Tag:St. Louis Rams
Posted on: October 25, 2010 8:15 pm

S-Jax has finger surgery, 'shouldn't miss a beat'

Posted by Will Brinson

Steven Jackson had a quickie finger surgery on Monday to repair a crack in his left hand ring finger.

Jackson, who had two pins inserted into the finger, apparently suffered the injury during St. Louis' loss to the Buccaneers, but didn't leave the game.

"He didn't think it was a big deal; he kept playing," coach Steve Spagnuolo said, via the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The star running back even let everyone know he was fine, via Twitter.

"It has been a busy day," Jackson tweeted. "Yes, I had surgery on my ring finger but I shouldn't miss a beat."

Considering that Jackson was able to tweet a message to fans, he's probably fine. After all, everyone knows you can't use Twitter without having two hands. No, but seriously, the team thinks he's fine and is "hopeful" that he can play Sunday when the Panthers visit.

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Posted on: October 25, 2010 4:27 pm

Hot Routes 10.25.10 Week 7 box score tidbits

Hot Routes

Posted by Andy Benoit

Yet another story lost in the Favre hoopla Sunday night: the Vikings finished with 196 yards rushing that game.

Randy Moss had just three catches Sunday, which was three more than Donald Driver. Driver’s streak of 133-straight games with a reception is over. (For what it’s worth, Drive was playing with a bum quad.)

Carson Palmer lost Sunday, but we’re guessing that his fantasy owners won. Palmer’s final numbers: 36/50 for 412 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. C. Palmer (US Presswire)

Jordan Shipley, in his first game back since suffering a concussion after T.J. Ward’s vicious and dirty hit, caught six passes for 131 yards and a touchdown.

John Abraham caused some problems for the Bengals. It wasn’t an utterly dominant performance, but Abraham recorded two sacks Sunday and consistently pushed the pocket.

The Bears were just 2/10 on third down against the Redskins. That means they had three times as many turnovers as third down conversions.

Ryan Torain ripped off 125 yards on 21 carries. The Bears were playing without injured outside linebacker Lance Briggs (ankle).

Bears guard Chris Williams finally got off the snide, catching his first pass of the season for a gain of four yards. (Without seeing the play, the guess here is that the ball was either tipped, or Cutler was remarkably errant on an attempted smoke screen to DeAngelo Hall.)

Albert Haynesworth was a menace for most of the afternoon. He finished with a sack and two tackles for a loss.

The Titans won despite getting just 66 yards out of Chris Johnson’s 24 rushing attempts.

Jeremy Maclin was targeted 14 times but finished with just five catches for 42 yards.

The Chiefs gashed the Jaguars for 236 yards on the ground. At one point, Thomas Jones ripped off a 70-yard run and Jamaal Charles came in and punched in the goal-line score.

Dwayne Bowe scored two touchdowns for a second week in a row.

For the Jaguars, some guy named Courtney Greene started at safety and led the team with 12 tackles. (Because Greene started at safety, we’ll assume this means he’s about to be cut.)

It took Big Ben all of two games to get back into 300-yard passing form. Roethlisberger threw for 302 yards against the Dolphins.

The Steelers held Ronnie Brown to 14 yards on nine carries.

The official box score lists the Steelers have having four fumbles, with two lost and one recovered. That leaves one fumble unaccounted for. Does anyone, by chance, know what happened there?

Colt McCoy won his second start as a pro, but he contributed only 74 yards through the air in doing so.

Peyton Hillis rushed for 69 yards, which was enough by one yards to beat out punter Reggie Hodges to be the Browns’ leading rusher Sunday.

Saints safety Darren Sharper had two tackles in his first action of the season.

Scott Fujita returned to New Orleans and posted 11 tackles, a sack, two tackles for a loss, an interception and a pass deflection.

The Rams scored 17 points in the second quarter at Tampa but zero in the other three quarters.

LeGarrette Blount headlined the Bucs backfield with 11 carries for 72 yards. Cadillac Williams, who caught Josh Freeman’s winning touchdown pass, had just 12 yards on four carries.

Matt Moore was 28/41 for 308 yards, two touchdowns and an interception (which, granted, was an ugly one returned by Ray McDonald for six points). All in all, that’s a mountain-moving quarterbacking performance for the Panthers.

Steve Smith had four catches for 50 yards in his first game back from an ankle injury (which he tweaked in the third quarter, by the way), but it was David Gettis who wore the receiver hat for the Panthers. The sixth-round rookie had eight receptions, 125 yards and two touchdowns.

Joe Flacco was just 16/31 against the Bills, but he did throw three touchdowns and no interceptions. None of those TD’s went to T.J. Houshmandzadeh. The former Pro Bowler was targeted just twice and finished with no catches.

Steve Johnson and Lee Evans both went over 100 yards for the Bills.

Ray Lewis: 15 tackles, one sack, one huge fumble force and recovery.

Max Hall and Derek Anderson combined for 12/33 passing

The Cardinals lost four fumbles at Seattle.

The Raiders pretty much embarrassed the Broncos in every statistical way imaginable.

Four the Patriots 15 first downs Sunday were a result of a Chargers penalty.

San Diego rushed for a measly 38 yards on 19 attempts.

Journeyman Antwan Barnes posted two tackles for a loss and two sacks for the Chargers.

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Posted on: October 24, 2010 1:58 pm

Steven Jackson breaks Dickerson's STL record

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Earlier this month, we told you how Rams RB Steven Jackson had passed Marshall Faulk to move into second place on the team’s all-time rushing list. Now, after rushing for three yards and a first down on a second and short in the second quarter of today's Buccaneers game, he has surpassed all-time leader Eric Dickerson’s 7,245-yard mark.

Jackson, like usual, has produced for St. Louis this season. In the past two games coming into today, he’s combined to rush for 223 yards, and he’s past the halfway mark to the 1,000-yard mark. The only difference this year is that Rams actually are winning games this year.

More than breaking the club record for rushing yards, the fact St. Louis has begun to turn around its organization has to be awfully fulfilling for one of the more underappreciated players in the league.

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Posted on: October 22, 2010 11:52 am
Edited on: October 22, 2010 3:07 pm

NFL Week 7 Podcast Preview

Posted by Will Brinson

The NFL's Week 7 might be the most parity filled of the entire season -- there are nine games with a three-point spread, and in case you didn't notice, there have been a lot of close games and there are a lot of teams in contention (more on that later).

Andy and I break down the action with our weekly Friday run-through, asking the big questions, like, will James Harrison retire before he gets to lay wood on the Dolphins? Are the Redskins and Bears respective defenses good enough to carry a pair of clearly flawed offenses? 

Just how uncanny are the quarterback similarities between Philadelphia and Tennessee right now? What the what -- both the Buccaneers and Rams have a shot at being over .500 through seven week? OHMYGOD SEATTLE AND ARIZONA TOO? Can the Chargers beat the Patriots by 25 points like they have the rest of their opponents at home? And will this be the most Favre drama we've ever seen? All that and much, much more.

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Posted on: October 16, 2010 12:11 pm
Edited on: October 16, 2010 7:38 pm

Week 6 injury news and analysis, part I

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Dolphins at Packers

The most-important player on either team’s injury report is Packers LB Clay Matthews and his bum hamstring. He’s listed as doubtful, which is pretty terrible news for Green Bay. After he missed much of the second half of last week’s game against the Redskins, the Packers defense was nowhere near the same (it’s actually pretty amazing how much worse the defense looked without Matthews). As a result, Washington completed its come-from-behind victory in overtime. Matthews will work out before the game, but he’s not likely to play.

The Packers defensive line also might not be as strong. DE Ryan Pickett (ankle) and DE Mike Neal (shoulder) are questionable. Also, OT Mark Tauscher, who didn’t practice all week, is doubtful. If he can’t play, his spot, once again, will be filled by rookie Bryan Bulaga – who had a couple false-start penalties and allowed a sack in his debut last week but did an OK job otherwise.

Oh yeah, QB Aaron Rodgers, coming off a concussion, is probable.

For the Dolphins, rookie Jared Odrick (questionable) has been out since Week 1 with an ankle injury.  Miami hopes it can play him on at least a part-time basis this weekend. LB Channing Crowder (groin) and OT Jake Long (knee) are probable.

Chargers at Rams

San Diego RB Ryan Mathews played last week, racking up 59 yards on nine carries (a week after carrying nine times for 55 yards), but he wasn’t the lead RB. That honor went to Mike Tolbert, as Mathews continued to recover from an ankle injury suffered in Week 2. And although he’s still on the injury report – he’s probable – reports out of San Diego say Mathews could reclaim his No. 1 RB role.

Chargers rookie LB Brandon Siler has been out since Week 1 with a knee injury. But for those looking for a comeback this week, keep on looking. He is doubtful to play, along with WR Legedu Naanee (hamstring).

The Rams should be relatively healthy. Although they feature 13 players on their injury report, all but four of them are probable. LB David Vobora is questionable with a hamstring, and LB Chris Chamberlain (toe) is out.

Ravens at Patriots

New England RB Fred Taylor, for the second-straight game, is out with a toe injury. That means BenJarvus Green-Ellis will be the feature back with Sammy Morris and Danny Woodhead taking a few of the carries. Green-Ellis, it should be noted, has done pretty well in Taylor’s absence, combining for 174 yards and two touchdowns on 32 carries.

Also, QB Tom Brady is probable with hurt feelings (you know, the whole Justin Bieber freelance rap thing). Just kidding. He’s actually probable with a right shoulder. CB Terrence Wheatley (foot) is probable to make his season debut.

Ravens DT Haloti Ngata is questionable with a sprained MCL. It’s doubly unfortunate for Baltimore, because he hurt himself in a fourth-and-goal situation when he was playing offense. Entering this week, he has 29 tackles and two sacks and is having one heck of a season. DE Paul Kruger (knee) is doubtful, but he practiced on a limited basis Thursday and Friday. That’s potentially a good sign for Week 7.

Browns at Steelers

As you know, QBs Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace – both with ankle injuries – are doubtful and most likely won’t play. That will leave rookie Colt McCoy to face the Steelers fourth-ranked defense all by himself. It’d be nice for McCoy if RB Peyton Hillis, questionable with a thigh, could play, and it sounds like Hillis wants to be in there. I imagine he probably will. DE Shaun Rogers (ankle, hip) also is questionable.

The only player on the Steelers injury report is OG Trai Essex, who’s doubtful with an ankle. RG Doug Legursky, who has played well in Essex’s absence, will take his place once again.

UPDATE (7:37 p.m.): The Browns have announced that Wallace has been downgraded to "out."

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Posted on: October 15, 2010 3:41 pm

Hot Routes 10.15.10 (insert TGIF cliché here)

Hot Routes

Posted by Andy Benoit

Mary Garrard told Jaguars offensive coaches that they need to call more plays that allow her husband to use his mobility.

Conveniently, here is another story about an important woman in the life of another mobile AFC South quarterback who, like Garrard, is playing on Monday.

The Falcons are getting exactly what we thought they’d get in Dunta Robinson: a top cover corner who doesn’t make interceptions but improves an entire secondary.

Thanks to the Mark Clayton injury, confident (cocky?) Rams rookie Mardy Gilyard will get a chance to shine.

Deuce Lutui is not as fat as he once was.

The Bills offensive line may actually get worse in the next few weeks. Veteran right tackle Cornell Green is going to miss some time with a knee that has been problematic since late summer. Rookie Cord Howard relieved Green late against Jacksonville last week.

Ron Greene of the Charlotte Observer points out that the Panthers will go a week without a loss…thanks to the bye.

Linebacker Brian Iwuh is prepared to start Sunday for the Bears if Pro Bowler Lance Briggs (sprained ankle) is unable to go.

The Broncos want fans to get in on the fun when the team wears its orange jerseys against the Jets this Sunday. (Yes, those orange jerseys that should probably replace the blue jerseys because, let’s face it, the orange looks 10 times better.)

Mike Ditka has zero sympathy for Jenn Sterger in this whole sordid affair.

Just a formality, but Nick Barnett was placed on I.R. (Also, the Packers brought back DE Mike Montgomery.)

Why can’t more sportswriters have this kind of humility? Props to Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times.

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Posted on: October 15, 2010 11:47 am
Edited on: October 15, 2010 11:49 am

Week 6 NFL Podcast Preview

Posted by Will Brinson

It's the return of Ben Roethlisberger, and, conveniently, also the return of Andy and I previewing the weekly NFL games. (Although, in fairness, we never actually left, but still, you get the point.)

We ask the tough questions and find even tougher answers -- will Big Ben's presence change the Steelers offense? Who would you rather have to start a franchise: Sam Bradford, Philip Rivers, Eli Manning or Matthew Stafford? Can the Bucs upend the defending champions and what does Brees:Andy's TVs::Freeman:Brinson's TVs mean??? What happens when talented mediocrity smashes itself together as Dallas and Minnesota face off? Answers to all those questions and much, much more.

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Posted on: October 11, 2010 5:06 pm

F&R NFL Approval Matrix Week 5

Posted by Will Brinson

Our affinity for graphs and charts and purty pictures knows no bounds, so (with a nod to the smartypants at NY Mag), we present our first-ever NFL approval matrix. Suggestions, complaints and intellecutual property lawsuits may be directed to us on Twitter (@CBSSportsNFL).

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