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  • Looks Like SS James Butler's A Go For Sunday

    10.22.2009 5:27 pm
    Looks like SS James Butler’s a go for Sunday
    By Jim Thomas
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    Just in time for Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts, strong safety James Butler is ready to return from a left knee injury. Butler missed three games after suffering a medial collateral ligament injury Sept. 27 against Green Bay.

    Butler was full participation in practice again on Thursday, so barring a setback at the end of the week, he’s expected to be back in the starting lineup Sunday against Indianapolis.

    “He brings the experience, and the confidence that the guys have in him making the calls,” coach Steve Spagnuolo said.

    Craig Dahl played well in Butler’s absence, and will still see action in some of the Rams’ other defensive alignments, most notably the “dime” package.

    “It’s kind of nice that Craig now has some plays under his belt with this group,” Spagnuolo said. “So I think the defense feels comfortable with either one of those guys being in there, which is huge.”

    * No Hall: DE James Hall (groin) didn’t practice for the second day in a row, casting doubt on his availibility for the Colts. Chris Long would start in his place.

    * Avery Limited: After sitting out Wednesday’s practice, WR Donnie Avery (hip) saw limited action on Thursday. He seemed to be running pretty well, although he came up gimpy after diving for a deep ball on one play.

    * More injury/illness updates: Rookie DT Darell Scott was back at practice Thursday after missing Wednesday’s practice because of a stomach virus. Nickel back Justin King (groin) and WR Ruvell Martin (hamstring) had limited participation Thursday. CB Ron Bartell (concussion) and RG Richie Incognito (ankle) had full participation.

    * Even though No. 2 overall draft pick Jason Smith is healthy, it looks like Adam Goldberg will start once again at right tackle against Indy. Smith continues to work at both left and right tackle. Against the Colts, it’s possible Smith will rotate in again at right tackle _ as he did last week in Jacksonville _ or even at left tackle with Alex Barron.

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  • r8rh8rmike
    James Butler Is Ready For Indianapolis Colts
    by r8rh8rmike
    James Butler is ready for Indianapolis Colts

    James Butler has gone against Peyton Manning and the high-powered Indianapolis offense just once in his career. It's a game he'd like to forget.

    The Colts prevailed 26-21 on Sept. 10, 2006, in East Rutherford, N.J., and Butler — a second-year pro in a reserve safety's role for the New York Giants — dropped what should've been an interception.

    On Sunday, Manning and the Colts visit the Edward Jones Dome. Butler will be in the lineup after missing three games because of a knee injury. But if the matchup carries any special meaning for him, Butler isn't tipping his hand.

    "It's the NFL; every offense is good," Butler said. "I'm just glad to have the opportunity, and I'm ready to get back."

    The signing of Butler as a free agent was one of the Rams' earliest offseason moves after hiring Steve Spagnuolo as head coach. They had spent two seasons together with the Giants, where Spagnuolo was the defensive coordinator.

    Not only did Butler fill a need at strong safety, but he brought a detailed knowledge of Spagnuolo's defensive scheme. Craig Dahl filled in nicely the last three weeks, but Butler's experience is invaluable, cornerback Ron Bartell emphasized.

    "It's good to have somebody back there who knows the ins and outs of the defense," Bartell said. "We're still learning the defense ourselves, so he can kind of settle us down and get us aligned properly. Having him back is a huge plus for us."

    Watching from the sideline was "very tough, but injuries are part of the game," Butler said. "Experience is always good, but you've still got to play the game. That's my mind-set — go out there and play to the best of my ability."


    It appears as if Donnie Avery is in and newcomer Brandon Gibson is in limbo as the coaches ponder which four — or possibly five — wide receivers to suit up Sunday.

    Avery, who bruised his left hip last week at Jacksonville, was a full participant at practice Friday and pronounced himself ready to go. "No problem at all," he said. "It's a lot better. I'm feeling really fluent out there."

    Gibson, a rookie acquired from Philadelphia on Tuesday for linebacker Will Witherspoon, said he feels comfortable enough to contribute Sunday. "The offense is the exact same as in Philadelphia, and I know it," he said. "Hopefully I can make an impact."

    If he gets the chance.

    "It's probably 50-50," Spagnuolo said. "The other (wideouts) ... kind of stepped it up and had a pretty good week. So that'll be a tough call."


    If James Hall, who was listed as questionable...
    -10-24-2009, 12:02 PM
  • r8rh8rmike
    Looks Like Quincy Butler Is Next Up As Rams Corner
    by r8rh8rmike
    10.29.2009 3:49 pm
    Looks like Quincy Butler is next up as Rams corner
    By Jim Thomas
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    As usual, St. Louis Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo said a final decision won’t be made until the end of the week, but it looks like Quincy Butler will step into the starting lineup Sunday at cornerback in place of the injured Bradley Fletcher.

    “We may go with Quincy Butler,” Spagnuolo said Thursday. “We’ll make a final decision after tomorrow.”

    Butler, no relation to starting safety James Butler, has gotten the lion’s share of the reps with the starters this week in Fletcher’s spot. That leaves Justin King if healthy in the nickel back role. And Jonathan Wade, who started the first four games at right corner, in a reserve role.

    After missing the Indianapolis game with a groin injury, King has been listed as “limited participation” on the Rams’ official injury report Wednesday and Thursday.

    Butler, a second-year pro from Texas Christian, joined the Rams late last season after being claimed off waivers from Dallas. Limited mainly to special teams work earlier this season, Butler made his first NFL start last Sunday against Indianapolis, but only because the Rams opened in a “dime” defense featuring six defensive backs.

    Flecher suffered a season-ending knee injury against the Colts. He underwent surgery Tuesday to repair lateral meniscus cartilage damage in the knee. He will have additional surgery next month to repair anterior cruciate ligament damage in the knee.

    * DE James Hall (groin) also was listed as limited participation. DE C.J. Ah You (ankle) and RG Richie Incognito (foot) missed practice.

    * DT Clifton Ryan (illness) was sent home and did not practice. Offensive lineman John Greco was back Thursday after missing Wednesday’s practice to attend to a family matter.
    -10-29-2009, 04:31 PM
  • r8rh8rmike
    CB Murphy Tweaks Hamstring
    by r8rh8rmike
    CB Murphy tweaks hamstring

    Thursday, December 2, 2010

    Even without Kurt Warner at quarterback, Arizona still uses a lot of three_ and four-wide receiver sets. So the St. Louis Rams will need just about every cornerback available for Sunday's game in Glendale, Ariz.

    But rookie Jerome Murphy, who has been the Rams' third or fourth corner most of the season, was limited in practice Thursday after tweaking his hamstring.

    "That happened in special teams practice," coach Steve Spagnuolo said.

    If Murphy can't go against the Big Red, he would be replaced by either Quincy Butler or Kevin Dockery. Butler has participated in only a handful of plays since signing with the team Oct. 25 and has been inactive the past three games. Dockery has been inactive the past two games following his rocky start Nov. 14 in San Francisco.

    Fullback Mike Karney, who was on the pregame inactive list in Denver, did not practice Thursday because of what Spagnuolo said was "a groin issue."

    The rest of the team's official injury report was unchanged from Wednesday: defensive tackle Darell Scott (foot) was limited and punter Donnie Jones (calf) and cornerback Justin King (shoulder) were full participation Thursday.
    -12-02-2010, 07:46 PM
  • r8rh8rmike
    Punches Fly Despite N0-Hitting Practice At Rams Park
    by r8rh8rmike
    08.10.2009 11:56 am
    Punches fly despite no-hitting practice at Rams Park
    By Bill Coats
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    On a day when coach Steve Spagnuolo dialed back the hitting, going without a live-tackling session for the first time since the second day of St. Louis Rams training camp, the first fight of the preseason broke out. The combatants Monday morning were tight end Billy Bajema and safety James Butler, who apparently felt that Bajema hit him too low. A few punches were thrown, but no damage was done.

    “I’d rather not have it, because it slows down practice,” Spagnuolo said. “But I understand it, because we are getting some hard, physical work done. It got defused pretty quick.”

    Notes & quotes:

    *Spagnuolo confirmed that WR Donnie Avery has a stress fracture in his left foot and is expected to be sidelined four to six weeks.

    *At this time, the Rams aren’t planning to bring in another WR, Spagnuolo said. But that could change.

    *DE Leonard Little (neck) suited up but didn’t take part in team work. Victor Adeyanju took over his spot on the left side with the first team.

    *S Craig Dahl (hamstring) and DT Adam Carriker (ankle) remained out. FB Mike Karney (ankle) again was limited to individual drills.

    *For the second consecutive day, rookie James Laurinaitis took all the reps at MLB with the first unit, and Chris Draft lined up at SLB.

    *Rookie CB Bradley Fletcher picked off a pass from Brock Berlin in 11-on-11s and returned it to the end zone.

    *T Jason Smith, the No. 2 overall pick in the draft, had a rough time in one-on-one line drills. Smith is adjusting to the right side after playing LT at Baylor.

    All for now . . . more following the afternoon practice.
    -08-10-2009, 09:22 PM
  • r8rh8rmike
    Bulger: Rams Must Achieve Perfection To Upset Colts
    by r8rh8rmike
    10.21.2009 5:32 pm
    Bulger: Rams must achieve perfection to upset Colts
    By Bill Coats
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    What will it take for the winless St. Louis Rams to upend the undefeated Indianapolis Colts on Sunday at the Edward Jones Dome? Perfection, according to quarterback Marc Bulger.

    “We can’t make mistakes, we can’t turn the ball over, we can’t commit penalties,” he said Wednesday. “We know how good they are and we understand the game it’s going to take to beat them. It’s going to take a perfect game.”

    Notes & quotes:

    *WR Donnie Avery (hip), DE James Hall (groin) and DT Darell Scott (illness) didn’t practice Wednesday. G Richie Incognito (ankle), CB Justin King (groin) and WR Ruvell Martin (hamstring) were limited.

    *CB Ron Bartell was cleared after suffering a mild concussion in the overtime period Sunday at Jacksonville and was a full participant at practice. So was S James Butler, who has missed three games with a knee injury. Butler is expected to start Sunday.

    *While Adam Goldberg took most of the first-team snaps at RT, rookie Jason Smith got in extended work at LT with the scout team.

    *Newcomers Brandon Gibson and Phil Trautwein were on the practice fields. Gibson, a rookie WR, was obtained from the Eagles on Tuesday for LB Will Witherspoon and a fifth-round pick in the 2010 draft. Trautwein, a rookie T, was signed off the Browns’ practice squad. Trautwein was one of the Rams’ last preseason cuts.

    *This week’s captains are G Jacob Bell (offense), DE Chris Long (defense) and DE C.J. Ah You (special teams).

    All for now…
    -10-21-2009, 07:23 PM