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    Incognito Poised to Return
    Wednesday, December 2, 2009


    By Nick Wagoner
    Senior Writer

    Upon paying a visit to medical specialists in Los Angeles under the umbrella of Athletes Performance Inc., Rams guard Richie Incognito had an open mind about progressive, new-age treatments that might speed up his recovery from a Lisfranc injury in his foot.

    But even a man as big and tough as Incognito has his limits.

    “You go out there and they have this guy for this and this guy for this,” Incognito said.
    “You want to do as much as possible and there’s some stuff, you think to yourself ‘Ehhhh, I don’t know if you are going to poke me with that needle right now. I am not feeling that.’ I was fine with the acupuncture but I saw him do this one to someone else. The needle goes in a little further, this, that and the other thing. This day and age, there are so many different ideas on getting healthy and so many different ways you can do it.”

    In the end, all that really matters is that when you reach the end of the rehabilitation road you are healthy. And from early indications on Wednesday, Incognito has finally reached that point after suffering the foot injury way back on Oct. 25 against Indianapolis.

    The road to recovery has been a long one, one that has been difficult for Incognito to watch, especially considering the team’s record.

    When Incognito went on the shelf, the offensive line had just begun to click. Running back Steven Jackson had rushed for 134 yards against the Colts that day and the previous week against Jacksonville, Incognito and the line had allowed just a single sack.

    All told, things were just beginning to get rolling for the Rams’ revamped offensive line and perhaps nobody was providing a more physical, set the tone attitude than Incognito.

    Making matters more frustrating was the fact that the first game Incognito missed was the team’s first win of the season, a victory Incognito had to watch from home.

    “It’s extremely tough to sit around and watch the team play,” Incognito said. “When I got injured, we were playing at such a high level. Then you get injured and you kind of push it aside and you are just sitting at home watching the Detroit game thinking I want to be there with these guys fighting for a win. It’s extremely tough as a competitor and it was a learning process. I have been injured before where it’s ended my season but I’ve never been injured before where I had to rehab, come back and finish the season. I am looking forward to finishing strong.”

    Incognito practiced for the first time Wednesday since he suffered the injury against the Colts.

    In the previous week’s game against Jacksonville, Incognito injured his ankle but he played through it the following week in practice and against Indianapolis.
    During that game, Incognito dropped back in pass protection and felt a wobble in his foot that caused him to fall to the ground. He finished the series gingerly and when he got to the sideline, he knew it was something somewhat serious.

    Over the course of the next couple of days, Incognito said the foot only got sorer and he knew something was wrong. An X ray revealed the Lisfranc injury and Incognito had to put on a cast.

    Incognito spent the next two weeks off of the foot and in the cast. After that, he spent another two weeks working to get his range of motion back. He spent last week working to get his conditioning and football speed up.

    Along the way, Incognito explored all options to help get back on the field sooner than later.

    “Once I was injured I switched my focus from playing ball to getting healthy,” Incognito said. “I was going to do everything possible to get healthy. I went back to Arizona to see my physical therapist down there, trips out to L.A. to meet with this new guy who’s got this new technique and all sorts of things like that. My focus went from playing at a high level to getting healthy to get myself prepared to play at a high level again here at the end of the year.”

    Before last week’s game against Seattle, Incognito was on the field before the game attempting to test out the foot to see if there was a chance he could be active and able to play against the Seahawks.

    According to Incognito, the foot got worse as he ran on it more and he eventually had to again be on the pregame inactive list.

    Incognito participated in almost all of Wednesday’s practice and says he is on pace to play this weekend against Chicago, though that is not set in stone yet.

    “From here through Sunday, I need to be full participation, no setbacks, no tweaking of the foot,” Incognito said. “If the foot feels 100 percent day to day I will play this weekend.”

    While the offensive line continued to play well for the most part in Incognito’s absence, mostly due to the yeoman’s work of super-sub Adam Goldberg, Incognito gives the Rams a physical presence that draws the ire and fear of opposing defenders.

    “I think everybody knows what Richie can bring to the table,” center Jason Brown said. “He definitely has a toughness he brings to the game that a lot of people take the wrong way. Sometimes they say he is over aggressive but you know what? I love his aggressiveness out there.”

    Incognito’s return couldn’t come at a better time, considering the banged up nature of the offensive line.

    Brown missed the first practice of his career on Wednesday because of a knee injury and tackle Jason Smith is still recovering from a concussion. Although it remains possible both could be available this weekend, getting Incognito book could provide the offense a boost after a tough day against the Seahawks.

    “(It’s) just another physical guy,” quarterback Kyle Boller said. “A guy that has been a starter. He might give us an extra spark. He’s a great player and we look forward to having him back.”

    Nobody is looking more forward to his return than Incognito, though. Scheduled for unrestricted free agency (possibly, depending on the CBA situation), Incognito is entering a key stretch run for his future in St. Louis.

    But that is far from Incognito’s focus upon his return.

    “We were playing at a real high level and then it continued after I was out,” Incognito said. “They went to Detroit and got a win and the boys came together as a unit, all five guys and then played well against New Orleans and Arizona. I am looking to come back and just help this offensive line get back to where we were.”

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  • .ramfan.
    Incognito Recovering Well
    by .ramfan.
    Incognito Recovering Well
    Monday, March 20, 2006



    By Nick Wagoner
    Senior Writer

    It has been almost three years since Richie Incognito last played in a football game. On Monday, he took an important step toward getting back on the field when he showed up for the beginning of the Rams’ offseason conditioning program.

    Although the program is “voluntary” it is well known that participation is strongly encouraged. But Incognito didn’t need much in the way of prodding. His long absence from the field, an absence caused by disciplinary problems and injuries, is coming close to an end.

    “The knee is feeling strong, the leg is feeling strong,” Incognito said. “Everything is feeling good. I am getting real close to 100 percent. I am moving around. My main focus when I was down in Arizona training was just to get strong again and gain strength so when I start moving around and getting closer back to 100 percent.”

    It’s no wonder that Incognito is getting antsy to put the pads on, get on the field and participate in actual contact drills. Since his final appearance in college way back in 2003, Incognito has had nothing but obstacles keeping him from getting to the field.

    After attempting to transfer from Nebraska to Oregon and being unable to fulfill that desire, Incognito ended up declaring for the NFL Draft after sitting out his junior year.

    Incognito appeared back on the right track with an impressive workout at the NFL combine, but suffered a serious injury to his right knee just before the draft. That injury on top of the questions about his off the field incidents led to Incognito’s slipping to the third round.

    The Rams scooped him up with the 81st pick in the draft and stashed him on the roster while holding out hope that he might be able to make it back to the game at some point during the season.

    Incognito spent most of his time working out near his home in Arizona in an effort to rehabilitate and get on the field. Of course, none of it mattered until he signed a contract with the Rams.

    A lengthy contract stalemate finally ended on Sept. 29, when Incognito agreed to a contract with the team. He was put on the injured reserve/non-football injury list soon after signing. That move allowed him additional time to recover and still hold out hopes of contributing without having to eat up a roster spot.

    Finally, on Oct. 20, Incognito put on the pads and participated in practice. But Incognito pushed a little too far on that day, including a small scuffle with Tyoka Jackson. It was the first and last time he practiced during the season. He was placed on injured reserve in November, ending his season.

    The inability to be on the field has been difficult for Incognito while he rehabs.

    “It’s hard coming in, especially in your rookie...
    -03-20-2006, 03:51 PM
  • RamWraith
    Rams like what Incognito offers
    by RamWraith
    Second-year player could settle in as starting right guard
    BY STEVE KORTE
    News-Democrat

    ST. LOUIS - Left guard Richie Incognito takes pride in the physical presence that he brings to the St. Louis Rams' offensive line.

    "How much do I like collisions?" Incognito said. "It depends what kind of collision, whether you are lighting somebody up or you are taking it. It's a part of the game that I really like."

    The 6-foot-3, 305-pound Incognito has his own definition of lighting somebody up.

    "That's when you catch one of those linebackers not looking or catch somebody running the wrong way," Incognito said. "That's just a kill shot."

    Rams first-year coach Scott Linehan was pleased with how Incognito and the rest of the Rams' starting offensive line performed in a 19-17 win over the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday.

    The Rams rushed for 202 yards in the game and set the tone for the ground game with a 16-yard burst by Steven Jackson on their first play from scrimmage.

    "I think we established a real physical style of play up front as a unit," Linehan said. "On the he first play, Richie had maybe one of the best blocks of the game. He just came off the ball and created a huge hole, and (fullback) Paul Smith got the linebacker. We busted off a 16-yard run on the first play, which was nice."

    Incognito is currently the front-runner for the starting job at left guard, even though he hadn't played in an actual game for almost 2 1/2 years before Thursday night.

    "That was great," Incognito said. "Just high tempo, bodies flying around everywhere. The speed of the game is definitely a lot different than college."

    Incognito said he was glad to see a running play to his side on the Rams' script of plays for their first series.

    "That's how I set my tempo," Incognito said. "I go out and try to lay the wood on the first play, and set the tempo and say, 'That's how it's going to be all day long."'

    Incognito fought through practice Sunday despite an upper respiratory infection that has made breathing difficult. He left practice briefly, but returned to finish out the last hour of work, including post-practice wind sprints.

    "I've got something going on where I can't breath, I'm all clogged up," Incognito said. "It's no cakewalk out there. I can't get any air. Today, I couldn't breath, so I started overheating, and then my legs went on me right away."

    The Rams took a gamble on Incognito with the second of their two third-round picks in the 2005 NFL draft.

    Incognito was coming off knee surgery and he had a string of off-the-field problems that led to his dismissal from both the University of Nebraska and the University of Oregon...
    -08-14-2006, 05:16 AM
  • RamWraith
    This Incognito getting noticed with Rams
    by RamWraith
    By Steve Korte
    McClatchy Newspapers

    (MCT)

    ST. LOUIS - Left guard Richie Incognito takes pride in the physical presence that he brings to the St. Louis Rams` offensive line.

    "How much do I like collisions?" Incognito said. "It depends what kind of collision, whether you are lighting somebody up or you are taking it. It`s a part of the game that I really like."

    The 6-foot-3, 305-pound Incognito has his own definition of lighting somebody up.

    "That`s when you catch one of those linebackers not looking or catch somebody running the wrong way," Incognito said. "That`s just a kill shot."

    Rams first-year coach Scott Linehan was pleased with how Incognito and the rest of the Rams` starting offensive line performed in a 19-17 win over the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday.

    The Rams rushed for 202 yards in the game and set the tone for the ground game with a 16-yard burst by Steven Jackson on their first play from scrimmage.

    "I think we established a real physical style of play up front as a unit," Linehan said. "On the he first play, Richie had maybe one of the best blocks of the game. He just came off the ball and created a huge hole, and (fullback) Paul Smith got the linebacker. We busted off a 16-yard run on the first play, which was nice."

    Incognito is currently the front-runner for the starting job at left guard, even though he hadn`t played in an actual game for almost 2 1/2 years before Thursday night.

    "That was great," Incognito said. "Just high tempo, bodies flying around everywhere. The speed of the game is definitely a lot different than college."

    Incognito said he was glad to see a running play to his side on the Rams` script of plays for their first series.

    "That`s how I set my tempo," Incognito said. "I go out and try to lay the wood on the first play, and set the tempo and say, `That`s how it`s going to be all day long.""

    Incognito fought through practice Sunday despite an upper respiratory infection that has made breathing difficult. He left practice briefly, but returned to finish out the last hour of work, including post-practice wind sprints.

    "I`ve got something going on where I can`t breath, I`m all clogged up," Incognito said. "It`s no cakewalk out there. I can`t get any air. Today, I couldn`t breath, so I started overheating, and then my legs went on me right away."

    The Rams took a gamble on Incognito with the second of their two third-round picks in the 2005 NFL draft.

    Incognito was coming off knee surgery and he had a string of off-the-field problems that led to his dismissal from both the University of Nebraska and the University of Oregon football teams.

    ...
    -08-14-2006, 11:05 AM
  • RamWraith
    Incognito nears return to lineup
    by RamWraith
    By Bill Coats
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    Saturday, Sep. 22 2007

    The frustration has passed for Richie Incognito. Now, he’s feeling antsy.

    “There’s finally something to look forward to,” he said Friday. “It’s getting
    close.”

    Incognito, the Rams’ first-team right guard, has been sidelined since spraining
    his left ankle Aug. 18 in an exhibition game vs. San Diego. He hasn’t
    practiced, other than assorted individual work, since then.

    The injury occurred high on the ankle, which extends the recovery period. Then
    Incognito reaggravated the injury as he pushed to get ready for the
    season-opener, further delaying his return.

    “There’s really not a time frame for it,” Incognito explained. “You’re going to
    progress, you’re going to get better, and then one day you’re going to feel
    fine. I’m waiting for that day.”

    It could come next week. “Hopefully,” he said. “We’re taking it day by day and
    then we’ll re-evaluate where I am.”

    The 6-foot-3, 330-pound Incognito, 24, sat out his first NFL season with a knee
    injury. That experience has helped him deal with his current hiatus.

    “You learn the value of patience and picking up as much as you can, getting
    mental reps, staying with it,” he said. “Because if you get out of it, the
    mental part of the game goes down, too. You’ve just got to ride the highs and
    lows, and get better.”
    -09-22-2007, 05:54 AM
  • MauiRam
    Incognito Making Impression
    by MauiRam
    Incognito Making Impression
    Friday, June 9, 2006

    By Nick Wagoner
    Senior Writer

    It’s been almost three years since Richie Incognito has been able to strap on the pads and helmet and step onto a football field. But, like any other activity requiring muscle memory, it still comes natural to the Rams’ young offensive lineman.

    “For me, it’s just like getting back on a bike,” Incognito said. “It’s just so much fun being out here with the guys. When you are on IR it’s a tough deal. You are kind of like an outsider, you feel like you are on the outside looking in just sitting on the sidelines trying to get a feel for everything.”

    As the Rams opened their third and final minicamp Friday afternoon, Incognito couldn’t help but feel like he was no longer on the outside looking in. In fact, for the better part of the past few weeks Incognito has been on the inside in more ways than one.

    With returning starter Claude Terrell struggling with a wrist injury and some conditioning issues, Incognito has surged to the forefront on the interior and has spent all of the organized team activities and the first day of the final minicamp working with the first-team at left guard.

    While there is plenty of time for the competition at guard and any other position to flesh itself out before the start of the season, Incognito has made all the right moves to take an early lead in the race.

    Incognito reported to the beginning of offseason workouts in excellent shape at just under 300 pounds and has continued to work to get back into shape after suffering a knee injury near last April’s NFL Draft. There was one slight setback since his return, though as Incognito cracked a bone in his hand during organized team activities.

    “He had a great minicamp when we had the rookies and first year players and he played center,” coach Scott Linehan said. “I wasn’t sure how that would go for him, he hadn’t done it for a while then he had a great camp. He was able to take snaps today and he played some guard. He was a little rusty, but he had a better outing this afternoon. He’s another of those guys that has had a great offseason.”

    Now, things are full speed ahead for the first time since Incognito’s Nebraska Cornhuskers defeated Michigan State in the 2003 Alamo Bowl.

    “It’s something I missed a lot,” Incognito said. “The second go around is kind of the second chance. It’s amazing. It’s an unbelievable feeling to be between those lines and playing well.”

    Incognito’s return to the field has been three years in the making after a series of setbacks, including the right knee injury which cost him his rookie season with the Rams. That injury scared off some teams on draft day, but the Rams grabbed him based on his immense potential and fiery football persona.

    After rehabilitating in Arizona, Incognito signed...
    -06-10-2006, 01:14 PM
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