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    Concussion forces Holt from game
    By Jim Thomas
    Of the Post-Dispatch
    Sunday, Nov. 14 2004

    The Rams rolled up a season-high 462 yards in offense Sunday against Seattle,
    but Torry Holt probably will be a bit foggy on the details this morning.

    Rocked by a ferocious hit from Seattle safety Terreal Bierria, Holt left the
    game midway through the first quarter and did not return.

    "There was never any question that he had a concussion," Rams coach Mike Martz
    said. "The only thing he didn't have was those little birds around his head.
    He's going to have a headache in the morning. He was kind of fun to talk to
    actually on the sideline."

    Seven Rams offensive plays into the game, Holt already had two receptions for
    32 yards. It looked like he was primed for a big day. But with 8 minutes 55
    seconds to play in the opening quarter, he was leveled by Bierria over the
    middle. The ball was jarred loose, falling incomplete, and Holt was down for a
    while before being helped off the field.

    Other than Holt, no one felt worse than quarterback Marc Bulger.

    "You hate to throw balls like that," Bulger said. "I had to wait an extra tick
    for a linebacker to clear. ... It just shows what courage Torry has to go up
    and try to get the ball and take that hit."

    Bulger spreads out

    Wide receiver Isaac Bruce led the Rams with seven catches for 104 yards, but
    Bulger spread the ball around Sunday. Ten Rams had at least one reception,
    including the first of the season by Mike Furrey, a forgotten man since the
    emergence of Shaun McDonald and Kevin Curtis.

    "With Torry going down, it's nice having a guy like Shaun step up, and Kevin
    getting better," Bulger said. "I don't think Mike Furrey's dressed pretty much
    the whole year, and he steps in and plays well. So there's some continuity, and
    we played with some urgency."

    Furrey, actually, has been active for eight of the Rams' nine games, but has
    been used almost exclusively on special teams.

    Faulk carries load

    Rams get the lead, Marshall Faulk runs out the clock in the closing minutes.
    That's been one of the trademarks of Rams offense in recent years, and it
    worked again Sunday against the Seahawks.

    "I just try to come in, in the top or the bottom of the ninth and get the three
    strikes," Faulk said.

    The Rams were clinging to a 20-12 lead with 6:02 to play when they took over on
    their 9-yard line following a Seattle punt. Faulk carried six times for 67
    yards on the drive, and also caught a 1-yard pass from Bulger. By the time Jeff
    Wilkins kicked a 23-yard field goal, making it a two-possession game at 23-12,
    only 26 seconds remained.

    T. Fisher plays
    through the pain

    Cornerback Travis Fisher left briefly late in the third quarter Sunday after
    absorbing a blow to the mouth, but returned and finished out the game.

    It was announced last week that Fisher had two front teeth pushed back in his
    mouth against New England. Turns out there was a lot more to the injury than
    that. Fisher said Sunday that he suffered a broken bone in his jaw against the
    Patriots, and needed surgery last Monday.

    "It takes a lot of heart," Fisher said. "I think half of the guys that are
    playing in the NFL, if they were to have this same injury I've got, they
    wouldn't have played. It says a lot about who I am."

    Pace's ejection is
    not a first

    Pace's third-quarter ejection Sunday was the second of his NFL career. He was
    tossed on Dec. 19, 1999, in a game against the New York Giants, after scuffling
    with defensive tackle George Williams.

    Keeping the Rams Nation Talking