Rams Report - Aug, 21
|St. Louis Rams' Frank Garcia, left, and Cameron Spikes ride on a cart following practice at training camp Saturday, July 27, 2002, in Macomb, Ill. (AP Photo/James A. Finley) |
A collection of nuggets as the Rams prepare to play the Chargers Thursday night ...
- Cameron Spikes needs to start playing and playing well to solidify a spot on the 53-man roster. Spikes is currently considerd the fourth tackle, and coach Mike Martz is pleased with the play of guard Heath Irwin and rookie Travis Scott.
- Newly acquired tackle Grant Williams will play the second half Thursday night at left tackle. John St. Clair will play the entire game at right tackle and will probably do the same in the preseason finale against Kansas City.
"He's learning to play, and the only way you learn to play is ... to play," Martz said.
- Linebacker Tommy Polley has a bruised shoulder and will not play Thursday night. However, he could play if this was a regular season game.
- Safety Steve Bellisari, who strained the posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee Friday night against the Bears, practiced Thursday wearing a brace and did limited work. Bear in mind, the Rams were not in full pads, just helmets and shells. However, Bellisari said he felt good and hopes to play against the Chargers.
Originally, it was reported that Bellisari would be out 3-4 weeks, but trainer Jim Anderson said the timetable was closer to 2-3 weeks. "And that's what it will probably end up being," Anderson said, implying that Bellisari would not play Thursday.
- Wide receiver Francis St. Paul is slated to return punts and kickoffs against San Diego. He was also running with the first unit in some team drills Thursday, so this could be his shot to see if he has any chance of making the roster.
- Two years ago, the Rams were interested in defensive end Erik Flowers in the draft, but he went to Buffalo, five picks before the Rams selected in the first round. Monday, the disappointing Flowers was placed on waivers by the Bills, and the Rams put in a claim.
So did six other teams: Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Philadelphia, San Francisco. Flowers was assigned to the expansion Texans, as they get first priority on all players placed on waivers.