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Faulk to Be Out at Least a Month

September 23, 2003|From Associated Press

ST. LOUIS — It may be November before Marshall Faulk lines up again for the St. Louis Rams.

Faulk broke the bones that connect his pinkie and ring fingers to his left wrist when his hand struck a helmet early in the third quarter of the Rams' 24-23 loss at Seattle on Sunday. He'll be sidelined four to six weeks.

Faulk, who played in a career-low 10 games last season because of various injuries, also will undergo surgery for torn cartilage in his knee -- an injury that's been bothering him since training camp.

The hand will not require surgery, but doctors will not allow him to play wearing a soft cast.

"They're very, very firm about when he'll be able to come back and when he won't be able to come back," Coach Mike Martz said.

Second-year player Lamar Gordon, who finished the game at tailback, will start on Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals.

Faulk had 15 carries for 31 yards, and one reception for six yards, before leaving Sunday's game. This season, Faulk has 116 yards rushing for a 2.8 average with one touchdown, and 12 catches for 66 yards. He has had trouble getting outside both rushing and receiving.

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