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St. Louis Rams Notes, Quotes 2008-10-21

St. Louis Rams Notes, Quotes 2008-10-21
--The most disconcerting development from the game was the quad injury suffered by RB Steven Jackson in the fourth quarter. Jackson rushed 25 times for 160 yards and scored three touchdowns, one a 56-yard gallop.

Appearing on Sirius NFL Radio, QB Marc Bulger said, "He was in quite a deal of pain in the locker room after the game, so I'd expect him to be out a couple of weeks. We'll see though."

However, Jackson said, "It is just a little bruise. We are going to do some more tests and have an MRI in the morning just to make sure. It is just a little tight, but I am able to walk and move it, so that is a good sign, they said."

On Monday, coach Jim Haslett said an MRI showed the injury was just a slight strain and that Jackson should be able to play against New England although he will be limited in practice.

Asked if he believes Jackson can have a full workload Sunday, Haslett said, "I would think so based on what I hear, but I will see how he feels Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday."

Jackson now has 508 rushing yards and 259 receiving yards in six games. For 16 games, the rushing yards project to 1,355 yards and the combined yards from scrimmage project to 2,045.

In some ways, the timing isn't bad because RB Antonio Pittman will return to practice on a full-time basis after missing three games because of a leg injury.

--Last week, Haslett made a point of talking about Bulger asserting his leadership on the team. He did it again Sunday, when asked about the play of Bulger, who completed 14 of 19 passes for 173 yards and one touchdown. His passer rating was 119.0.

Said Haslett, "I think Marc has really stepped up his game. More off the field than on the field, in the little areas that you don't see. He is kind of taking over the team, being the leader on offense. He is the guy that talks to the team on Saturday; he is kind of in command. If you think about when Marc took over, he came in and had Marshall Faulk, the two receivers (Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce) and a line that was together for five years and he was the young player.

"Now the roles are reversed, now he is the older guy and he has a bunch of younger guys, the line hasn't been together that long, young running backs. He has taken control of this football team, and I think he is doing a nice job."

When asked if he encouraged Bulger to take charge, Haslett said, "I encourage all the guys. That's my job."

--OG Richie Incognito said he has filed an appeal with the league over the $35,000 in fines he received last week, although he did say, "I understand fully what they're doing. They are trying to protect the integrity of the game."

Author:Fox Sports
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Added: October 21, 2008

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