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LB Josh Hull to Miss Rest of Season

Posted by nickwagoner on September 15, 2010 – 9:04 PM

– The initial diagnosis on rookie linebacker Josh Hull was better than what the final analysis was after it became clear this afternoon that he has a torn Anterior Cruciate Ligament.

– Hull suffered the injury early in the special teams period of this afternoon’s practice and was seen on crutches with a brace in the locker room later on.

– The injury will end Hull’s rookie season and he will be placed on injured reserve sooner than later.

– The Rams are working on bringing in another linebacker, likely former Giants LB Bryan Kehl, who was placed on waivers earlier in the week. More on that as it develops.

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Rams Begin Oakland Prep

Posted by nickwagoner on September 15, 2010 – 8:11 PM

– The Rams got back on the practice field Wednesday afternoon with a two-plus hour workout as they begin the process of preparing to play Oakland on Sunday at the Oakland Coliseum.

– First, a bit of business as the Rams made some roster moves late Tuesday, shuffling the practice squad and providing some depth at tight end.

– The Rams released DT Jermelle Cudjo and brought back tight end Darcy Johnson, who was with the team in training camp. Johnson was back on the practice field in his customary No. 87 on Wednesday afternoon. Cudjo is a candidate to go to the practice squad upon clearing waivers.

– Speaking of the practice squad, the Rams released RB Allen Patrick and WR Brandon McRae and brought in LB/FB Britt Miller and FB/TE Jamie McCoy. Clearly, the Rams are searching for insurance because of the injuries to TE Michael Hoomanawanui and LB Chris Chamberlain.

– Local fans might be familiar with Miller, who played his college ball at Illinois. He has been converted to a fullback but also can play linebacker and special teams as he did last year in San Francisco.

– No decision has been made yet on Chamberlain, who has a fractured toe and is expected to miss six to eight weeks. It’s possible he could still go on injured reserve but nothing appears imminent. Hoomanawanui is also expected to be out six to eight weeks.

– Wednesday’s practice represented a major shift in player participation as injuries hit the Rams fairly hard over the weekend. RB Steven Jackson (knee), WR Laurent Robinson (ankle), Hoomanawanui (ankle), Chamberlain (toe), CB Kevin Dockery (hamstring) and CB Justin King (hamstring) didn’t participate in the practice. Jackson and Robinson are expected to be OK but are being monitored on a day to day basis. Dockery isn’t likely to be ready to go but King still could bounce back.

– Additionally, LB Josh Hull suffered an MCL injury early in practice. He was on crutches with a brace afterward and Spagnuolo said he could miss some extended time.

– Clearly, the Rams will need to find some linebacker depth from somewhere in the next day or so.

– DT Fred Robbins has a lower leg injury and was limited. He’s expected to be fine.

– As for the work on the field, Brandon Gibson got more work with Robinson out as Amendola jumped into the slot. Spagnuolo says Gibson is making strides but will need to be a contributor on special teams to get a more regular role.

– Speaking of special teams, the three specialists – Josh Brown, Donnie Jones and Chris Massey – went to a local field to practice kicking on dirt because that’s what they’ll work on in Oakland.

– Spagnuolo said his team came out “hungry” on Wednesday but called the practice a bit sluggish.

– Spagnuolo also said that Amendola will continue his heavy workload but that Mardy Gilyard will continue working on kick returns.

– That’s it for today. Thanks for reading.

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