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Rams News And Notes

Some St. Louis Rams tidbits from Jim Thomas over at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

  • To a large degree, Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo liked what he saw from rookie quarterback Keith Null on Sunday against the Houston Texans.”We do think he did make progress,” Spagnuolo said. “Keith will probably joke about it, but it was one interception instead of five. The command in the huddle was better. Everything was better. He was more comfortable. The game slowed down for him. Now, there’s some other things he still knows he’s got to get better at.”

    But Spagnuolo wouldn’t commit to Null as his starting quarterback for the final two games, much less Sunday’s road game against the playoff-bound Arizona Cardinals.

             “I would probably wait to see what happens on Wednesday, with practice and health and where we’re at,” Spagnuolo said. “You just keep  talking about it and keep looking at it; you’ve got to consider everything.”

             The only viable alternative is Kyle Boller, who was suffering from a thigh injury and illness last week.

             “I still feel a little tired, kind of weak, but I have definitely gotten better,” Boller told reporters after Sunday’s 16-13 loss to Houston.  “Hopefully, the health will continue (to get better) the next few days.”

  • Tight end Daniels Fells was placed on the injured reserve list Monday after suffering what Spagnuolo described as a fracture “in the end of his thigh. That’s the best way for me to describe it in layman’s terms. And he also has a little bit of a ligament sprain in there.” Fells suffered the injury on a five-yard reception late in the first quarter against Houston. It was thought that Fells had suffered a hyperextended knee, but further examination revealed the fracture. He finishes the season with 21 catches for 273 yards and three touchdowns. Only Donnie Avery (five) and Steven Jackson (four) have scored more touchdowns this season for St. Louis.
  • The Rams filled Fells’ roster spot by claiming defensive end James Wyche off waivers from Jacksonville. Wyche, 6 feet 5 and 279 pounds, was cut by the Jaguars on Saturday. He was a seventh-round draft pick by Jacksonville in 2006, out of Syracuse. Injuries sidelined him for all of 2007 (groin) and ’08 (knee); he has played in only two NFL regular-season games — both earlier this month — and has recorded one tackle.
  • Cornerback Quincy Butler suffered what looks like a season-ending injury in the first quarter against Houston. An MRI exam showed he has a sprained left knee. But he also has a high ankle sprain on the same leg. “So that’s probably more of an issue than the knee right now,” Spagnuolo said.Although quarterback Marc Bulger is trying to work his way off crutches, he won’t play again this season because of his fractured shin bone. The same holds true for offensive tackle Jason Smith (concussion). So, the Rams basically have three roster spots to play with if they decide to place Butler, Bulger and Smith on IR.

    Cornerback Ron Bartell (bruised hip) and John Greco (thumb) also came out of the Houston game with injuries, but both are expected to play this week.

    Defensive end Leonard Little (knee infection) remains iffy.

    “It’s still an open wound, and until that closes, he won’t be able to go,” Spagnuolo said.


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