. Louis attempted to bring back Jason Sehorn, who appeared to retire after last season. All Sehorn had to do was pass a physical. Sehorn flunked the test and will not be signed to the one-year deal he was offered.

              Sehorn took the exam Wednesday morning, but was unable to show enough improvement in his health to pass. He suffered from a broken foot in 2003 that plagued him through most of the year. Sehorn had surgery in February, but it wasn’t enough to fix what ailed him.

              Rams’ coach Mike Martz said the team wanted to see if Sehorn was even healthy enough to make a comeback.

              “We brought Jason in to see where he was with his foot,” Martz said. “After the second surgery, he just hadn’t healed as well as we had hoped. It just wasn’t a situation where he felt comfortable.”

              The cornerback/safety played in 10 games, starting two last season. He finished with 26 tackles and had no interceptions.

              The locker room at Rams Park saw plenty of new faces Wednesday as well. Linebacker Dedrick Roper and offensive linemen Darnell Alford and Blaine Saipaia joined the team Wednesday morning.

              Martz said it is somewhat strange to be making so many changes this close to the beginning of the regular season and it can take away from gameplanning efforts.

              “It can be a distraction,” Martz said. “It’s good to have so much of these things finally completed. Some of these guys, of course, we would have liked to had a few weeks ago, but thank goodness their ours now.”

              Roper comes to the Rams from Pittsburgh, where he was an undrafted free agent. Roper said he was on his way to the field as a member of the practice squad when he got word the Rams claimed him. Roper played two years at Michigan State before transferring to Northwood (Mich.) College. He made a name for himself in the Whataburger Cactus Bow, a Division II all-star game with seven tackles.

              Roper said he was thrilled when he realized he was going from a spot on the practice squad to an active roster.

              “I couldn’t keep the smile off my face,” Roper said. “I liked it there in Pittsburgh, but I really wanted to play this year. Now, I have the opportunity.”

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            • RamWraith
              Ankle injury sidelines Rams newcomer
              by RamWraith
              Read the bold GC :-) Just a matter of time *LOL*


              By Bill Coats
              Of the Post-Dispatch
              Wednesday, Sep. 08 2004

              Just minutes into his second practice with the Rams, safety Zack Bronson
              tumbled to the turf at Rams Park. And stayed there.

              Bronson, who played the last seven seasons with San Francisco, was signed
              Sunday as a free agent. He practiced Monday, and coach Mike Martz indicated
              that Bronson could see significant action in Sunday's season opener against
              Arizona.

              Those plans blew up when Bronson's left ankle rolled over Wednesday. The extent
              of the damage was undetermined, but Martz said it appeared to be "a pretty
              significant" injury. Bronson definitely won't be available Sunday, a Rams
              official said.

              With Bronson and Travis Fisher (broken arm) out, and Jason Sehorn having failed
              a physical exam Wednesday, the Rams are left with only seven defensive backs.
              Cornerback Dwight Anderson, who worked with the second-team defense Wednesday,
              could be brought up from the practice squad.


              The Rams' league-mandated injury report, issued Wednesday afternoon, also
              included wide receiver Torry Holt.

              Holt, who led the NFL in catches and receiving yards last year, was a late
              scratch for the final exhibition game last Thursday in Oakland because of back
              spasms. He's practiced this week but is listed as "questionable," which under
              league guidelines means there's only a 50-50 chance he'll play Sunday.

              Cornerback DeJuan Groce (knee) also is questionable. Fisher and guard Tom
              Nutten (toe) are out, and linebacker Trev Faulk (hamstring) and fullback Joey
              Goodspeed (hamstring) are probable. Receiver Kevin Curtis, bothered for a
              couple of weeks by shin splints, returned to practice Wednesday.

              Changing places

              The locker room at Rams Park has had the look of a busy airport terminal this
              week, people bustling in and out at a hectic pace. Four new players showed up
              Wednesday: Guards Darnell Alford and Blaine Saipaia, defensive end D.J.
              Renteria, and linebacker Dedrick Roper.

              Removed from the roster since Sunday, after final cut-downs, were guard/tackle
              Andy King (released), running back Lamar Gordon (traded) and linebacker Tony
              Newson (moved to the practice squad).

              Martz said he'd never seen so much late movement.

              "But there are significant reasons," he said. "Both of these offensive linemen
              are young players that have the potential to have a future here. And we needed
              somebody that ... can play linebacker, but should be one of your top two or
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              -09-09-2004, 05:22 AM
            • RamWraith
              Dishman gets a double dose of knee trouble
              by RamWraith
              By Bill Coats
              Of the Post-Dispatch
              11/17/2004

              In nearly two decades of football, dating to his pre-high school days in Cozad, Neb., Chris Dishman never had suffered a significant knee injury. Now, it's two in two months.

              Dishman, an eight-year NFL veteran who signed with the Rams as a free agent Aug. 5, will be sidelined four to six weeks with a complete tear of the medial collateral ligament in his left knee. Dishman, who had started five games at left guard, was injured in the third quarter Sunday in the Rams' 23-12 victory over Seattle at the Edward Jones Dome.

              "I was locked up with a guy that I was going against, and he came into the side of my leg," Dishman explained. A series later, he re-entered the game.

              "I braced it up, and I thought I could do it," he said. "I went out and tried to make an adjustment on a linebacker, and at that point I knew something was wrong in there, because my knee kind of flopped out the side."

              An MRI exam Monday revealed the damage. No surgery is planned.

              Veteran Tom Nutten played left guard the rest of the game and is expected to start Sunday, when the Rams (5-4) square off with the Buffalo Bills (3-6) at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, N.Y. The Rams' last regular-season game is Jan. 2, so Dishman could return this season.

              "If we're fortunate enough to be in postseason play, he should be back by then," coach Mike Martz said. "That's still a ways down the road, but ... he'd play right now if we asked him to."

              Dishman, 30, missed two games after hyperextending his right knee Sept. 26 against New Orleans. "It still isn't 100 percent," he said. "And then I go out there and do this. So I've kind of been a gimp."

              The offensive line was thinned further when it was determined that guard/tackle Scott Tercero would have shoulder surgery this week and miss the remainder of the season. Tercero, who also had been playing with a broken left hand, started four games at left guard.

              "Scotty Tercero was playing so good, I can't stress that enough," Martz said. "He's an exceptional offensive lineman. That's a big-time hit on our part. I can't be more pleased with him."

              Illness hits Faulk

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              "He's got that flu bug. He was going to come and practice, and (I told him), 'Go home, go to bed,'" Martz said. "He's been down for a couple of days. He came in and got some medicine, got the game plan and went back home."

              Martz reported that Faulk was improving. "He feels a lot better. He was really bad" Tuesday. As much as anything, Martz wanted to keep Faulk away from his teammates.

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              -11-18-2004, 07:06 AM
            • RamDez
              Dishman is back after a visit home
              by RamDez


              Dishman is back after a visit home
              By Bill Coats

              Of the Post-Dispatch
              08/19/2004


              MACOMB, Ill. - When the football players at Lincoln (Neb.) North Star High saw Chris Dishman's Hummer parked outside the weight room early one morning this week, they figured he'd be coaching their team again.

              "They thought I was released," Dishman said after Wednesday afternoon's practice at Rams training camp. "They (said), 'Geez, you already got cut?'"

              No, Dishman is still with the Rams, vying for a job on an offensive line badly lacking in personnel. But he had some unfinished business that needed to be addressed, so he left for his Garland, Neb., home after Thursday night's preseason game in St. Louis and returned to Western Illinois University about noon Wednesday.

              "Just a lot of personal stuff," said Dishman, who had decided to retire after seven NFL seasons before Rams coach Mike Martz persuaded him earlier this month to accept a one-year deal and report to camp. Dishman said it seemed like a good idea at the time, but . . .

              "My kids, I didn't get to say goodbye to them," said Dishman, 30, a father of two. "It was getting tough for them, crying every night and calling me up and telling me they wanted me to come home. It started to make me (wonder) if . . . my retirement wasn't a bad plan. The money's all good and everything, but when you've got kids at home, the money doesn't really mean anything to you."

              Although Dishman acknowledged that "definitely there were second thoughts," he emphasized that he never seriously considered re-retiring. "My wife and my dad both said, you signed a contract, don't back out like some of those guys," he said. "I was raised that way. There was no way that I wasn't coming back."

              But he wanted to see his children again, as well as his extended family at North Star, where he'd been serving as an assistant coach. "I went up and saw them practice," he said. "I let them know why I wasn't there personally. Calling them on the phone, I think, is inconsiderate when you've spent four months with these kids.

              "Some of them don't have fathers. It's not a troubled group, but it's a new school there, so they're getting kids there from all over town. If you're a role model to them, you need to go back and show them your face and tell them you haven't forgotten about them."

              Two players are hurt

              Two more Rams went down with injuries Wednesday, but Martz reported that neither player was seriously hurt. Offensive tackle Grant Williams, who probably will be in the lineup when the Rams open the regular season Sept. 12, turned his right ankle in the morning practice and skipped the afternoon workout.

              Cornerback DeJuan Groce appeared to be much more
              ...
              -08-19-2004, 02:49 PM
            • RamWraith
              Monday Notebook: Pace Back in Fold
              by RamWraith
              Monday, September 6, 2004

              By Nick Wagoner
              Staff Writer

              Subtract 12 from 65, place two more on the injured list, add a veteran safety and a “Big O,” and what do you get? It isn’t rocket science, but the answer isn’t negative 13. That’s because the “Big O” isn’t a zero, but Orlando Pace, the Rams’ Pro Bowl left tackle. His addition is St. Louis’ biggest, literally and figuratively, of the preseason.

              The correct answer is the completion of the Rams’ final 53-man roster. The roster can change at anytime as the team scours the waiver wire for possible additions and alterations. Rams’ coach Mike Martz said the roster turnover is a natural part of the way the league is today.

              “Unfortunately, you just can’t afford to hang on to some of these guys,” Martz said. “You try to keep people that you think are the core players. That’s just the way the league is. Everybody’s in the same boat.”

              After receiving the team’s franchise tag for the third straight year and sitting out all of the preseason, Pace signed his one-year tender for about $7.02 million Sunday night.

              Pace’s return has been long awaited after injuries decimated the offensive line throughout camp. Right tackle Kyle Turley was placed on injured reserve on Aug. 28 because of a back injury. In addition, the Rams released center Dave Wohlabaugh after he failed to pass a physical because of complications from a hip injury.

              Those injuries and Pace’s absence left the Rams with a thin offensive line throughout the preseason, with many of their starting linemen playing out of position. Pace’s arrival means Grant Williams will move from left to right tackle, where he played against Oakland in Thursday night’s final preseason game.

              Pace, who was listed at 6-foot-7, 325 pounds, is likely to play in Sunday’s opener against Arizona at the Edward Jones Dome. In years past, Pace has made it to camp in time to play in at least one preseason game and get his conditioning up. He reported to camp in better shape than before, according to Martz.

              “We’re always glad to have Orlando back,” Martz said. “He came in to camp 16 pounds underneath what he did last year. He has obviously trained very well and prepared himself to come to camp. Watching him out here in practice he was a little rusty with some things, but he looks pretty good.”

              Pace did look to be almost svelte in his body composition. He also looked to be conditioned fairly well. On one play in a one-on-one drill, Pace pancaked defensive end Anthony Hargrove with the kind of power that helped Pace create the statistic for pancake blocks.

              The line, which has, at times, started Scott Tercero, Greg Randall and Andy King, looks like it might have solidified with Pace’s addition. The likely line features Pace and Williams at the tackles, Chris Dishman at LG, Adam Timmerman at RG, and Andy McCollum at...
              -09-06-2004, 06:25 PM
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