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PRO FOOTBALL DAILY REPORT : RAMS : Chandler Hobbled by Ankle Sprain

November 15, 1994|MIKE REILLEY

Chris Chandler will remain the Rams' starting quarterback if his sprained left ankle allows him to play Sunday at San Francisco, Coach Chuck Knox said.

Chandler sprained the ankle in the second quarter of the 20-17 loss to the Raiders on Sunday when defensive tackle Chester McGlockton rolled across it on a sack. Chandler, who completed 10 of 11 passes for 171 yards before the injury, was replaced by Chris Miller.

Knox hopes to have Chandler ready to practice by Thursday, but said he will give Miller more work in practice this week in case he needs to start.

"It will be fine, but it's just a matter of when," Chandler said. "It doesn't stop it from being real frustrating, though. It seems like I've had a lot of guys hit me low this year.

"(McGlockton) was coming off a block, kind of crawling. He just made a jump and came right at my ankle.

"On film, it looked like the knee went. It was close."

Chandler sprained the same ankle in an 8-5 loss to Atlanta on Oct. 2 and was not ready to play the next week. Chandler said it took about three weeks to get the ankle back to full strength. The ankle was heavily wrapped Monday, and Chandler said he can't run on it or twist it without pain.

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Knox said game films show that officials missed three calls in the Raider game: An apparent interception by Darryl Henley that was ruled a drop; a trapped ball by Raider receiver Tim Brown in the fourth quarter that was ruled a catch, and a non-call on Raider receiver Rocket Ismail, who hit Henley in the facemask while getting open for a 10-yard touchdown catch.

Knox said the Rams will compile a video clip of the mistakes and send them to the league office, which they do every week.

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Knox expects right tackle Jackie Slater (torn triceps) and right guard Leo Goeas (sore abdomen) to be ready for the San Francisco game. . . . Running back Johnny Bailey, who missed the Raider game with a sore abdomen, is listed as doubtful. . . . Center Bern Brostek (broken right leg) is expected to be out another two to three weeks.

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