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  • Bulger may play Sunday

    BY BILL COATS
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    10/01/2009

    It was feared that the shoulder injury Rams quarterback Marc Bulger suffered Sunday would end his season. Now, it's possible he might not even miss a game.

    Possible, but far from probable.

    "It'd have to be a major improvement," Bulger said Wednesday. "It's tough to judge. It's easier with a bone; you know exactly how long it's going to be to heal again. With muscles, it's a little bit more difficult."

    Bulger's injury has been diagnosed as a bruised rotator cuff. He didn't practice Wednesday but might try to toss a few passes today.

    "When he comes in in the morning, we'll decide whether he should try to throw," coach Steve Spagnuolo said.

    X-rays of Bulger's right (throwing) shoulder were sent to Dr. James Andrews, the noted sports orthopedist, for a second opinion. "It's not a reflection on anyone, just another set of eyes," Bulger said.

    Mobility of the joint, not discomfort, is the main issue, he explained.

    "I get to a certain point when I'm getting my arm back to throw, and it doesn't allow me to go back any further," Bulger said. "It's not just a pain thing or I'd be in there."

    While Bulger heals, Kyle Boller is working with the first-team offense as the Rams prepare for Sunday's game in San Francisco. Boller, who entered early in the second quarter Sunday and threw two touchdown passes in the 36-17 loss to Green Bay, is operating in limbo until Bulger's status is determined.

    "I haven't been told that I'm the guy," Boller said. "I'm just going to go out there and take the reps (at practice). If Marc can't go, then I'll make sure that I'm ready to step in and take over."

    Still, Bulger concedes nothing.

    "I'm trying to get healthy as quick as I can," he said. "I'm going to do what's smart for the team. But if I can practice this week, then definitely I'll go."

    INJURY UPDATES

    Safety James Butler and tackle Jason Smith, each with a knee injury, also sat out practice. Spagnuolo has ruled out having Butler play Sunday. Smith did some individual work on the side; he is questionable for the game.

    Cornerback Ron Bartell (thigh) and tackle Alex Barron (thigh) were limited.

    ROSTER CHANGES

    The 53-man roster was filled Wednesday with the promotions of linebacker Dominic Douglas and defensive tackle Leger Douzable from the practice squad. Wide receiver Nate Jones had been moved up earlier.

    Those spots were created Tuesday when linebacker David Vobora received a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances, wide receiver Laurent Robinson (leg) was placed on injured reserve, and defensive tackle Hollis Thomas was released.

    Four players have been added to the eight-man practice squad: linebackers Jay Moore and Justin Roland, defensive tackle Marlon Favorite, and wideout Sean Walker, who was with the club in training camp.

    REPLACING VOBORA

    Vobora's ban left an opening on the first team at strongside linebacker. Paris Lenon and Larry Grant are vying for the job.

    Vobora Grant and Chris Draft were the main contenders at the spot in the preseason. Grant was forced out of the competition when he suffered a knee injury Aug. 31. Draft was released.

    "It's always frustrating when you get any kind of injury. But you've got to continue to work in the training room and listen to what those guys tell you to do," Grant said. "I did that since the day I got hurt, and my knee is back to a hundred percent."

    RAM-BLINGS

    With Barron hobbled, John Greco took most of the first-team snaps at left tackle. ... This week's captains are tight end Randy McMichael (offense), end Leonard Little (defense) and tight end Billy Bajema (special teams).
    :ramlogo:

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    Re: Bulger may play Sunday

    Seriously doubt he plays, missing practice wednsday and all. On another note mcmicheal is captain? really?

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    • #3
      Re: Bulger may play Sunday

      Injured or not, Boller should get the start.

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      • #4
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        If Bulger is not 100%, don't start him. Simple as that. Boller showed flashes of being able to make something happen in the second quarter, but any spark he created disappeared in the second half. Though he had quite a bit of work in the pre-season and apparently has been keeping his arm fresh by running the scout team, it'll be interesting to see what he does with a full week of practice with the 1's.

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        • #5
          Re: Bulger may play Sunday

          Bulger may play, Sunday.
          "Oh crap".

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          • #6
            Re: Bulger may play Sunday

            great 0-4!
            LA RAMMER

            It's Jim not Chris
            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9HNgqQVHI_8

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            • #7
              Re: Bulger may play Sunday

              Why in the hell is McMichael a captain? I would've given Cogs the captain before McMichael. He better freaking earn that this weekend.

              I don't want Bulger playing unless he is 100%. Or if Boller just absolutely stinks it up. Which is bound to happen knowing Boller....

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              • #8
                Re: Bulger may play Sunday

                Originally posted by Mooselini View Post
                Why in the hell is McMichael a captain?
                Maybe it's based on his leadership or presence in the locker room, at practices, etc etc?

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                • #9
                  Re: Bulger may play Sunday

                  Originally posted by Nick View Post
                  If Bulger is not 100%, don't start him. Simple as that.
                  I agree. It's admirable that Bulger wants to play, but with the inconsistency in the line, the guy behind center needs to be at full strength.

                  Originally posted by Mooselini View Post
                  Why in the hell is McMichael a captain?
                  The team votes on who the captains will be, so.......

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                  • #10
                    Re: Bulger may play Sunday

                    Captains change every week..3 captains per week for 16 weeks..thats 48 team captains per year.. chances are even Leger Douzable will be a team captain before the year is out.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Bulger may play Sunday

                      Originally posted by Nick View Post
                      If Bulger is not 100%, don't start him. Simple as that. Boller showed flashes of being able to make something happen in the second quarter, but any spark he created disappeared in the second half. Though he had quite a bit of work in the pre-season and apparently has been keeping his arm fresh by running the scout team, it'll be interesting to see what he does with a full week of practice with the 1's.
                      I agree with Nick. Why start him if he is not 100%. No point in getting him hurt worse with a 0-3 record to protect. We might as well take a good look at what Boller can do with a whole game.
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                      • #12
                        Re: Bulger may play Sunday

                        That's all we need is a QB with hurt arm slinging wounded ducks into the secondary. NO THANKS.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Bulger may play Sunday

                          Originally posted by Nick View Post
                          Maybe it's based on his leadership or presence in the locker room, at practices, etc etc?
                          .....or maybe in the shower?

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                          • #14
                            Re: Bulger may play Sunday

                            I don't want to see Boller or Bulger playing, I want to see what Null has got. I am very optimistic for the Rams but I am also very realistic. I must say guys, we are not going anywhere this year. I want to see what talent we have on the bench. Can we trust Null for the future, or do we need to invest in a franchise QB. Hopefully I don't get bashed for this, but we need to look forward to next year's season and the talent pool that we have. Lets test out those young guys!

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                            • #15
                              Re: Bulger may play Sunday

                              Originally posted by Ahmedrams81 View Post
                              I don't want to see Boller or Bulger playing, I want to see what Null has got. I am very optimistic for the Rams but I am also very realistic. I must say guys, we are not going anywhere this year. I want to see what talent we have on the bench. Can we trust Null for the future, or do we need to invest in a franchise QB. Hopefully I don't get bashed for this, but we need to look forward to next year's season and the talent pool that we have. Lets test out those young guys!
                              I have to say that we should leave Null on the self until he is ready.

                              I am one of the few that thought Banks was the future of the franchies. I was also one of the ones screaming to replace Sonny (Steve) Bono. All that did was throw Banks in before he was ready, and he learned bad habits that were too hard to overcome. Of course, throwing him in on the 3 yd line, with 3rd and forever, a heavily blitzing 9ers, and an official that thought throwing a screen pass to a covered RB (if you can call Phillips that) was intentional grounding, and it's bound to shake any rookie.


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                              • r8rh8rmike
                                Injuries Add Up For Rams
                                by r8rh8rmike
                                Injuries add up for Rams

                                BY JIM THOMAS
                                ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
                                10/08/2009

                                Coach Steve Spagnuolo entered the week hoping for a little luck on the injury front.

                                "We do have to get healthy," he said Monday. "We've got some guys that are banged up. We need to get some guys back."

                                Instead, things went the other way Wednesday at Rams Park. Both starting wide receivers, Donnie Avery and Keenan Burton, couldn't finish practice because of what Spagnuolo termed sore hamstrings. Backup safety Anthony Smith, who spent most of the San Francisco game with the starting defense following Craig Dahl's concussion, couldn't finish practice because of an Achilles tendon problem.

                                All told, the Rams' official injury report had seven players listed as limited participation. Six are potential starters Sunday when the unbeaten Minnesota Vikings visit the Edward Jones Dome.

                                "We got a little more dinged today," Spagnuolo said following Wednesday's practice. "It's that time of the year in the NFL. Guys are going to be sore. They've just got to fight through 'em, and our guys are doing that."

                                To cut down on wear and tear, the Rams weren't in full pads Wednesday, usually the one day of the week where most teams work in full gear during the regular season.

                                Among the walking wounded, cornerback Ron Bartell (thigh) and Dahl appear the most ready to play Sunday ... just in time for Brett Favre.

                                "It feels 10 times better — the week off really helped," said Bartell, who missed his first game since high school Sunday against San Francisco because of his thigh injury. "I feel like with the next four or five days, I'll make enough progress to play. I have every intention of playing and starting Sunday, and helping us win. So barring no setbacks, I'll be playing."

                                Dahl, the starter at strong safety until James Butler (knee) returns in a week or so, suffered his concussion in the first quarter against the *****. "On a tackle I had made, I got hit in the side of the head by the running back," Dahl said. "I came up fine, but just a little disoriented. Could tell things weren't right. I stayed in the rest of the series and then came out."

                                But Dahl passed the "baseline" memory and cognitive skills test Tuesday, a necessary first step for players returning from concussions. If he gets through the practice week without any post-concussion symptoms, he will be back in the lineup against Minnesota.

                                Things aren't as clear cut at quarterback, where Marc Bulger is trying to work his way back to game readiness after suffering a bruised rotator cuff Sept. 27 against Green Bay.

                                Last week, Bulger had test results sent to noted orthopedic surgeon James Andrews for a second opinion on his injured right shoulder....
                                -10-08-2009, 09:05 AM
                              • eldfan
                                Rams Team report
                                by eldfan
                                Kyle Boller is expected to be the Rams' starting quarterback for Sunday's game in San Francisco.
                                Marc Bulger, who injured his shoulder in Sunday's loss to Green Bay, did not practice again Friday.

                                Bulger said midweek that his shoulder hasn't gotten worse, "which is good," but also admitted it wasn't noticeably better. Mobility with his arm, and having the ability to make throws, will be the issue more so than pain since he said, "I've played frequently with pain."

                                Boller, who went to school at the University of California, is relishing the chance to start Sunday. He also is glad to be taking snaps with the first unit, which is something he didn't do last week, before being called on to play when Bulger was hurt at the end of the first quarter.

                                Asked about being comfortable running the offense, he said, "With me, when you don't take very many reps in practice, I could sit there and say that a certain play I have a five-step drop and actually going out there and not having taken a rep of it, I might take an extra two by accident. It is those little things, the details of fine-tuning everything to where, if I take that five-step and get it out of my hand, it might have been the difference in me putting the ball in front of the guy or behind the guy. It is little things like that that really will make a big difference.

                                "I don't think it is really unfamiliarity; it is just a matter of taking the details and fine-tuning everything, making sure we are sharp. If it is supposed to be a 14-yard comeback, run it at 14 yards. It is not like a guy forgets that it was a 14-yard comeback, it is just things like that. If I've got to take a five-step drop, take a five-step drop; don't take a seven-step drop. If it is three-hitch and three-plant, do your three-plant. It is just little things like that."

                                As to whether there will be aspects of the offense designed if he plays, Boller said, "No, I don't think there are certain plays that he (Bulger) has, that I have. We are just trying to operate this offense; it is still new to us. It is going to be a growing process but I think that we are making strides. I know after watching the tape there is a lot of work that we can go out there and help ourselves with to score more points."

                                Boller has a rep of starting cold and then settling down. Against the Packers, he was wild high on his first two passes, then got on a roll and that led to two touchdowns. He hopes to start strong against the *****.

                                "It is frustrating to me because I could literally throw those with my eyes closed," he said of the incompletions against Green Bay. "Just bad technique; I will hit those next time. I am not worried about that. Looking back, just a couple of fundamental things, just going through and completing the ball.

                                "Every offense is different. You might...
                                -10-03-2009, 06:51 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 3˝ 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
                              • thermobee
                                Rams turn to Boller at QB with Bulger nursing shoulder injury
                                by thermobee
                                NFL.com Wire Reports
                                Quarterback Kyle Boller will make his first start for the St. Louis Rams on Sunday as Marc Bulger rests his injured shoulder.
                                Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo said Friday that if Bulger dresses for the game against the San Francisco *****, it will be as the third quarterback. Technically, Bulger is listed as questionable.



                                Bulger hurt his right shoulder during the first quarter of last week's 36-17 loss to the Green Bay Packers. Boller came in and threw two touchdown passes, but the comeback fizzled in the second half.
                                Boller is in his first year with the Rams. He had 42 career starts for the Baltimore Ravens, but Sunday will mark his first start since Dec. 16, 2007.
                                In other Rams injury news, safety James Butler (knee) is out and rookie OT Jason Smith (knee)is doubtful. Both players were unable to practice all week.
                                -10-02-2009, 01:57 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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