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  • Avery Will Try To Play Through Shoulder Injury

    12.07.2009 8:37 pm
    Avery will try to play through shoulder injury
    By Jim Thomas
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch


    An MRI neck exam for St. Louis Rams rookie defensive tackle Darell Scott showed no damage. And an X-ray of fullback Mike Karney’s neck injury, one that has sidelined him for two games, confirmed that he is healthy enough to return to practice this week.

    But wide receiver Donnie Avery wasn’t so lucky. An MRI exam Monday showed he has a shoulder injury _ one that he will try to play through for the remainder of the season. Avery suffered the injury in Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears, but finished the game wearing a brace.

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    If Avery had as many catches as he has injuries, he'd be a freaking pro-bowler.

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    • mpire
      Avery out with stress fracture
      by mpire
      Avery out with stress fracture
      By Jim Thomas
      ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
      07/29/2008

      MEQUON, Wis. _ Second-round draft pick Donnie Avery, the first wide receiver taken in the 2008 draft, did not participate in Tuesday afternoon's practice because of what Rams officials described as a stress fracture of the hip-back area.

      Avery watched in shorts as his teammates took part in a full-pad practice at Concordia University Wisconsin.

      The severity of the injury, and the amount of time that Avery will be out, was not known immediately, but one team source said it was in an area that Rams medical officials had not seen before.

      The injuries continued to mount on other fronts as well Tuesday.

      Starting right guard Mark Setterstrom was taken off the field with an unknown injury. So was linebacker Vince Hall, the rookie free agent from Virginia Tech. Tight end Anthony Becht wasn't practicing because of a hamstring injury.

      In Setterstrom's absence, rookie John Greco was working with the first unit at right guard. Richie Incognito was working at center instead of Brett Romberg.

      Check back later with STLtoday.com for more on these developments




      The hip-back? are they saying the kid broke his ass?
      -07-29-2008, 04:08 PM
    • eldfan
      Rams' Avery gets back up to speed
      by eldfan
      Rams' Avery gets back up to speed
      BY JIM THOMAS


      One of the criticisms of the Rams' draft was that they didn't select a speedster at wide receiver, someone who could stretch secondaries and keep defenses from ganging up on Steven Jackson.

      But a familiar and occasionally maligned name from the recent past, Donnie Avery, still could fill that bill.

      Avery says he's "a good 92-93 percent" recovered from surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. The injury, which occurred in the Rams' Aug. 26 preseason game in New England, cost him the entire 2010 season.

      For most of this lockout-marred offseason, Avery has been rehabbing and training in his hometown of Houston, working with a strength coach and a track coach.

      "Just trying to get back up to speed," he said. "Because you know with injuries like this, a lot of guys, they lose their quick-twitch muscles."

      And Avery has had more quick-twitch than all but a select few human beings. His speed has been his greatest asset.

      "Last week, I clocked a 4.34," Avery said after Wednesday's player-organized Rams practice at Lindenwood University.

      That's nearly one-tenth of a second off Avery's personal best in the 40-yard dash — 4.27 seconds — but still a sizzling time. Since he's not 100 percent healthy, the NFL lockout actually has been a positive for Avery.

      "It's been a great thing for me," Avery laughed. "I didn't want to miss OTAs, but the lockout is postponing them so it's given me more time to be healthy."

      In normal times, the Rams would be in the third week of the spring practices, also known as organized team activities, and Avery might have been tempted to rush back into action. But with the lockout he has been able to ease back in, minimizing the possibility of setbacks.

      He was part of the Houston workouts prior to the draft that involved Sam Bradford and many of the team's receivers, and is taking part in the Lindenwood sessions. But these workouts are shorter and more relaxed than minicamps, and Avery can go at his own pace.

      Besides working to get his knee right, Avery has changed his diet.

      "I slimmed down a little bit," Avery said. "I got up to 203 (pounds) but I didn't feel comfortable with it. So right now I'm like 190, 191. It's like 3.8 percent body fat. For dinner (Tuesday) night, I had 4.2 ounces of fish, 2.2 cups of brown rice, and a cup of green beans. So it's training right, eating a lot of proteins, and just working on my speed."

      With a new offensive coordinator in Josh McDaniels and a new scheme, the Rams drafted two wide receivers last month in Austin Pettis and Greg Salas. But Avery said he didn't have much of a reaction either way when the picks were made.
      ...
      -05-26-2011, 12:53 PM
    • RamWraith
      Avery Ready to Make an Impact
      by RamWraith
      Thursday, September 25, 2008

      By Nick Wagoner

      Senior Writer



      Watching as fellow rookie wideouts around the league make a first impression – good or bad – in the first three games, Donnie Avery couldn’t help but wonder when his time would come.



      For every big play or boneheaded play made by Philadelphia ’s DeSean Jackson, Avery made note and hoped for his time to arrive.

      After three games of patiently working through a knee injury and working in limited duty, the time is now.



      Coach Scott Linehan named Avery the starter at the ‘Z’ receiver position on Wednesday and Avery will get his first career NFL start on Sunday against Buffalo.



      “I’m very excited,” Avery said. “I finally get to go out there and just have fun from the start. I don’t have to wait on the sidelines to get my opportunity.”



      When the Rams used the second pick of the second round to make Avery the first receiver taken in this year’s NFL Draft, they had hoped he could work behind starter Torry Holt and occasionally chip in as the third receiver.



      But injuries to Drew Bennett and fellow rookie Keenan Burton are out this week and the Rams offense is searching for a spark. When the Rams drafted Avery, they touted his game breaking speed.



      With that in mind, they are turning to Avery to inject that youth and speed into the offense.



      “That’s what everybody expects when they get drafted,” Avery said. “They want to get out on the field and start. That’s my goal. It’s sad to say people had to get hurt for me to get up there but that’s how it goes.”



      Avery was inactive in the opener against Philadelphia because of a knee injury that came on the heels of his return from a pelvic bone injury suffered early in training camp.



      Against New York in week 2, Avery played a little at receiver and returned a kick for 21 yards. Finally, last week against Seattle , Avery got his chance to work in at receiver, catching three passes for 24 yards.



      “He wants to get on the field and show what he can do,” coach Scott Linehan said. “I just want him to relax and play and use that speed.”



      The transition to a starter in the NFL from leading receiver for the Houston Cougars has not been an easy one.



      In addition to the pressures of being the first wide out taken, Avery is dealing with plenty of new things.



      For one, Houston never had an actual playbook in any of Avery’s time there. The playbook was nonexistent and Avery could move all over the field and get the ball in any given scenario.



      Contrast the lack of a...
      -09-27-2008, 07:31 AM
    • RamWraith
      Season wears on Avery
      by RamWraith
      By Jim Thomas
      ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
      Thursday, Dec. 18 2008


      Like many NFL neophytes, Rams wide receiver Donnie Avery hit the rookie wall.
      But he's over it now.

      "I've climbed over the wall," Avery said. "I can't say I went through it. I had
      to spend more time climbing over it."

      The climb was painful. That's because a recent MRI exam revealed that the
      fractured hip Avery suffered July 28 at training camp in Mequon, Wis., never
      fully healed.

      "I've still got a cracked hip," Avery said. "It's not healed."

      After missing a couple of weeks of practice, Avery returned for the Rams' third
      preseason game and has been playing ever since. Avery said he never had an MRI
      when he returned in mid-August.

      "So I've been playing on it the whole season," he said.

      When asked why he came back before the injury was fully healed, Avery said,
      "It's more about trying to be a team player. You help the team as much as
      possible without, I guess, going overboard and ending your career."

      Avery said he got through the discomfort by "psyching" himself up,
      concentrating on drills ... "and then, painkillers, too."

      Avery doesn't think he made the injury worse by playing on it, and has been
      told by team doctors to stay off the hip for eight to 10 weeks once the
      season's over to let the hairline fracture finally heal.

      Even without the injury, Avery showed all the signs in late November and early
      December of hitting the wall. That's the time of year when most college seasons
      are finished.

      "People are right. They say the NFL season is long, and there's training camp,
      and you play more games (than college)," said Billy Devaney, the Rams'
      executive vice president of player personnel. "But it's beyond that.

      "Any senior preparing for the draft, they show up in August for their last year
      in college, go through all of camp, go through their college season. As soon as
      the college season is over, Avery was in the Senior Bowl. They're preparing for
      the (scouting) combine, individual workouts. The draft comes. You've got
      minicamps two weeks later, all the offseason workouts."

      And the NFL season starts. So except for about a three-week period from the end
      of spring practices to the start of training camp, NFL rookies are going nearly
      nonstop for a year and a half.

      "These kids — and I'm talking leaguewide — it is a marathon," Devaney said. "So
      they are really worn down."

      Keep in mind, Avery isn't the biggest wide receiver around, at 5-11, 184
      pounds, making it easier for him...
      -12-18-2008, 05:29 AM
    • Dominating D
      CBS post Avery makes early return
      by Dominating D
      From CBS:

      Donnie Avery, WR STL
      News: St. Louis Rams wide receiver Donnie Avery had been expected to miss up to the first two weeks of the season with a left foot stress fracture, but was back on the practice field Tuesday. "Like I tell my teammates, you know, I run fast but I heal faster," Avery joked after the workout at Rams Park, where he appeared on his way to a quick recovery. Avery was hurt during an Aug. 7 night scrimmage when a defensive back landed on his foot. After doing some individual drills Monday, Avery jumped into the team drills Tuesday.
      Analysis: Avery became the Rams' No. 1 receiver after Torry Holt left through free agency. He burst on the scene last year after being bothered early by a hip injury. His speed forced defenses to account for him, and he had 53 catches for 674 yards and three touchdowns. On Tuesday, it looked like Avery didn't miss a step. In working with the reserves during a red zone drill, Avery made a great catch in the corner of the end zone by leaping and stretching his arms to haul in the ball and then getting his feet down in bounds. "Yeah, my hands still work," Avery said. "My feet still work."
      -08-25-2009, 05:34 PM
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