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  • Bulger Finally Takes Snaps At Center

    09.09.2009 12:18 pm
    Bulger finally takes snaps under center
    By Bill Coats
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    For the first time since breaking the little finger on his right hand 3 1/2 weeks ago, St. Louis Rams QB Marc Bulger moved under center and took snaps Wednesday at practice. That would seem to remove any lingering doubt over Bulger’s availability for Sunday’s regular-season opener at Seattle.

    Rookie Jason Smith was lined up at right tackle with the first-team offense early in the workout (reporters were permitted to watch only the first 30 minutes).

    Two players have switched numbers: running back Samkon Gado, to 35 from 38; and cornerback Cord Parks, to 23 from 42.

    All for now . . . more later.

  • #2
    Bulgers Back - Kind Of

    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.

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    • #3
      Re: Bulgers Back - Kind Of

      Ok, sounds like he's playing Sunday. Now, let's see how he hooks up with McMichael.

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      • #4
        Re: Bulger Finally Takes Snaps At Center

        So far so good. Bulger sounds good to go on Sunday and it looks like Smith will probably start at RT.

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        • #5
          Re: Bulgers Back - Kind Of

          Was there a doubt that he would play on Sunday? I wasn't aware that there was. They were simply giving it as much time to heal as possible before testing it out. It's not like he's missed any time this week, he's just taken shotgun snaps.
          I believe!:ram:

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          • #6
            Re: Bulgers Back - Kind Of

            When I saw the title of this thread I thought "please let this be an article about Bulger returning to the field and not an article about him injuring his back."

            Edit: Well now that threads have been merged that doesn't make sense, but I commented under a thread that was titled "Bulger's back - kind of"
            Last edited by Nick_Weasel; -09-09-2009, 02:31 PM.

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            • #7
              Re: Bulger Finally Takes Snaps At Center

              Wouldn't it be nice if these useless gizmos at The P-D actually said how his passes looked? There's more to being QB than taking a snap.

              I read that his passes looked crisp & accurate during pre-game at KC & in practice from the shotgun but let's put the whole picture together. If he didn't throw much, just say so; don't leave us wondering.

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              • #8
                Re: Bulger Finally Takes Snaps At Center

                Originally posted by Azul e Oro View Post
                Wouldn't it be nice if these useless gizmos at The P-D actually said how his passes looked? There's more to being QB than taking a snap.

                I read that his passes looked crisp & accurate during pre-game at KC & in practice from the shotgun but let's put the whole picture together. If he didn't throw much, just say so; don't leave us wondering.
                i was gonna say the same AZ..tho i guess if he fumbled it like Kurt in the meadowlands, they would have said...not exactly filled me with confidence that report tho..or lack of a report..

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                • #9
                  Re: Bulger Finally Takes Snaps At Center

                  Bulger has been throwing for several days now and from what I've read, there have not been any issues. Spags has been making the point that it comes down to Bulger being able to take snaps from under center in making the decision to let him start against Seattle. Sounds like he's ready.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Bulger Finally Takes Snaps At Center

                    From Jim Thomas' chat, and perhaps what Azul referenced earlier...

                    Bond_007x: Hey Jimbo, Good work as usual.

                    We all know Bulger has started throwing again. What can you tell us about his that? Is the finger seemingly affecting his throws? Are his balls still crisp? Does he look like he's suffered from missed practice reps? Is he still accurate as usual?

                    Thanks.

                    Jim Thomas: I'll repeat. From what I've seen of Bulger throwing, he looks very good. He had plenty of zip and accuracy on the ball during pregame warmpus for the Governor's Cup game. He threw the ball well in practice Monday as well.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Bulger Finally Takes Snaps At Center

                      Here's some more info:

                      Bulger takes direct snaps in practice
                      By R.B. FALLSTROM, AP Sports Writer
                      1 hour, 22 minutes ago

                      ST. LOUIS (AP)—Four days away from the opener, Marc Bulger(notes) took direct snaps for the first time since breaking his right pinkie. The Rams quarterback said Wednesday he’s not pain-free, but it’s good enough, barring a setback in the next two days, to play at Seattle.

                      “I wouldn’t say no discomfort,” Bulger said. “But it was bearable. If it goes like today, I’d say I’m starting 100 percent.”

                      Coach Steve Spagnuolo also announced that offensive tackle Jason Smith(notes), the second overall pick of the draft, would start on the right side. Linebacker James Laurinaitis(notes), the second-round pick, also is starting.

                      “The main thing is proving myself and just being a part of a great offensive line,” Smith said. “My whole thing is ‘What can I do to help us.”’

                      Bulger missed the last three preseason games after being injured in practice on Aug. 17. In recent practices, he had been working only out of the shotgun to avoid aggravating a fracture that hadn’t completely healed, but said he participated in all drills.

                      He confessed to a sense of relief after taking the first few snaps from center Jason Brown(notes) off to the side. Brown minimized the drama, joking that he hadn’t been aware which quarterback was on the receiving end.

                      “I definitely lost some sleep over it,” Bulger said. “You stay mentally ready and physically ready, but you kind of worry that the first snap isn’t going to go how you wanted, and you don’t want to let your teammates down.”

                      Bulger had the last two fingers taped during the practice, although he expects to play without tape Sunday. He said he might not require a pain-killing injection, either.

                      “I don’t want to encourage some things NFL guys do, so I probably won’t need anything,” he said.

                      Wide receivers were impressed with Bulger’s work. Backup Kyle Boller(notes) started the last three games for St. Louis, whose 3-1 preseason record topped it victory total of two from last year.

                      “It’s the same Marc Bulger, nothing’s changed,” Donnie Avery(notes) said.

                      “He looks like he did before he hurt himself,” Keenan Burton(notes) said.

                      Spagnuolo said Bulger dropped one snap, but after the Rams changed centers without the quarterback’s knowledge.

                      “I thought he looked good throwing the ball,” Spagnuolo said. “I had an eyeball on him a couple of plays and didn’t see any ill effects.”

                      Backup guard John Greco(notes) underwent surgery for a wrist injury that’s expected to keep him out two or three weeks. Two other reserves, safety Craig Dahl(notes) (hamstring) and linebacker Larry Grant(notes) (knee sprain), were held out although Grant did some running.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Bulger Finally Takes Snaps At Center

                        Originally posted by r8rh8rmike View Post
                        Here's some more info:
                        Nice work,Mike. Exactly what I wanted to hear. With the news about Jones & Spencer being out & nothing said about a hitch in Avery's, Little's or Cogs' giddy-up, I'd say Thunder Rams are a go!

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                        • 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, 01:54 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, 04:11 PM
                        • RamWraith
                          Bulger has had injured ribs for a few weeks
                          by RamWraith
                          From Fanball


                          11/27 12:57 Rams: Bulger reveals rib injury
                          The News
                          Rams quarterback Marc Bulger left Sunday's win over the ***** for three plays just before halftime, with the given diagnosis being that he had the wind knocked out of him. Following the game, however, Bulger revealed that it was a bit more serious. "I've had a bruised rib," Bulger told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "And he [***** defensive end Bryant Young] got me right on the spot. So it pretty much knocked the wind out of me, and I couldn't breathe. I couldn't get up."

                          Our View
                          Bulger added that he has been taking pain-killing shots for "three or four weeks in a row now" in order to play through the rib injury. While we admire his courage, we must also point out that Bulger's production has tailed off dramatically over the past month. Perhaps there's a correlation?
                          -11-27-2006, 03:52 PM
                        • RamWraith
                          Bulger shoulders the pain
                          by RamWraith
                          By Jim Thomas
                          Of the Post-Dispatch
                          Wednesday, Dec. 08 2004

                          It looks like Chris Chandler will be the Rams' starting quarterback for the
                          Carolina AND Arizona games.

                          In his first comments to reporters since suffering a bruised shoulder Sunday
                          against San Francisco, Marc Bulger said his target date for a return is Dec. 27
                          against Philadelphia.

                          "I think we're shooting for Philly now," Bulger said. "Best case, hopefully, I
                          can be back for next week. You hate to guess right now. You don't know after I
                          can finally throw if it's going to flare back up. So I'm going to rest it a
                          week and then see."

                          The Rams play at Carolina on Sunday; and then travel to Arizona for a game Dec.
                          19.

                          Bulger said the shoulder has improved since Sunday's game. So he might try some
                          light throwing Monday or Tuesday, "just to see how it reacts."

                          For the most part, Bulger said the discomfort in the shoulder isn't too bad.

                          "But throwing a football is obviously different," he said. "If it was my left
                          shoulder, I think I could play. But being the right shoulder, throwing the ball
                          is just about impossible right now.

                          "I obviously can't sleep on it. Can't put any pressure on it. Anything going
                          across my body hurts a lot worse than anything going away from my body. The
                          throwing motion kind of goes across, and that's where I run into problems."

                          Bulger said he has been sleeping on his back since the injury, which apparently
                          has led to some noisy nights. "I think I snore a little bit on my back," he
                          said.

                          Bulger has yet to receive any miracle shoulder cures from fans.

                          "I got some cookies from a neighbor, that's about it," Bulger said.

                          Bulger suffered a bone bruise in his throwing shoulder at the top of the
                          collarbone against San Francisco. The shoulder was X-rayed at the Edward Jones
                          Dome. But Bulger then left with team doctor Matt Matava for an MRI exam at
                          Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital.

                          "We were driving out there listening to the game on the radio," Bulger said.
                          "It was definitely a weird feeling."

                          The Rams wanted to get an MRI as soon as possible because of concerns over a
                          possible shoulder separation in the AC joint.

                          "I felt it click when I went down," Bulger said. "Immediately that's what I
                          thought - the AC."

                          But Bulger and the Rams were relieved to learn that it was just a bone bruise.
                          A separation in the AC joint probably would have sidelined him for the rest of
                          the season. And such injuries also can affect a quarterback's throwing...
                          -12-09-2004, 05:29 AM
                        • r8rh8rmike
                          Bulger Not Ready To Discuss Future
                          by r8rh8rmike
                          Bulger not ready to discuss future
                          BY JIM THOMAS
                          ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
                          11/28/2009

                          "Sure," Marc Bulger said, when asked if he'd like to be back with the Rams next season.

                          But that's as far as he cared to discuss that topic Friday, in his first comments since suffering a fractured shin bone in his left leg against Arizona.

                          "I don't even want to talk about that," Bulger said. "We're going to have plenty of time in the offseason to make those decisions around here. But we've got a quarter — or a third — of the season to go, and I don't want to be a distraction in any way that way."

                          The original prognosis was that Bulger would be sidelined for three to six weeks with the injury, which will not require surgery. With only six games to play, including Sunday's contest with Seattle at the Edward Jones Dome, there's no guarantee that Bulger will be healthy enough to play again in 2009. And that in turn prompted speculation that he may have taken his last snap at quarterback as a St. Louis Ram.
                          "There's been a lot of numbers thrown out there on how long it's going to be (before the injury heals)," Bulger said. "It's been five days, I think, since I've done it. Only time will tell how long it's going to be."

                          Bulger said it might be another week or so before he has a better idea if he'll be able to play in '09.

                          "I'm just going to keep rehabbing — getting bone stem (treatment) and ice," Bulger said. "There's really not much you can do for it. But I'd love to come back and play a couple games."

                          Bulger hobbled into the locker room on one crutch Friday afternoon to meet with reporters. He hasn't been out on the practice field all week because the Rams' medical staff wants him off his feet for a while.

                          "I think the doctor said the first 10 days is important to keep any weight off of it, since it is a weight-bearing bone, to help the healing process," Bulger said.

                          But Bulger made every meeting this week and will continue to do so throughout the rehab and healing process.

                          "I'll still be in all the meetings, doing whatever I can to help Kyle (Boller)," Bulger said. "But he's been there, done that, so it's more I think to help Keith (Null) along. Hopefully, we don't have to use (Null), but I'll try to get him a little bit more ready."

                          Bulger may have originally suffered the injury two Sundays ago against New Orleans. He remembers coming out of that game with some soreness in the left knee area, but no real swelling.

                          "It wasn't anything visible," Bulger said. "We checked it out. You have sore knees every week, and I think when you check knees that's all you're looking for is ligaments. I never even thought in a million years that it could possibly...
                          -11-28-2009, 01:43 PM
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