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Bulger's shoulder feels good, will likely play

By wire services
Published October 16, 2004

ST. LOUIS - Rams quarterback Marc Bulger practiced Friday, having mostly recovered from the bruised shoulder he hurt in Sunday's overtime victory over the Seahawks.

Bulger, who threw for 325 yards and produced 17 points in the final six minutes of regulation, was listed as probable for Monday's game against the Bucs. Coach Mike Martz said he didn't know Bulger had been hurt until the day after the game.

"He needed to throw (Wednesday), and he said he felt great (Friday)," Martz said. "He's back to normal. I was very concerned originally, but there's no effect at all. He had all the zip."

Meanwhile, former Bucs defensive tackle Tyoka Jackson has not practiced all week due to a pulled left hamstring and said his chance of playing Monday was "less than 10 percent." Jackson was listed as doubtful.

"It's not at its best," Jackson said. "I'll tell you that."

If he can't play, rookie Anthony Hargrove likely would get more playing time on the line rotation.

Hargrove was St. Louis' third-round pick in April and was drafted as an end before getting work at right and left tackle.

"He's going to be just fine. He's going to be a real good player," Martz said. "The effort and the physical ability is there, so we've got to keep working with him."

Hargrove said he has struggled to grasp the playbook since being moved from right tackle to left tackle.

"I have to switch my whole mind-set," Hargrove said. "We were out there for the walkthrough, and I'm the only guy sweating. And it's because my mind is trying to put things together."

In addition, guard Scott Tercero likely will start again for Chris Dishman, who has missed the past two games with a hyperextended right knee. Dishman was questionable although he said the knee has improved, and he has been practicing.

"I feel quick and good," Dishman said. "But they're winning with Scott, so why make a change?"

Dolphins to start Fiedler

DAVIE - Dolphins quarterback Jay Fiedler said he will start Sunday at Buffalo despite missing practice time this week with a cracked rib.

Fiedler aggravated the injury Sunday in a 24-10 loss to New England and sat out the end of the game. He missed practice Wednesday but returned Thursday.

Also, Sammy Morris will become the fourth player to start at running back this season for the winless Dolphins, replacing Leonard Henry. Morris has been slowed by an ankle injury and concussion and limited to 8 yards on five carries.

JAGUARS: Starting defensive end Lionel Barnes will miss the rest of the season with a shoulder injury. Previously, Jacksonville lost starting defensive end Paul Spicer to a knee injury. To compensate, the Jaguars claimed defensive end Elton Patterson off Cincinnati's practice squad and signed him and re-signed defensive lineman Derrick Ransom, whom they cut Sept.5.

LIONS: Former Seminole and Bucs cornerback Martin Mayhew was promoted to assistant general manager. Mayhew, previously the senior vice president of football administration and legal affairs, will help coordinate the salary cap, contract negotiations and collective bargaining agreement issues. The Georgetown law graduate also will help on the team's legal affairs.

REDSKINS: Linebacker LaVar Arrington will miss Sunday's game against Chicago. He has missed the past three games after arthroscopic knee surgery but had expressed optimism after practicing this week.

Kicker John Hall also will sit out because of a strained right groin sustained Thursday during practice. The Redskins are expected to sign Ola Kimrin, who has never kicked in the regular season.

The Swede, who has played the past three seasons in NFL Europe, made all three field goals during training camp for Washington and made a 65-yarder during the 2002 preseason with the Broncos.

Also, starting cornerback Andre Lott and kick returner Chad Morton were downgraded from probable to questionable. Lott has missed the past two games with a hamstring injury, and Morton has been bothered by a sore knee.

SEAHAWKS: Punter Tom Rouen returned to practice but didn't perform well enough to persuade coach Mike Holmgren he will be ready for Sunday's game at New England. Rouen strained his right hamstring Sunday.

If Rouen doesn't play, Holmgren will decided between letting placekicker Josh Brown handle the punting or signing rookie Donnie Jones off the practice squad. Also, quarterback Matt Hasselbeck would hold on field goals and extra points.

OBITUARY: Tommy Kalmanir, a starting halfback on the 1951 Rams title team and former Raiders assistant, died of pneumonia. He was 78. Mr. Kalmanir played four seasons in the NFL, three with Los Angeles and one with Baltimore. He also was an assistant with the Raiders for three seasons.

[Last modified October 16, 2004, 01:01:20]


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