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    Gado is planning to rebound
    BY BILL COATS
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    08/24/2009

    Sunday's two-hour practice at Rams Park was beginning to wind down when defensive end Leonard Little apparently decided that he could fly. That's what it seemed like to Samkon Gado, anyway.

    During 11-on-11 "team" drills, Little came barreling in, and Gado moved into position to pass block. Suddenly, the 6-foot-3, 267-pound Little took off, literally attempting to hurdle the 5-10 running back en route to the quarterback.

    "It was pretty spectacular," said Gado, who rose up and caught Little in flight. "In a game, he would've jumped right over me."

    At 34, Little is the second-oldest among the 80 players on the roster. "I thought to myself, 'How does he have the energy to do this in his 12th season?'" Gado said. "He said he took his Geritol this morning and was feeling pretty good."

    Gado was feeling pretty good, too, after rushing for 93 yards, including a 77-yard touchdown run, Aug. 14 in the Rams' 23-20 preseason win over the New York Jets. That showing gave him a slight leg up in the three-man competition for the backup job behind Steven Jackson.

    But as Gado pointed out afterward, three preseason outings remained. And No. 2 was far less satisfying for him. He mustered just 5 yards on 12 carries Friday night in a 20-13 loss to Atlanta. He also lost a fumble at the Falcons' 15-yard line late in the first half.

    "It was tough all around," Gado said. "I made a few mistakes that I wish I could have back. But in the end, it's just the nature of the beast; you're going to have games like that.

    "You put that one behind you and you prepare and plan to do better the next game. Thankfully we have another one coming up" Thursday in Cincinnati.

    PUBLIC PRACTICES END

    Although the regular-season opener is still three weeks away, training camp officially ended Sunday. That means that no more practices will be open to the public.

    About 500 spectators showed up Sunday, and they were rewarded afterward with free Rams merchandise. Also, the entire squad walked over to the railing to sign autographs.

    "I'd like to thank all the fans," rookie head coach Steve Spagnuolo said. "It's been 32 practices, and the people have come out to watch us. ... It really helps us, and we appreciate it. Looking forward, we appreciate all the support they'll give us."

    PROGRESS FOR CARRIKER

    Injured defensive tackle Adam Carriker took another step in his recovery, participating in individual drills for the first time since he sprained his ankle Aug. 7 in a scrimmage at Lindenwood University.

    Wide receiver Donnie Avery, who broke a bone in his foot the same night, was supposed to be out four to six weeks. But he was sprinting at full speed Sunday.

    "He ran pretty good," Spagnuolo observed. "He's champing at the bit. If he had his way, he'd be going right now. But we've gone this far; no sense in setting him back."

    Wideout Tim Carter (groin) also did some running, but not at top speed.

    After missing two days of practice and Friday's game, Alex Barron was back in his usual spot at left tackle. Adam Goldberg got most of the work on the right side, although rookie Jason Smith took a few snaps at both tackle spots with the first unit.

    Running back Kenneth Darby sat out with what is believed to be a slight knee sprain. Also sidelined were quarterback Marc Bulger (finger), guard Jacob Bell (concussion) and wideout Brooks Foster (ankle).

    RAM-BLINGS

    Mark Setterstrom and John Greco again shared first-team snaps at left guard in Bell's absence. ... Wideout Sean Walker has joined the stable of potential kick returners. ... The Bengals also are 1-1 in the preseason.

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    Re: Gado Is Planning To Rebound/Camp Notes

    I find the Avery situation interesting. Two weeks into what was called a 4-6 week injury, and he's sprinting?!

    I hope Spags is pulling the old Scottie from Star Trek exaggerated repair time ploy in Bulger's case as well.

    I could infer a lot of things from that surprising bit of news ranging from scary deja vu all over again(rushing player back due to need, player driving pace of rehab & fibbing to get back fast,etc) to wicked clever impressive psy-ops from a shrewd coach, testing his guys with a bit of exaggerated adversity when the score doesn't matter but changing how the team responds to pressure does.

    I prefer the latter explanation,lol.

    The results were obviously mixed. Collectively, not so good; the poor tackling,mental errors,etc, but would we have seen as much out of Robinson if he knew that he was merely filling in, rather than, as far as he knew, seriously auditioning for a starting role in the first few weeks of the regular season?

    Did Spags just get a Ram to turn adversity into opportunity?

    Then again,maybe it just means Donnie drank his milk as a kid & has quick-healin' bones.lol.

    Fer cryin' out loud , is Incognito still on the team?!

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    • #3
      Re: Gado Is Planning To Rebound/Camp Notes

      I read somewhere that he broke a certain part of the foot that's not as serious as the part right above it. I know that doesn't help, but I think it was the fourth in line of whatever they're called, and the fifth in line is supposed to be the one that keeps you out the longest. So, this could account for the speedier recovery.

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      • #4
        Re: Gado Is Planning To Rebound/Camp Notes

        Okay, Avery feels good, but I'm not sure I would have given him the green light to sprint at full speed in practice. Foot injuries scare me and we need a healthy Avery for the entire season.

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        • #5
          Re: Gado Is Planning To Rebound/Camp Notes

          I think Gado will be fine, but man.. our current manifestation of the offensive line really struggled run blocking last game.

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          • #6
            Re: Gado Is Planning To Rebound/Camp Notes

            I'm concerned that Avery is going to rush himself back. He is so eager to get in there and not lose any ground to the other receivers, he may end up hurting himself and this team even more.

            Take your time. Don't screw yourself and the team by coming back too soon.
            The Rams... Where dreams go to die.

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            • #7
              Re: Gado Is Planning To Rebound/Camp Notes

              Originally posted by r8rh8rmike View Post
              BY BILL COATS
              ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
              08/24/2009



              PUBLIC PRACTICES END


              About 500 spectators showed up Sunday, and they were rewarded afterward with free Rams merchandise. Also, the entire squad walked over to the railing to sign autographs.
              Please re-read that little blip..Is that awesome or what?! Boy I wish I was one of the lucky 500.

              GO "YOU CLASSY" RAMS!
              sigpic :ram::helmet:

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              • r8rh8rmike
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                by r8rh8rmike
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                I feel good, Robinson said. Im just working hard every day in practice, going out there trying to be the best I can be every day, listening to the coach; I mean, and just being coachable and going out there and executing. The offense is great, Im very confident and comfortable in it, and hopefully I can just continue on in the regular season.


                Its a great opportunity here for me. Hopefully I can just step right in, make some plays, and help the team win anyway I can whether thats by running, blocking, or catching the ball.


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                I went home and I just trained and just got my confidence back, Robinson said, After the trade I guess I wasnt really all that focused. Now I got my focus back and my confidence up and Im ready to play.


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              • r8rh8rmike
                With Opener Nearing, Wounded Rams Are Returning
                by r8rh8rmike
                08.28.2009 5:31 pm
                With opener nearing, wounded Rams are returning
                By Bill Coats
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                As the regular season approaches, the St. Louis Rams are getting progressively healthier. It appears that they came out of Thursday nights game at Cincinnati with no major injuries, and several players who have been out for a while are getting close to a full return.

                Wide receiver Tim Carter (groin) and running back Kenneth Darby (knee) played in the 24-21 victory over the Bengals despite not practicing all week. Wideout Donnie Avery (foot), defensive tackle Adam Carriker (ankle), guard Jacob Bell (concussion) and defensive end Leonard Little (knee) are expected to practice this week and could play Thursday night in the preseason finale vs. the Chiefs.

                Also, coach Steve Spagnuolo reported that quarterback Marc Bulger (finger) will throw some this week, although he might not take snaps. Bulger probably will sit out Thursday.

                The status of three players who were injured at Cincy wideout Keenan Burton (knee), safety Craig Dahl (hamstring) and cornerback Justin King (thumb) was not updated Friday. But none of the injuries is believed to be serious.

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                The Rams have scored 40 points off nine turnovers in the three preseason games. During the entire regular season in 2008, the club produced just 45 points off turnovers.

                RB Samkon Gado has a team-high 5.7-yard average on 23 carries. The two other primary contenders for the backup job behind Steven Jackson Antonio Pittman and Kenneth Darby are averaging 4.0 and 3.1 yards, respectively.

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                All for now . . .
                -08-28-2009, 04:52 PM
              • MauiRam
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                In a crowded Rams backfield, Samkon Gado took some big steps Friday toward establishing himself as the No. 2 runner behind Steven Jackson. About 77 steps, actually.

                Gado's 77-yard touchdown run early in the third quarter against the New York Jets was surprising on a couple of levels.

                For one, most observers didn't think he was that fast. "That's not the first time I've heard that I don't know why," Gado said. "Several of my teammates said the same thing. But I've always known I was that fast. I just never really kind of had a chance to show it."

                For another, how about that juke he put on Jets safety James Ihedigbo?

                "I gave him an old move that my high school coach taught me called 'the double,' " Gado said.

                When asked about the move, Gado said: "You can't describe it. You're just going to have to see it, I guess."

                Suffice it to say "the double" was a shake-and-bake move by Gado, who looks bigger and burlier than his listed roster weight of 227 pounds. The move helped Gado record the Rams' longest run from scrimmage in exhibition play since the move to St. Louis in 1995 a period encompassing 58 games.

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                "It was a simple draw play that just kind of opened up," Gado said. "I thought I had a pretty nice run, about 10-15 yards, and I was thinking that's about as good as it was gonna be."

                Until he left the defender seeing "double." All told, Gado finished with 93 yards on six carries Friday, moving the pile for extra yards on several plays.

                When he wasn't teasing Gado about being the postgame center of media attention Friday at Giants Stadium, Jackson praised the fourth-year pro from Nigeria.

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                Muddying the picture for the Rams' talent judges is the rib injury suffered by Samkon Gado late in the first quarter vs. the Chiefs. X-rays showed no fracture, but Gado has cartilage damage, which can be a significant problem for a running back.

                Spagnuolo said Gado was day-to-day for now, but acknowledged that "we're not really a hundred percent sure where Sam is. You'd probably have to list him as questionable right now for the game (at Seattle on Sept. 13) until we get to (the practices) Monday and Wednesday and find out exactly where he is."

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                If it looks as if Gado will be sidelined for a substantial period, the Rams almost surely will be scrutinizing the waiver wire for another ballcarrier.

                "You've got to have more than one back," Spagnuolo said. "Steven's a big guy and does a lot for us, but we're going to need to plug guys in there."

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                The injury to Gado and defensive tackle Adam Carriker, who according to league sources will undergo shoulder surgery, were the most serious Thursday. It was feared that defensive end Eric Moore broke his wrist, but X-rays were negative and it has been diagnosed as a sprain.

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