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Rams vs. Ravens: Running Blog

Posted by nickwagoner on August 30, 2012 – 9:51 PM

Fourth Quarter

– The Rams just added to their lead as Young GZ converted a 59-yard field goal to make it 31-10 Rams with 14:07 to go.

– The Rams got it back on a Quinton Pointer interception early in the fourth.

– Baltimore got on the board again as Painter hit receiver Deonte Thompson for an 11-yard touchdown to make it 31-17 Rams with 6:25 to play.

– That does it for the scoring.

– The Rams win it 31-17 to finish the preseason 2-2. Now, the real fun begins…

Third Quarter

– After a decent drive to open the quarter, Jenkins picked off a pass and returned it 76 yards for a touchdown. Like that, the Rams lead 28-0 with 13:22 to go in the third.

– Baltimore finally broke through with a touchdown as Curtis Painter hit former Rams TE Billy Bajema for a 7-yard touchdown pass to make it 28-7 Rams.

– The Rams went for a long field goal as Zuerlein just missed a 62-yard field goal to give it back to Baltimore at the Rams’ 48.

– Tucker hit a 49-yard field goal to make it 28-10 Rams with 1:13 to go in the third.

– At the end of three, the Rams lead 28-10.

Second Quarter

– Brockers does have a right ankle injury. His return is questionable, though extremely unlikely given the circumstances.

– The Rams got a stop and got it back at their 15.

– After some moving forward and back, Bradford hit TE Mike Hoomanawanui for a 9-yard touchdown and a 21-0 lead with 6:59 to go in the half.

– Baltimore starts again from its 19.

– The Rams defense got a three and out and took over at their 26.

– The backup offense entered the game, including Kellen Clemens at QB.

– It’s been all Pead all the time, as he carried four straight time to Baltimore’s 47.

– Two plays later, Clemens fired deep for Chris Givens, who drew a pass interference flag for a gain of 35 to Baltimore’s 8.

– Two runs netted just 2 yards to set up third-and-goal.

– Bradford’s final line: 11-of-16 for 175 yards with three touchdowns and no picks for a rating of 144.5.

– Clemens was intercepted by CB Danny Gorrer for a touchback and Baltimore gets it back at its 20.

– Backups in on defense save for Jenkins and Dahl.

– Justin Tucker is no Greg Zuerlein and missed from 57 yards out at the end of the half.

First Quarter

-The Rams won the toss and took over at their 25 after a solid return from Isaiah Pead.

– They got a quick first down on two carries by Jackson netting 13 yards.

– After a 3-yard loss by Pead, Bradford hit Brandon Gibson for a gain of 14 and a first down.

– Consecutive incompletions on the heels of a 5-yard run by Jackson ended the drive.

– Baltimore takes over at its 12.

– Tyrod Taylor at QB for the Ravens. He got Baltimore a first down with a long run to midfield.

– Bernard Pierce followed with a carry for 11 to the Rams’ 39.

– The Rams stuffed Baltimore on consecutive runs and forced a punt. St. Louis gets it back at its 6.

– For the record: Watkins did NOT start at right guard. Robert Turner got the opportunity and he is back with the starters on the second drive.

– Baltimore is using backups almost exclusively on both sides with just a starter or two mixed in.

– The Rams went nowhere on the first two downs before Bradford lofted a deep ball down the right sideline for WR Steve Smith.

– Smith appeared to be interfered with but it didn’t bother him as he dived for a 46-yard completion to Baltimore’s 48.

– Three plays later, Bradford hit TE Mike McNeil for 12 yards and a first down.

– Bradford checked down to FB Ovie Mughelli on the next play for a gain of 23 to Baltimore’s 13.

– After a run for a loss of 1, Bradford hit WR Austin Pettis who grabbed it and took it 14 yards for a touchdown and a 7-0 Rams lead with 3:02 to go in the first.

– Baltimore took over at its 17. On third-and-13, DE Robert Quinn broke through off the left edge for a sack, forcing a fumble by Taylor. He recovered at the 8. After a review, the play was confirmed.

– Rams take over at Baltimore’s 8.

– After a 1-yard run by Daryl Richardson, Bradford zipped one over the middle to Amendola, who grabbed it  and dived into the end zone for a 14-0 Rams lead with 54 seconds to go in the first.

– Baltimore starts again from its 23.

– On second down, DT Michael Brockers appeared to have his ankle rolled on. He stayed down and was helped off. Appears to be a right ankle issue but he was able to put weight on it as he walked off. Updates to come.

– At the end of the first quarter, the Rams lead 14-0.
Pregame Notes

– Greetings from the Edward Jones Dome where the Rams and Ravens are preparing for tonight’s final preseason tuneup.

– This one kicks off at 6 p.m. so be sure to tune in when you get a chance.

– As for the game, the Rams are expected to go with the bulk of the starters into the third quarter. Granted, they’ll likely see a lot of the Ravens backups but coach Jeff Fisher isn’t concerned with that so much as giving his starters an opportunity to get in rhythm and build toward the opener.

– It’s unknown how much Baltimore will play its starters.

– The Rams scratches for today: S Darian Stewart, G Harvey Dahl, TE Lance Kendricks, DE Eugene Sims and DT Darell Scott.

– Fisher has said he wants to look at his young players with the ones and he’s following through with Dahl’s replacement: Rokevious Watkins.

– The Ravens aren’t releasing any scratches but it’s expected they will sit a large chunk of their starters.

– Stay tuned for updates throughout.

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League Adopts New I.R., Trade Rules

Posted by nickwagoner on August 30, 2012 – 6:49 PM

– The NFL and NFLPA announced Tuesday afternoon that the sides have come to an agreement to adopt new rules for injured reserve and move back the trade deadline.

– Here is the release from the league:

The NFL Management Council and NFL Players Association have agreed to adopt 2012 Bylaw Proposals No. 2 and No. 6A, the NFL and NFLPA announced today.

Bylaw proposal No. 2 moves the trading deadline from Tuesday, October 16 – the Tuesday after Week 6 of the regular season – to Tuesday, October 30, the Tuesday after Week 8.

Bylaw proposal No. 6A permits clubs to re-activate one player from Reserve/Injured during the 2012 season, subject to certain restrictions. 

Since this rule is being adopted after the cutdown to 75 players, for 2012 only, the NFL and NFLPA have agreed to a transition procedure that permits clubs to return to their 53-player active list one player placed on Reserve/Injured since the start of preseason training camp.  This selection of that player must be made no later than 9:00 p.m. ET tomorrow, Friday, August 31.

Following the cutdown to 53 players, the new Reserve/Injured rule will work as follows:

1.    Only players with a “major injury” who are placed on Reserve/Injured after 4:00 p.m., New York time, on Tuesday, September 4, or thereafter during the season, will be eligible to be reactivated at a later time.

2.    A “major injury” is defined as an injury that renders the player unable to practice or play football for at least six weeks (42 calendar days) from the date of injury.

3.    Each team may reactivate only one player placed on Reserve/Injured after 4:00 p.m., New York time, on Tuesday, September 4.  That player must be “designated for return” at the time the club places him on Reserve/Injured, and such designation shall appear on that day’s Personnel Notice.

4.    Such player is eligible to return to practice if he has been on Reserve/Injured for at least six weeks from the date he is placed on Reserve.  He is eligible to return to the Active List if he has been on Reserve/Injured for at least eight weeks from the date he is placed on Reserve.

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Reminder: Thursday Night Game Starts at 6 p.m.

Posted by nickwagoner on August 30, 2012 – 5:05 PM

– Just a final reminder before tonight’s game against the Ravens: It starts at 6 p.m. That’s an hour earlier than originally scheduled and an hour earlier than your tickets say.

– The game can be seen on KTVI-Fox 2 and heard on 101 ESPN.

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