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Archive for Monday, October 14, 2002

Broken legs sideline Rams, Jags linemen

October 14, 2002

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The St. Louis Rams and Jacksonville Jaguars both lost offensive tackles to broken legs Sunday.

Left tackle Grant Williams was carted off the field during the second quarter of the Rams' 28-13 victory over Oakland. The team said he'll have surgery as early as Monday to repair his broken lower right leg and a dislocated right ankle.

Jacksonville right tackle Maurice Williams broke his right leg in the first half of the Jaguars' 23-14 loss at Tennessee.

Injuries have hit the Rams' offensive line hard. The 6-foot-7, 328-pound Williams was filling in for All-Pro left tackle Orlando Pace, who tore his left calf during practice on Sept. 25. Also, guard Adam Timmerman has played with a strained left knee, and tackle John St. Clair has had a strained hip flexor.

The Giants took a huge loss when defensive tackle Keith Hamilton tore his right Achilles' tendon in a 17-10 loss to Atlanta. He's out for the season.

Not only were Strahan and Hamilton injured on a 17-play, 88-yard touchdown drive by Atlanta, but so was safety Omar Stoutmire. He sprained a knee but returned.

Two quarterbacks Jacksonville's Mark Brunell and Carolina's Rodney Peete were knocked out of games because of concussions.

Brunell left in the first quarter of the Jags' 23-14 loss to Tennessee after getting hit near the sideline by cornerback Samari Rolle. Brunell returned on the next series and completed two passes before he had to leave again because of the pain.

Brunell said he plans on playing next week against Baltimore, but his concussion is worrisome because he had one just more than a year ago against Cleveland. And he said this one hurt worse.

Peete was hit after completing a pass late in the second quarter of the Panthers' 14-13 loss to Dallas. Coach John Fox said Peete would have an MRI exam today.

In the late game, Dolphins receiver Chris Chambers had a concussion.

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