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Rams Ask for Ticket Extension

Posted by nickwagoner on September 30, 2010 – 7:03 PM

- The Rams are close enough to the requirements for a sellout for Sunday’s game against Seattle that they have asked the NFL for an extension to get the necessary tickets sold to reach the mark.

- With some help from corporate sponsors, the Rams are close enough that they are hopeful they will get enough tickets sold to meet the league’s requirements and have Sunday’s game broadcast locally on KTVI-Fox 2.

- Tickets are still available and can be purchased right here at stlouisrams.com or by calling 314-RAMS-TIX.


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No Thursday Practice for Jackson, Atogwe

Posted by nickwagoner on September 30, 2010 – 7:01 PM

- The Rams just finished their Thursday workout and there wasn’t much to report in the way of change as far as injuries go.

- Coach Steve Spagnuolo was pleased with the way his team practiced Thursday, even after a power outage at the Russell Training Center earlier in the morning altered the schedule slightly.

- RB Steven Jackson and S Oshiomogho Atogwe did not practice for the second day in a row as they recover from groin and thigh injuries, respectively. Spagnuolo said he was hopeful that maybe they could do some work in Friday’s practice but would take the wait and see approach with both.

- That said, Spagnuolo also emphasized that there’s no hard and fast rule for players having to practice to play. As many might recall, Jackson didn’t practice the final month of the 2009 season and played in all but one contest.

- Nothing new on DT Clifton Ryan. His migraine issues are still being worked out.

- WR Laurent Robinson (foot) and S Darian Stewart (hamstring) were also held out of the practice. It’s possible they could return for practice Friday as well.

- TE Michael Hoomanawanui (ankle), TE Billy  Bajema (knee), LB Chris Chamberlain (knee) and DT Darell Scott (ankle) are status quo and did not practice.

- S Craig Dahl continues to make strides and looks like he’ll be ready to go against the Seahawks. He’d start in Atogwe’s spot if Atogwe can’t go.

- LB David Vobora continues to get work with the first team defense, much like he did in last week’s game against Washington. He and Larry Grant could continue to have a timeshare at the weakside linebacker spot.


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Rams Working Through Injuries

Posted by nickwagoner on September 29, 2010 – 8:23 PM

- The Rams got back to work on Wednesday and began on field preparation for Sunday’s game against Seattle.

- On the injury front, there wasn’t much new to report. As expected, RB Steven Jackson was held out because of his groin injury. Spagnuolo indicated that Jackson was “improved” from earlier in the week but the Rams will continue to play it day to day with the goal of having him ready to play on Sunday regardless of practice reps this week.

- S Oshiomogho Atogwe also sat out the practice as his thigh injury continues to be a nuisance. The Rams will take a similar approach to Atogwe as Jackson in hopes of having him Sunday.

- WR Laurent Robinson (foot) and S Darian Stewart (hamstring) were also held out of the practice and are day to day.

- DT Clifton Ryan still hasn’t been cleared to go as he waits for word on his migraine headaches. Spagnuolo said doctors are still trying to figure out the root of the issue before Ryan is ready to return.

- TE Michael Hoomanawanui (ankle), TE Billy  Bajema (knee), LB Chris Chamberlain (knee) and DT Darell Scott (ankle) are status quo and did not practice.

- On the bright side, safety Craig Dahl was cleared from his concussion issues and returned to practice. He is still on a no contact order for practice but did most of the reps as the Rams don’t have a ton of contact in Wednesday drills. Dahl is wearing a visor to help protect him from brightness issues with the sun.

- RB Keith Toston made it through practice with his banged up shoulder and looked to be just fine.

- New addition RB Chauncey Washington also took part in his first practice and said he is adjusting to a different offense. He will be expected to contribute on special teams right away, though. He’s wearing No. 33, for the record.

- The Rams also officially brought back CB Kevin Dockery and placed CB Marquis Johnson on the practice squad. Dockery appears to be back to health from his previous hamstring injury.

- Indications are that John Greco will continue to work in at guard this week against the Seahawks. The Rams got a jolt from Greco, particularly in the running game against the Redskins. For his part, he says he’s happy to be healthy and contributing to the team in any way possible.

- Back tomorrow with notes from Thursday’s practice. As always, thanks for taking a look.


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Rams Add RB Washington

Posted by nickwagoner on September 28, 2010 – 4:50 PM

- The Rams moved swiftly to add depth at running back because of the uncertain status of starter Steven Jackson, signing RB Chauncey Washington off the Jets’ practice squad Tuesday afternoon.

- Washington will provide depth and should fit in on special teams right away. The Rams will move WR Dominique Curry to the injured reserve list to create the roster spot for Washington.

- Washington started his NFL career with Jacksonville where he was a seventh-round pick in 2008. He played in six games for the Jaguars as a rookie with most of that work on special teams.

- He went back and forth between the active roster and practice squad in Dallas last season before the Jets poached him from the Cowboys’ practice squad late in the year.

- In his limited time in the NFL, Washington has four carries for 9 yards, a catch for 9 more yards and four special teams tackles.

- Fans of the HBO show “Hard Knocks” might recognize Washington from the praise he earned from coach Rex Ryan during the series. At one point, Ryan awarded Washington a game ball for his work in the preseason.

- For the Rams, Washington will likely work in with backups Kenneth Darby and Keith Toston until Jackson is able to return. Washington should be able to help on special teams right away and could get more reps should Toston’s shoulder injury hold him out.

- The Rams are also expected to make another roster move Tuesday, bringing back CB Kevin Dockery and releasing Marquis Johnson, who will presumably head back to the practice squad.


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Wrapping Up Washington

Posted by nickwagoner on September 27, 2010 – 8:23 PM

- Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo just did his weekly reflection on the Rams’ victory yesterday against Washington and remains proud of his team’s efforts but also is clearly ready to get to work on this week and the Seahawks.

- Before delving into some of Spagnuolo’s thoughts, let’s get to the injury updates.

- First and foremost, RB Steven Jackson’s MRI came back with good news. He does NOT have a torn groin. It’s being called a strain and it’s apparently pretty mild. Jackson, on his Twitter feed (@sj39) earlier today said he was walking “pretty cool” and was feeling OK. The Rams will not rush him back but there is at least a possibility he could play this week. He’s being called day to day and the Rams will see how he’s feeling on Wednesday before throwing him into a practice.

- S Oshiomogho Atogwe aggravated his already ailing thigh injury when he was the victim of an illegal crackback block from Washington’s Santana Moss. Atogwe came out on the play and did not return to the game. Spagnuolo says the Rams are “hopeful” that he’ll be able to go this week but like Jackson, Atogwe will be closely monitored the rest of the week.

- The most serious of the injuries, as expected, was the torn ACL which was confirmed for WR Dominique Curry on Monday morning. He is out for the year and will be placed on injured reserve.

- S Craig Dahl did his exertion test Monday morning as he recovers from his concussion. He is expected to meet with an independent doctor on Tuesday morning and could be cleared in time for practice Wednesday. Even if that’s the case, though, Spagnuolo says he won’t be able to participate in contact drills Wednesday.

- DT Clifton Ryan is still dealing with his migraine issues but the Rams and Ryan remain optimistic that he’ll be cleared and ready to go this week.

- TE Billy Bajema (knee), LB Chris Chamberlain (foot), TE Michael Hoomanawanui (ankle) and WR Laurent Robinson (foot) are progressing as expected. Only Robinson would seem to have a chance to return this week but they are progressing toward getting back.

- On the bumps and bruises side of things, S Darian Stewart has a hamstring injury and will be day to day. RB Keith Toston has a shoulder sprain but played through it and will likely be OK to go this week. Fullback Mike Karney has a thumb injury that might need to be wrapped but he should be fine as well. DT Gary Gibson had an ankle issue but it wasn’t even serious enough for it to be listed on today’s report.

- As for the game, Spagnuolo made it a point, again, to thank the fans who showed up and created a raucous atmosphere. He also wanted to recognize the staff and players for their work in the game.

- That said, Spagnuolo was also clearly in the mood to move on to the next game and begin preparations for Seattle.

- Although the Rams got the win and did plenty of good things, Spagnuolo cited a few areas he wants to see cleaned up immediately: blocked field goals, penalties and fumbles.

- Spagnuolo, as usual, held himself accountable in saying that he needed to do a better job of clock management at the end of the first half. He was not pleased with himself for burning a timeout too early near the goal line because he wanted to keep the ball out of the hands of Donovan McNabb.

- The Rams will continue to scour for help at running back. They worked out Kevin Jones last week and took a look at Justin Fargas back in the preseason but have not brought anyone in. If Jackson is unable to go, the Rams will need another back to help provide some depth this week. The Rams will have a roster spot as Curry goes to I.R.

- It’s likely that CB Kevin Dockery will be brought back to the fold in the next day or so after he was released late last week.

- What Spagnuolo really wants to see this week is his team handle prosperity. While the victory could very well be great for confidence, it also could work against the Rams. That’s something Spagnuolo warned against on Monday:
“That could go one way or the other. I am hoping the guys handle it right. It’s a little bit of a confidence builder but if we are going to do this thing right, we forget about it and move on to the next game. You’ve heard me say this before after losses but it doesn’t matter whether you win or lose, the approach is exactly the same.”

- Spagnuolo always finds a way to keep it even keel and he expects his team to do the same as they prepare for the Seahawks.

- I mentioned last night that John Greco stepped in at guard at times for Adam Goldberg yesterday and the Rams seemed to have some success running behind him in the second half. Spagnuolo indicated Monday that could well continue this week as the Rams work on developing their depth further.

- That will do it for this week’s version of Wrapping Up. Be sure to get your questions in for tomorrow’s chat where we’ll chop it up about the Rams’ win and what’s to come this week. Thanks for reading.


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Total Team Effort Leads to Win

Posted by nickwagoner on September 27, 2010 – 12:57 AM

- When the Rams jumped out to a 14-0 first quarter lead and promptly gave it back with a series of miscues in a second quarter in which nearly everything that could go awry did, the instant reaction of many had to be ‘Here we go again.’ But after two weeks of near misses, the Rams had enough of that old feeling and they surged to a win in a second half performance that was by far their most complete and could nearly be described as dominant.

- I’ll get to the particulars of all of that in a moment but let’s hit the injuries first.

- Clearly, the groin injury to RB Steven Jackson is the most concerning. He was pulled apart at the bottom of the pile in a second quarter collision and did not return to the game after testing it at halftime. Early indications are that there is no tear in the groin and that Jackson should be able to recover fairly quickly if that is indeed the case. Jackson will have an MRI to determine its severity in the morning.

- WR Dominique Curry doesn’t appear to be as fortunate. He suffered a knee injury that is believed to be a torn ACL. If that’s the case, he will miss the rest of the season. That hasn’t been determined fully yet and Curry will also be looked at further this evening.

- Safety Oshiomogho Atogwe battled a quad injury all week and it never loosened up though he played early in the game. He came out and did not finish the game. He’ll be monitored day to day.

- RB Keith Toston (shoulder), S Darian Stewart (quad) and DT Gary Gibson (ankle) suffered what appeared to be minor bumps and bruises though more information on those will be available tomorrow.

- As for the game, what can you say? It was like a movie that started with a great action scene, bogged down by bad acting and writing in the middle and ended with a terrific plot twist. After two weeks of near misses, the Rams learned how to win by falling short.

- In some ways, winning in this manner rather than by jumping to a lead and holding on to it will be better for the long term confidence of this football team. Not that beggars can choosers when it comes to winning but finding a way to get it done when things started turning against them could do wonders for a team as young and inexperienced as this one.

- Jackson gave the Rams a huge lift in the first quarter with his touchdown run. A thing of beauty and anyone wondering if his burst is still there shouldn’t wonder anymore.

- Kenneth Darby had his finest career performance and looked quick and decisive in replacing Jackson. What a lift he gave the Rams. And it should be noted that Toston fought for some hard yards as well.

- QB Sam Bradford is growing up right before our eyes. Tremendously poised and confident performance, especially in the second half when Jackson was out of the game. Some terrific throws and he made all of the right decisions.

- What a pickup WR Mark Clayton has been. He just makes play after play after play. It’s early but so far the deal for him looks like nothing less than a steal.

- Danny Amendola might be the toughest player in the league pound for pound. He finds a new way to get hit, spun around or body slammed every week and he pops right back up and makes another play.

- Nice job by TE Daniel Fells as well. He fought for some big extra yards after the catch and did a nice job blocking.

- Which, of course, leads me to my player of the game for this week: the offensive line. That group absolutely took over and imposed its will in the second half. John Greco worked in some at right guard, flopping in and out with Adam Goldberg and he added some punch in the running game. That’s the type of performance of a jelling offensive line.

- On the other side of the ball, it was a total defensive performance. Great work by that entire unit but a few plaudits are in order.

- He hasn’t quite been able to close the deal for a sack by DE Chris Long is regularly getting in the backfield and putting pressure on the quarterback. He did it again on Sunday.

- Cornerbacks Ron Bartell and Bradley Fletcher have been consistently good in coverage. Congrats to Fletcher on his first career interception.

- MLB James Laurinaitis was all over the place. He was a tackling machine as usual and was good in coverage, including a nice pass breakup in the first half.

- Some nice defensive statistics that made a big difference: the Redskins were 1-of-10 on third downs and 0-for-3 in the red zone. The Rams defense held their third straight opponent to 17 points or less. You can win a lot of games in the NFL with that type of production.

- Center Jason Brown awarded the game ball to coach Steve Spagnuolo for sticking with his team through thick and thin. Much deserved for the Rams’ leader.

- That’ll do it for tonight, Rams fans. The team has been given a “Victory Monday” and will be off tomorrow. But we’ll be here to put a bow on this one and wrap it up before moving on to Seattle week preparation. Have a good night and enjoy the win everybody.


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Rams Ready for Redskins

Posted by nickwagoner on September 24, 2010 – 6:39 PM

- The Rams just wrapped up their Friday practice and along with it their final preparations for Sunday’s game against Washington at the Edward Jones Dome.

- On the injury front, the picture cleared up a bit Friday and there were no real surprises.

- Officially listed as out are TE Michael Hoomanawanui, LB Chris Chamberlain, DT Darell Scott and TE Billy Bajema.

- On the doubtful list are WR Laurent Robinson, DT Clifton Ryan and S Craig Dahl. None are expected to be able to play Sunday.

- Dahl came to work Friday still feeling symptoms from his concussion so the Rams did not do an exertion test. It’s highly unlikely he’ll play. James Butler will start in his place at strong safety.

- Ryan continues to gather information on his migraine headache issues. Coach Steve Spagnuolo said he’s unsure if it’s something more involved than that but that is the reason Ryan continues to get opinions.

- Assuming Ryan can’t play, the Rams will have to make a roster move as starters Gary Gibson and Fred Robbins are the only healthy tackles on the roster. Most likely, rookie Jermelle Cudjo will move to the varsity. He got plenty of reps in Friday’s practice.

- Robinson was in a walking boot on Friday and appears to be having more troubles than first realized. With him out of the lineup, the Rams will have Brandon Gibson active and he, along with Mardy Gilyard, figure more prominently in the offense this week for the first time.

- DE Eugene Sims missed the practice because of a family matter but he’s expected to return in time for Sunday’s game.

- On the bright side of the injury coin, the Rams appear to be much healthier at cornerback. Justin King is good to go and Kevin Dockery is probable to also be available. That gives the Rams their full cache of corners for this game. Marquis Johnson remains up as well and will serve as an emergency safety as well.

- Tight end Daniel Fells did more in practice as the week went on and it looks like he’ll be ready to go against the Redskins. That means rookie Fendi Onobun won’t likely be too involved in the offense. Still, the Rams will likely find a few plays here and there in which to involve Onobun.

- That’ll do it for today. The Rams and Redskins kick it off at 3:05 Sunday at the Edward Jones Dome.


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Rams-Redskins will be Televised

Posted by nickwagoner on September 24, 2010 – 3:14 PM

- The Rams announced late Thursday that their game Sunday against the Washington Redskins will be televised locally as they met the requirements of a sellout.

- The game is set for a 3:05 p.m. kickoff and will be on KTVI-Fox 2 in St. Louis.

- A limited number of tickets can still be purchased here at stlouisrams.com or by calling 314-RAMS-TIX.


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Rams Coming Up With Contingencies

Posted by nickwagoner on September 23, 2010 – 7:37 PM

- The Rams just wrapped up their Thursday afternoon workout and spent part of the time working on contingency plans because of the injuries they’ve suffered according to coach Steve Spagnuolo.

- On the injury front, not much changed for Thursday’s practice but the Rams are still awaiting word on safety Craig Dahl and defensive tackle Clifton Ryan, neither of whom practiced Thursday.

- Dahl did the “exertion” test on Wednesday and though Spagnuolo thought there were no complications initially, he said Thursday that Dahl actually had a few lingering issues. Dahl was held out Thursday because he must wait a full 24 hours before he can do the exertion test again. He will likely take it again Friday and if he passes that would need to pass the test with an independent doctor on Saturday to play Sunday.

- Ryan was gone from practice meeting with a specialist about his migraine headache issues. No word on whether he’ll be cleared though all parties remain optimistic. Spagnuolo said Ryan could still play this weekend if he’s cleared.

- TE Daniel Fells and CB Kevin Dockery returned to practice in a limited capacity and both could be making strides toward playing against the Redskins.

- WR Laurent Robinson did not practice again as he continues to struggle with a foot injury. It appears more and more that he might not be ready to go this weekend and in that case that Brandon Gibson will active and involved in the offense against Washington.

- RB Steven Jackson and S Oshiomogho Atogwe were also limited again but both are expected to be fine for Sunday.

- With all of the injuries, especially at a few spots, Spagnuolo said there were some things put in place to ensure the Rams are prepared for anything come Sunday…
“What we did today a little bit was, we have a situation here at some positions – tight end, safety – where some of the younger guys are taking a lot of reps with the scout team and the offense and defense. So we kind of did it at full speed and then at a little bit of a jog through. We are trying to be smart about it yet getting ready to play a football game.”

- Spagnuolo said he hopes to get another good crowd much like the one at the season opener against Arizona on Sunday when the Redskins come to town.
“I do think our guys get some juice out of that. I do think it helps. I know it’s greatly appreciated. I’m hoping we get the same thing and then what I am really praying for when I get down on my knees is the reward will be given back to the fans for being out there.”

- The Rams wrap up the week of practice tomorrow with red zone and short yardage work. Thanks for reading.


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Rams Begin Redskins Prep

Posted by nickwagoner on September 22, 2010 – 8:27 PM

- The Rams were back on the practice field Wednesday for the first time since playing the Raiders on Sunday. And again, the Rams were a bit short handed in the Wednesday workout as they have a variety of injured players on the sideline.

- One quick roster note, the Rams added QB Thaddeus Lewis to the practice squad and he was back on the field Wednesday. Lewis was released to make room for CB Marquis Johnson last week. Because of the injuries up and down the roster, the Rams need every spot possible so carrying a third signal caller didn’t make sense.

- As for the injuries, here’s the list of those who did not practice Wednesday: DT Clifton Ryan (migraines), DT Darell Scott (knee),  CB Kevin Dockery (hamstring), TE Billy Bajema (knee), TE Daniel Fells (knee), S Craig Dahl (concussion), LB Chris Chamberlain (foot) and TE Michael Hoomanawanui (ankle). S Oshiomogho Atogwe (thigh), RB Steven Jackson (knee), WR Laurent Robinson (foot)  and LT Rodger Saffold (back) were all limited in the practice.

- Out of that group, Bajema, Hoomanawanui, Chamberlain and Scott will definitely not play this week.  Dockery, Fells, Ryan and Robinson will be monitored daily the rest of the week.

- Ryan had a second opinion on his migraines and was awaiting the results though indications coming back are positive that he should be cleared to go this week.

- Clearly, the Rams are working without much depth at a few positions right now, namely defensive tackle and tight end. With Fells, Bajema and Hoomanawanui on the sidelines, the Rams used Fendi Onobun and Darcy Johnson exclusively at the position throughout the workout. At tackle, that left the Rams with starters Gary Gibson and Fred Robbins as well as practice squadder Jermelle Cudjo.

- The plan for this week might have to be adjusted depending on how well some of those players come along. On the defensive line, the Rams could be OK because of coach Steve Spagnuolo’s penchant for using defensive ends at tackle in passing situations. If Ryan can’t go, though, it would stand to reason that Cudjo could be moved back up to the varsity.

- At tight end, Onobun is still a ways away according to Spagnuolo but it looks like he’ll get his opportunity unless Fells can go.

- Spagnuolo also indicated that WR Mardy Gilyard will indeed have an expanded role in the offense this week. Signs are pointing toward the same for fellow WR Brandon Gibson, though some of that will depend on Robinson’s availability this weekend.

- The Rams will get back to work Thursday afternoon. Thanks for reading.


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