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    From CBS:

    Donnie Avery, WR STL
    News: St. Louis Rams wide receiver Donnie Avery had been expected to miss up to the first two weeks of the season with a left foot stress fracture, but was back on the practice field Tuesday. "Like I tell my teammates, you know, I run fast but I heal faster," Avery joked after the workout at Rams Park, where he appeared on his way to a quick recovery. Avery was hurt during an Aug. 7 night scrimmage when a defensive back landed on his foot. After doing some individual drills Monday, Avery jumped into the team drills Tuesday.
    Analysis: Avery became the Rams' No. 1 receiver after Torry Holt left through free agency. He burst on the scene last year after being bothered early by a hip injury. His speed forced defenses to account for him, and he had 53 catches for 674 yards and three touchdowns. On Tuesday, it looked like Avery didn't miss a step. In working with the reserves during a red zone drill, Avery made a great catch in the corner of the end zone by leaping and stretching his arms to haul in the ball and then getting his feet down in bounds. "Yeah, my hands still work," Avery said. "My feet still work."

  • #2
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    E X C E L L E N T! As long as he and his coaches are absolutely sure that he is, in effect, healing before expected.

    Thanks DD for the good news!


    • #3
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      "It's a miracle!"

      It's Jim not Chris


      • #4
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        Great news for the offense. This shows what kind of character he is.


        • #5
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          You know Spags won't let him go if he's not ready. When I see him on the field, the coaches know he's ready and Donnie knows he's ready.


          • #6
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            That's great news! We need him back, I just hope he's 100% when he returns.


            • #7
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              Great way of putting it Moose. It's the preseason, both the trainers and the coaches wouldn't let him out there unless they were sure he was ready.

              DA's also right, he might be fast but his healing is even faster! I wonder if he laughed when he was told he might miss the start of the regular season? He got over a 4-6 week injury in 3 weeks, that's just awesome! Now just don't re-injure it!
              I believe!:ram:


              • #8
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                Avery's 'run fast, but heal faster' is a classic line.


                • #9
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                  Watching Robinson play may have helped him heal faster too.
                  Aim high Willis, Aim High!


                  • #10
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                    Originally posted by rammiser
                    Watching Robinson play may have helped him heal faster too.
                    You have a good point, I think your right.


                    • #11
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                      Originally posted by rammiser
                      Watching Robinson play may have helped him heal faster too.
                      That's fuuny.

                      From what I've read, Avery has not been cleared to play just yet and is not expected to play against Cincy. Avery himself has said he'll play in the season opener, guaranteed.


                      • #12
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                        Even if he's fit, I wouldn't play him until the season opener for sure... If they do then they're stoooopid!


                        • #13
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                          Yeah, I wouldn't expect him to play at all tonight, though I'll be watching his facebook page just in case he spills the beans. If Bulger was playing and he could get some reps in with him, I would say they might let himtest the foot out, but with what seems to be another sub par offensive line and Boller in as opposed to Bulger, it wouldn't make sense to risk further injury. They'll keep him shelved until the opener for certain.
                          I believe!:ram:


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                            Like most teams in the NFL, attrition begins to take its toll on rosters around the league the deeper into the season you get. That’s certainly held true in the case of the Rams and nowhere is that more evident than at the receiver position.

                            At a position that was short on experience entering the season, there’s been only one constant. That constant is a blur in blue, wearing No. 17 named Donnie Avery.

                            No matter which quarterback has been under center, the one player that signal caller has been able to count on this year is Avery, the second-year speedster out of Houston.

                            “You get comfortable with certain guys,” quarterback Kyle Boller said. “I just started taking reps with these guys again. Donnie is probably one of the ones I’m more comfortable with because he’s been around for training camp and mini camps and all that kind of stuff. I feel like each and every week we get more comfortable with each other. That’s the name of the game. Timing is what it’s all about.”

                            After an up and down start to this, his second season in the league, Avery has timed his emergence at a good time.

                            It’s difficult for any young player to have an immediate impact but receivers rarely make that much of a difference unless their name is Randy Moss.

                            In the offseason, the Rams’ receiver corps went through an extreme makeover, leaving Avery and fellow second year wideout Keenan Burton as the most tenured players at the position on the roster.

                            But at least entering the year, Avery was surrounded by players like Laurent Robinson and Burton, guys who had been in the new offense installed by coordinator Pat Shurmur for the entirety of the offseason program.

                            Fast forward to now and Avery is the only active wideout on the roster who was also on it when the preseason came to an end.

                            Whether he was ready for an expanded leadership role or not, Avery was thrust into it as the most experienced guy on the team.

                            “I don’t try to go out and yell during the week or go crazy,” Avery said. “I just try to lead by example and go out there, practice hard and hopefully go into the game, play hard and have success.”

                            Since the beginning of the season, the Rams have lost Robinson and Burton to season-ending injuries. Derek Stanley was released to make room for Danny Amendola and the likes of Nate Jones and Tim Carter have made appearances on the roster.
                            The Rams have replaced those players with youngsters like Amendola and Brandon Gibson as well as more experienced guys like Ruvell Martin and Jordan Kent.

                            But none of those players have been around or have the rapport with the quarterbacks like Avery and all of those receivers are quick to turn to Avery with questions.

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                          • RamWraith
                            Avery Ready to Make an Impact
                            by RamWraith
                            Thursday, September 25, 2008

                            By Nick Wagoner

                            Senior Writer

                            Watching as fellow rookie wideouts around the league make a first impression – good or bad – in the first three games, Donnie Avery couldn’t help but wonder when his time would come.

                            For every big play or boneheaded play made by Philadelphia ’s DeSean Jackson, Avery made note and hoped for his time to arrive.

                            After three games of patiently working through a knee injury and working in limited duty, the time is now.

                            Coach Scott Linehan named Avery the starter at the ‘Z’ receiver position on Wednesday and Avery will get his first career NFL start on Sunday against Buffalo.

                            “I’m very excited,” Avery said. “I finally get to go out there and just have fun from the start. I don’t have to wait on the sidelines to get my opportunity.”

                            When the Rams used the second pick of the second round to make Avery the first receiver taken in this year’s NFL Draft, they had hoped he could work behind starter Torry Holt and occasionally chip in as the third receiver.

                            But injuries to Drew Bennett and fellow rookie Keenan Burton are out this week and the Rams offense is searching for a spark. When the Rams drafted Avery, they touted his game breaking speed.

                            With that in mind, they are turning to Avery to inject that youth and speed into the offense.

                            “That’s what everybody expects when they get drafted,” Avery said. “They want to get out on the field and start. That’s my goal. It’s sad to say people had to get hurt for me to get up there but that’s how it goes.”

                            Avery was inactive in the opener against Philadelphia because of a knee injury that came on the heels of his return from a pelvic bone injury suffered early in training camp.

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                            “He wants to get on the field and show what he can do,” coach Scott Linehan said. “I just want him to relax and play and use that speed.”

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                            In addition to the pressures of being the first wide out taken, Avery is dealing with plenty of new things.

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                            -09-27-2008, 06:31 AM
                          • r8rh8rmike
                            Avery Embraces All Roles
                            by r8rh8rmike
                            Avery Embraces All Roles
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                            By Nick Wagoner
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                            The ball seemed to hang in the air forever and a day and for every tick that went by before it landed, an entire stadium and two sidelines full of football players held their breath as though the simple act of breathing would somehow alter the ball’s final destination.

                            Rams receiver Donnie Avery ran a simple ‘9’ route, using his blazing speed to get deep in the Redskins secondary. Earlier in the game, he’d run the same route but failed to adjust to a pass that was slightly underthrown.

                            This time, Avery knew exactly what to do. As the pass floated down the right sideline, Avery stopped his sprint cold, turned back toward the ball and dived to his left to haul in a 43-yard pass to Washington’s 16.

                            It was a play that would ultimately spark the Rams to their first win in 2008 and the one that let the rest of the football world know that Avery was soon to be a force to be reckoned with in the NFL.

                            It’s been almost a year since Avery made that play and a lot has changed since then. So much, in fact, that Avery has essentially put one of the first big plays of his young NFL career out of his mind.

                            “That was last year,” Avery said. “Now, we have got to make some 2009 memories.”

                            When Avery made that catch last season, he was viewed as a speedster with plenty of potential but he wasn’t considered one of the team’s top targets. When the Rams return to the scene of the crime at FedEx Field in Washington D.C. on Sunday, Avery will come widely regarded as one of, if not the, team’s top receiving option.

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                            “I’m going to tell you what, he’s one of the harder working guys we’ve got, one of the hardest working guys,” Spagnuolo said. “He is always doing that, whether it’s special teams, whether it’s running a route, whether it’s doing extra conditioning when he was hurt…I have got a lot of respect for him. I think he’s exactly what you need on your team.”

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                          • Bralidore(RAMMODE)
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                          • eldfan
                            Rams' Avery gets back up to speed
                            by eldfan
                            Rams' Avery gets back up to speed
                            BY JIM THOMAS

                            One of the criticisms of the Rams' draft was that they didn't select a speedster at wide receiver, someone who could stretch secondaries and keep defenses from ganging up on Steven Jackson.

                            But a familiar and occasionally maligned name from the recent past, Donnie Avery, still could fill that bill.

                            Avery says he's "a good 92-93 percent" recovered from surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. The injury, which occurred in the Rams' Aug. 26 preseason game in New England, cost him the entire 2010 season.

                            For most of this lockout-marred offseason, Avery has been rehabbing and training in his hometown of Houston, working with a strength coach and a track coach.

                            "Just trying to get back up to speed," he said. "Because you know with injuries like this, a lot of guys, they lose their quick-twitch muscles."

                            And Avery has had more quick-twitch than all but a select few human beings. His speed has been his greatest asset.

                            "Last week, I clocked a 4.34," Avery said after Wednesday's player-organized Rams practice at Lindenwood University.

                            That's nearly one-tenth of a second off Avery's personal best in the 40-yard dash — 4.27 seconds — but still a sizzling time. Since he's not 100 percent healthy, the NFL lockout actually has been a positive for Avery.

                            "It's been a great thing for me," Avery laughed. "I didn't want to miss OTAs, but the lockout is postponing them so it's given me more time to be healthy."

                            In normal times, the Rams would be in the third week of the spring practices, also known as organized team activities, and Avery might have been tempted to rush back into action. But with the lockout he has been able to ease back in, minimizing the possibility of setbacks.

                            He was part of the Houston workouts prior to the draft that involved Sam Bradford and many of the team's receivers, and is taking part in the Lindenwood sessions. But these workouts are shorter and more relaxed than minicamps, and Avery can go at his own pace.

                            Besides working to get his knee right, Avery has changed his diet.

                            "I slimmed down a little bit," Avery said. "I got up to 203 (pounds) but I didn't feel comfortable with it. So right now I'm like 190, 191. It's like 3.8 percent body fat. For dinner (Tuesday) night, I had 4.2 ounces of fish, 2.2 cups of brown rice, and a cup of green beans. So it's training right, eating a lot of proteins, and just working on my speed."

                            With a new offensive coordinator in Josh McDaniels and a new scheme, the Rams drafted two wide receivers last month in Austin Pettis and Greg Salas. But Avery said he didn't have much of a reaction either way when the picks were made.
                            -05-26-2011, 11:53 AM