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  • The impact of injuries

    There is little question that the Rams have been heavily hit by injuries this year.

    Just off the top of my head:

    Injured Reserve
    Brooks Foster
    Brad Fletcher
    Laurent Robinson
    Keenan Burton
    Adam Carriker
    O.J. Atogwe
    Gary Gibson
    Jacob Bell (probably will be placed)

    Missed Multiple Games
    Marc Bulger
    Richie Incognito
    Jason Smith
    James Butler

    Missed Time/Played Through Injuries
    Steven Jackson
    Donnie Avery
    Jason Brown
    Mike Karney
    Leonard Little
    Ron Bartell
    Kyle Boller
    Chris Long

    I think that, more than anything, these injuries have prevented the Rams from showing real progression. How can the offense succeed when there is a different starting 5 on the O line every week? How can a defense come together as a unit when parts are changed each game?

    Injuries are an NFL reality, and can't be used as an excuse. However, given that the Rams clearly did not have a weath of talent coming into this year, there really was no chance that this team could survive the number of injures suffered during this season.

    Let's hope our luck changes next year, and that the depth improves to allow the team to succeed despite normal attrition.

  • #2
    Re: The impact of injuries

    After 3 years of being one of the most injury-laden teams in the NFL, I'm becoming less convinced that we're simply "unlucky" and starting to wonder if there's something else going on. Hopefully next season proves me wrong.


    • #3
      Re: The impact of injuries

      Didnt someone suggest that the turf in the dome caused more injuries? Any thruth to that?


      • #4
        Re: The impact of injuries

        You beat me to it Avenger.

        I would add that any evaluation or grading of the performance of this team, coach and front office to this point is essentially an "imcomplete". There is no way to make a "fair" evaluation giving what has been transpiring.

        There has also been some players gone through selective attrition by the staff in an attempt to remake and rejuvinate this team.

        Pace, Holt, Witherspoon, Tinoisamoa, Draft to name a few. Granted injuries aren't something you can count on or plan, and these releases or tradings are intentional, they still represent a loss to the team in the immediate.

        This team had issues before this coach and front office got here. It's gonna take time to get things going in the right direction. Anything short of a minimum of two season just isn't "fair" in evaluating this team

        I just hope they maintain some dignity through the remainder of this season.
        Semper Fi!


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          The Rams have been in a canyon-sized rut these last three seasons, with a 6-40 record since the start of 2007. Perhaps it's not surprising then, that the team is in an injury rut as well.

          All teams have injuries, but the Rams continue to have more than most. And try as they might under first-year head coach Steve Spagnuolo, they couldn't bring those numbers down this season. In fact, the basic numbers are strikingly similar in all three seasons, according to a Post-Dispatch analysis:

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          — This season, it's 12 players on IR, 27 players out at least one game with injury, and 154 games missed with injury. The 2009 numbers will go up from there because the season's not over.

          The '09 Rams very easily could have 14 or 15 players on injured reserve because quarterback Marc Bulger (fractured shine bone) and offensive tackle Jason Smith (concussion) won't play again this season. They already have been ruled out for Sunday's game at Arizona. Cornerback Quincy Butler (ankle) also could be done for the season; he also has been ruled out of the Arizona game.

          "This has been a crazy year once again as far as injuries and infections and the flu bug going around," defensive end Leonard Little said.

          Speaking of which, Little will miss his second consecutive game Sunday because of a knee infection.

          "But as a football player, you can't worry about it," Little said. "You've just got to keep trying to win games."

          Easier said than done for a struggling team. Given their current talent base, it's hard enough for the Rams to win with a full roster. But when the injuries hit, it becomes double jeopardy because the Rams' depth isn't as good as that of more established teams.

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          To win in the NFL requires a lot of things working simultaneously in concert toward the achievement of the ultimate goal.

          Having the right players for the right scheme with the right coaches is a big part of that. But for as much as the big stuff matters, a certain amount of luck is always right at the center of the mix.

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          “We are researching it right now,” coach Steve Spagnuolo said. “We have to look at them all to see how they happen. Some of them are freak, we all know that. We need to study it. You always need to, but I think each case you have to take on an individual basis because it is a physical game, it is a contact game. I don’t know how you prevent one big guy from falling on another guy’s leg. I don’t know how you prevent that, but we will look at it.”

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          That year, the Rams only sent six players to injured reserve with only three of those players regular starters.

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          The Rams are 1-10 and racing toward 1-15, with little hope of actually winning another football game.

          If this team couldn’t beat the reeling Seahawks at home, then you can't expect it to beat anybody left on its schedule.

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          Four predominant factors are to blame:

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        • r8rh8rmike
          Rams Lucky Injuries Have Been Relatively Minor
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          Rams lucky injuries have been relatively minor

          by VanRam on Aug 19, 2009 1:17 PM CDT in 2009 preseason

          There's some good news on the injury front for the St. Louis Rams...good news for a change, huh, strange new feeling. Pardon me while I get used to it.

          You may have noticed PCarn's fanpost discussing the news about WR Donnie Avery and his desire for an early return. The boot is off his foot, but watch for the Rams to be extra cautious with their top receiver. A broken foot can slow a player, especially a receiver, even after his return.

          Via the Rams Twitter feed, Adam Carriker was running at practice today. The DT is recovering from an ankle injury and is expected to return next week.

          On the offensive line, Bell and Barron are both day-to-day. FB Mike Karney and S Craig Dahl are back in at practice and should play this week.

          Remember, the Rams have sustained freakish levels of injuries over the past three seasons. If you're playing the odds - and this is a much younger team - the meat wagon at Rams Park won't be as busy this year. The injuries to Bulger and Barron and Avery, etc. are concerning, but still kind of a dodged bullet, more easily chalked up to the pings and pangs of getting back into the game's physical grind, something no amount of offseason conditioning can account for.

          Some of these guys sitting out could probably play during the regular season, even Bulger said he would have tried to play with his pinkie if this were a regular season tilt. Be thankful the team is being cautious with their injured players.
          -08-19-2009, 03:54 PM