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    Rams QB Bulger back at practice after injury


    EARTH CITY, Mo. (AP)—Rams quarterback Marc Bulger took the first step Sunday toward returning to the playing field.

    Bulger, out since Aug. 17 after fracturing the pinky on his throwing hand, threw 21 passes in a side session at the morning practice. Coach Steve Spagnuolo didn’t watch the session, but said offensive coordinator Dick Curl was pleased with the performance.

    “The plan is to see what it feels like tomorrow morning, after having had the 21 throws,” Spagnuolo said. “Then go from there.”

    Spagnuolo also was noncommittal regarding Bulger’s status for the final preseason game Thursday against the Kansas City Chiefs. He has already missed the past two games.

    “It all depends on where he is,” Spagnuolo said. “You’d like to build for Thursday, but if he’s not ready to we’re not going to.”

    Bulger, who only speaks to the media on Wednesdays, didn’t take any snaps during Sunday’s session and is on target to start the opening game on Sept. 13 at Seattle. He fractured his pinky after taking a snap from center Jason Brown. X-rays were negative for a break and the injury didn’t require Bulger to wear a cast.

    “He said it felt OK, but that’s all we had planned on doing just to see where he was,” Spagnuolo said.

  • #2
    Re: Rams QB Bulger Back At Practice After Injury

    Originally posted by AP Writer Who Does Not Fact-Check
    Coach Steve Spagnuolo didn’t watch the session, but said offensive coordinator Dick Curl was pleased with the performance.
    Dick Curl is actually the Assistant HC/QB Coach.

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    • #3
      Re: Rams QB Bulger Back At Practice After Injury

      Originally posted by AvengerRam View Post
      Dick Curl is actually the Assistant HC/QB Coach.
      Didn't you hear Av? .. Shurmur had a sore throat and was out, Curl is the backup OC. After Curl's performance today with Marc, we could have an OC controversy ...

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      • #4
        Re: Rams QB Bulger Back At Practice After Injury

        I just hope he comes back 100%. Kinda need him playing out there.

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        • #5
          Re: Rams QB Bulger Back At Practice After Injury

          I'll say the same thing here that I said with Avery's foot - don't rush back and risk further injury. The last thing we want is for this to be nagging him and affecting his accuracy all season.

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            Re: Rams QB Bulger Back At Practice After Injury

            I'll bet that first snap from Brown is going to be exciting. Hopefully Bulger doesn't have anything added to his list of things to worry about, he's got enough.

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            • #7
              Re: Rams QB Bulger Back At Practice After Injury

              Would very much like to see Bulger play against the Chiefs. If the Hand is ok it's should be nessessary that Bulger gets some reps in live action, if only just to see of he's ready to go openning day in Seattle.
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              • #8
                Re: Rams QB Bulger Back At Practice After Injury

                Originally posted by MauiRam View Post
                Didn't you hear Av? .. Shurmur had a sore throat and was out, Curl is the backup OC. After Curl's performance today with Marc, we could have an OC controversy ...
                I heard from a guy who rides the bus with the Papermate rep who ,um, puts the lead in Spagnuolo's pencil that RBs coach Sylvester Croom thought he was OC-in-waiting and legwhipped Curl in the parking lot after practice.

                Kinda like that dingle Haig claiming he was in command after Reagan was shot.

                We have a real problem here,people.

                PinkieGate.

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                • #9
                  Re: Rams QB Bulger Back At Practice After Injury

                  I dunno dgr, I actually would rather him NOT play in the final game, if only to further protect the pinky. He'll be getting reps in practice to use the pinky, and he already got his preseason hit quota out of the way in the first game. Just like I'd continue to hold out Avery, as well as most of the 1st team O and D, let Bulger stay out of the Governor's Cup game. Lets the desperate ones play it out. It's not like Cassel will be in for the Chiefs.
                  I believe!:ram:

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                  • #10
                    Re: Rams QB Bulger Back At Practice After Injury

                    Coordinators uncoordinated over Bulger's Hinky Pinky...news at 11.

                    "The disappointment of losing is huge!"

                    Jack Youngblood

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                    • eldfan
                      Bulger throws Monday, will try again Wednesday
                      by eldfan
                      Bulger throws Monday, will try again Wednesday
                      By Kathleen Nelson
                      St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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                      Rams quarterback Marc Bulger engaged in what probably was the football equivalent of soft toss Monday briefly at Rams Park.


                      “He was OK,” Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo, “didn’t throw it very far, but he’s trying to oil it up.”

                      Spagnuolo guessed that Bulger would be listed as questionable on an injury report but was encouraged by the session.

                      “That’s a long way away from a week ago, when he really couldn’t throw at all,” he said. “But that’s a tough call. We’ve got a whole day tomorrow. I think we’ll rest it and then see what he can do on Wedsenday.”

                      Spagnuolo couldn’t estimate the intensity of the workout because he didn’t attend but added that Bulger had tested his right shoulder briefly before the 35-0 loss to San Francisco. Bulger was listed as the Rams’ third quarterback Sunday.

                      “He did it to see if we got in the situation where we had to go to the third and he couldn’t hand off, could he dump it to the fullback. We needed to know that going in, in case we had that situation. Thank God we didn’t.”

                      The rest of the Rams injury report:

                      WR Danny Amendola suffered cramps in the game but should be OK.
                      DB Ron Bartel (thigh) is still listed as day to day.
                      OG Jacob Bell suffered back spasms but should be ready to practice.
                      S James Butler (knee) will be monitored day to day but would be listed as doubtful.
                      S Craig Dahl suffered a concussion and will be evaluated Tuesday.
                      DT LaJuan Ramsey tweaked an ankle but should be ready to practice Wednesday.
                      OT Jason Smith (knee) is day to day. “We should know more Wednesday,” Spagnuolo said.
                      -10-05-2009, 06:50 PM
                    • Alec22
                      Bulgers Back - Kind Of
                      by Alec22
                      Bulger takes direct snaps in practice for first time since breaking pinkie
                      Associated Press


                      ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Rams quarterback Marc Bulger is taking direct snaps for the first time since breaking his right pinkie.


                      Bulger missed the last three preseason games after being injured in practice. In recent workouts, he had been working only out of the shotgun.

                      Bulger said last week he'd be ready for the opener Sunday at Seattle, and added he wouldn't use his injury as an excuse. The pinkie was taped for Wednesday's workout.

                      Bulger took several snaps from center Jason Brown off to the side before the team session began. New coach Steve Spagnuolo is closing practices after the first half-hour this week.
                      -09-09-2009, 12:54 PM
                    • Nick
                      Rams’ Spagnuolo has confidence in QB Bulger
                      by Nick
                      Rams’ Spagnuolo has confidence in QB Bulger
                      Frank Tadych
                      NFL.com Blog

                      St. Louis’ Steve Spagnuolo didn’t offer much news on the Rams’ roster or free agency plans Friday as one of the six first-year coaches addressing the media.

                      He did offer a vote of confidence for quarterback Marc Bulger.

                      “I’ve always had a great deal of respect for Marc,” Spagnuolo said. “I think he’s a terrific guy, great character, and I think it begins there, especially at that position. I just know this, every time we’ve ever played the Rams, and he’s been quarterback, we’ve always worried about him as the quarterback. To me, that’s telltale. I think he’s still a very talented guy, and expect him to even get better with the coaches around him now. I think he’s eager to go. We’re looking forward to positive things.”

                      Spagnuolo said on two occasions that he’ll withhold judgment on his new roster until he gets the opportunity to see them on the field. He said that individual positions — including quarterback — didn’t factor highly in his decision to take the Rams job. When asked specifically about Bulger, he touched on the difficulty in inheriting a roster.

                      “It’s all the positions,” Spagnuolo said. “We have a team there of players that we’re evaluating, and each position will be evaluated along the way. We don’t look at it that way. Everyone is starting with a new beginning. As we get a chance to get a feel for these guys, and get them on the field, then we’ll make that decision.”
                      -02-20-2009, 07:10 PM
                    • r8rh8rmike
                      St. Louis Rams Offense Back Together
                      by r8rh8rmike
                      St. Louis Rams offense back together

                      BY JIM THOMAS [email protected]

                      09/10/2009

                      Quarterback Marc Bulger took snaps under center for the first time in 3½ weeks. Rookie Jason Smith has been officially named the starting right tackle.

                      So for the first time since the start of training camp, the entire Rams offense — starters and key contributors — was in place and on the field Wednesday.

                      "We had a comment in the huddle today," tight end Randy McMichael said after practice. "It was like, 'Wow, we're all together again, finally, after a long layoff.' "

                      Just in time for opening day in Seattle.

                      "It was almost like: We're back," wide receiver Derek Stanley said. "It feels good. I think we've got big things coming up this year. Everybody's working hard, paying attention to the little things. Everybody's got that desire to win."

                      Smith's "promotion" was no great surprise. It had become increasingly obvious over the past week or so that the No. 2 overall draft pick from Baylor would open the regular season in the lineup.

                      "Obviously, it's a privilege to be able to say I'm going to (start) for the St. Louis Rams," Smith said. "The main thing is just proving myself and just being part of a great offensive line."

                      There was more uncertainty about Bulger and the broken little finger on his throwing hand. Bulger has thrown the ball well lately, but the final test was taking snaps under center. By all accounts, he passed that test Wednesday in practice.

                      "It went well, and I think we're where we want to be," Bulger said.

                      Although listed as limited participation on the team's official injury report, Bulger said he took part in every drill in practice. However, he didn't take 100 percent of the snaps in every drill.

                      "But it wasn't because of discomfort," Bulger said. "It was to keep Kyle (Boller) going. I was happy with the amount of reps I took."

                      So no discomfort?

                      "I wouldn't say no discomfort," Bulger said. "But it was bearable, and it's not going to affect whether I can get the ball (from center), which is a good thing."

                      Bulger confessed to some anxiety about taking his first snaps since the one from center Jason Brown on Aug. 17 resulted in the broken finger.

                      "Sure. I definitely lost some sleep over it," Bulger said. "You kind of worry that that first snap isn't going to go how you want it. You don't want to let your teammates down."

                      But 20 minutes into taking snaps during practice, Bulger said he felt confident again. "It was good to be back out practicing," he said.

                      From his, uh, end of things, Brown said everything went well...
                      -09-10-2009, 03:11 PM
                    • Nick
                      Bulger injures finger on passing hand at practice
                      by Nick
                      Bulger injures finger on passing hand at practice
                      By Bill Coats
                      St. Louis Post-Dispatch
                      08.17.2009 11:00 am

                      St. Louis Rams quarterback Marc Bulger injured the pinkie finger on his right (passing) hand during this morning’s practice at training camp. Bulger left practice briefly, then returned but didn’t participate in the drills. Kyle Boller ran the first-team offense.

                      Coach Steve Spagnuolo said he didn’t believe the injury was serious, but the finger will be X-rayed. Bulger did throw some on the side after returning to practice.

                      Notes & quotes:

                      *The morning practice was held indoors as storms pounded Earth City this morning. As of now, the afternoon practice, which starts at 1:25, is scheduled to take place outside.

                      *The players were in full pads, but there was no live tackling.

                      *As Spagnuolo promised, Jason Smith and Adam Goldberg took a few reps at left tackle. Both had been working almost exclusively on the right side.

                      *John Greco did some work at left guard. He has been lining up mostly at right guard.

                      *FB Mike Karney participated fully for the first time since spraining his ankle two weeks ago.

                      *Barring a late surge in ticket sales, Friday night’s home preseason game vs. Atlanta will not sell out and thus won’t be televised locally.

                      All for now . . . more following the afternoon practice.
                      -08-17-2009, 10:28 AM
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