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    Tinoisamoa will start despite shoulder injury
    By Bill Coats
    Of the Post-Dispatch
    Wednesday, Sep. 15 2004

    Rams linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa's right shoulder was yanked out of its socket
    as he delivered a hard hit Sunday.

    Even though Tinoisamoa returned to the game, coach Mike Martz feared subsequent
    inspection would reveal serious damage.

    "The first thought was three to four weeks out, potential surgery," Martz said.
    So he was surprised to find out Monday that Tinoisamoa was working out in the
    weight room.

    "I think he's got interchangeable parts; that's the only way I can explain it,"
    Martz said. "He'll play, he's fine, he's going to start. He's just going to
    wear a brace to keep it from going back so far where it'll pop out again."

    Martz, who refused to discuss injuries in his news conference Monday, said
    Wednesday that linebacker Trev Faulk (hamstring) probably wouldn't play Sunday.
    But safety Adam Archuleta (back spasms), center Andy McCollum (ankle), wide
    receiver Shaun McDonald (knee), linebacker Tommy Polley (ribs) and wideout
    Kevin Curtis (shin splints) should be ready to go.

    Faulk's absence would leave the Rams with just four linebackers, but Tony
    Newson could be promoted from the practice squad. "We'll have to make a roster
    move of some sort," Martz said. "We haven't made a decision yet."

    Rookie looks forward to a homecoming

    One play into his first regular-season NFL game, rookie Anthony Hargrove found
    that his head was spinning. He suffered a concussion after being drilled by
    three players as the Rams returned the opening kickoff Sunday against Arizona.

    "After the two initial hits, I was running and I knew something was wrong
    because my vision was going up and down, and I was lost," said Hargrove, the
    team's third-round draft pick. "I didn't know where I was. And then I get hit
    again by somebody and that just kind of put me over the edge.

    "I came back to the sideline and I told (special teams) Coach (Mike Stock), 'I
    can't see.' And he (responded), 'What do you mean?' And I said, 'I can't see.
    They hit me on top of my head twice.'"

    Hargrove returned to the game and made eight tackles in a 17-10 victory at the
    Edward Jones Dome. "Through the first half, I was still pretty much in kind of
    a daze," he said. "But I didn't want to sit out. So I said, 'I'm fine,' and
    went back in."

    Hargrove said he's suffering no after-effects and is expecting "a really nice
    homecoming event" this weekend when the Rams (1-0) travel to Atlanta to take on
    the Falcons (1-0). Hargrove played college football at Georgia Tech.

    Linebacker is signed as a free agent

    The Ram added Drew Wahlroos, a 6-foot-3, 235-pound linebacker who was released
    July 27 by Tennessee.

    Wahlroos was in Philadelphia's camp last year as an undrafted rookie but was
    cut before the regular season began.

    Wahlroos, a two-time All-Big 12 Conference pick at Colorado, said he'd been
    "working out and waiting for the phone to ring" in San Diego. He was summoned
    by the Rams early Tuesday morning and assigned to the practice squad.

    Rookie fullback has knee surgery

    Rookie fullback Erik Jensen had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Friday.
    Jensen, who suffered cartilage damage when his kneecap was dislocated Sept. 2
    in a preseason game at Oakland, will spend the season on injured reserve. ...
    Team owner Georgia Frontiere made a rare appearance at practice Wednesday at
    Rams Park.

    Keeping the Rams Nation Talking

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