August 21, 1991 |
Tackle Gerald Perry, who injured a muscle behind his right knee on Aug. 1 and has not played in an exhibition, re-injured the same knee in practice and was taken off the field on a golf cart. Perry suffered a slight knee sprain, according to a Ram spokesman. Perry will not play in Thursday's exhibition against Houston in Memphis, Tenn. Perry, who is competing for the starting left tackle spot, was acquired in the draft-day trade that sent Gaston Green and a No. 4 pick to the Denver Broncos.
August 16, 1987 |
The Rams ran out of left tackles Saturday when Duval Love, the starter in place of holdout Irv Pankey, suffered ligament damage in his right knee during morning practice. He is expected to miss at least a month. Love, in his third year out of UCLA, was admitted to Centinela Hospital Medical Center in Inglewood Saturday night and will be examined further by Dr. Clarence Shields before a decision is made on what type of surgery is necessary.
August 9, 1991 |
A few days after Coach John Robinson stressed that the team needed him in camp as soon as possible, center Tom Newberry reached a tentative contract agreement with the Rams on Thursday. Newberry, who missed 23 days of training camp, told Robinson he would fly west from his home in Miami either Thursday night or this morning. Either way, Robinson was happy he will be getting Newberry into the fold and snapping the football. "We need him in there," Robinson said. "It's important.
June 12, 1990 |
Five Ram players were among 202 passengers aboard an Air Jamaica charter that experienced severe turbulence over the Atlantic Ocean Saturday on a flight from Montego Bay, Jamaica, to Los Angeles. Eleven people were injured after the DC-8 dropped an estimated 400 feet after hitting an updraft about an hour after departure. None of the Rams were seriously hurt.
July 24, 1988 |
Punter Dale Hatcher hadn't taken his first snap in training camp Friday morning when his left knee popped during a routine agility drill. Just an old college injury, Hatcher said, nothing much to worry about. Oh? Saturday, the Rams were definitely worried after Hatcher underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair cartilage damage in the knee. He is expected to be out about eight weeks, which takes him out of the Sept. 4 opener against the Green Bay Packers, maybe longer.
July 22, 1989 |
The holdout of free-agent tailback Greg Bell, thought to be a foregone conclusion, was all but made official Friday after a 3 1/2-hour meeting between Bell's agent and Ram management. "At this point, it's inevitable that training camp will start and Greg won't be there," said Steve Feldman, who represents Bell. Feldman's meeting with general counsel Jay Zygmunt began with high hopes but ended with nothing resolved. Feldman represents four of the team's eight unsigned veteran free agents.
August 31, 1990 |
The Rams, beset by injuries and no-shows, will play tonight's final exhibition game against the Washington Redskins at RFK Stadium only because the league demands it. In truth, Coach John Robinson can hardly bear to take the field these days insomuch as the following players can't: Mel Owens, Fred Strickland, Darryl Henley, Henry Ellard, Aaron Cox, Flipper Anderson, Robert Cox, Irv Pankey, Cleveland Gary, Tim Stallworth, Tony Lomack. Did he leave anyone out?
December 21, 1988 |
Now that the Ram regular season, an odd mixture of feast and famine, is complete, I thought it only right to have an awards banquet. Since there's not much of an actual budget for food (Domino's was closed) or trophies (seen one, you've seen them all), let's get right to the presentation ceremony. Beginning with . . . Most Valuable Player I'll give you a hint: It's not quarterback Jim Everett. Or running back Greg Bell. Or wide receiver Henry Ellard. Or cornerback Jerry Gray.
December 16, 1985 |
David Hill, one of the biggest bruisers on the Ram offensive line, was wondering out loud Sunday what Santa Claus might bring this year for Christmas. Hill's Santa wears goggles and runs the 40-yard dash in about four seconds. He runs like Dancer, Prancer and Blitzen all rolled into one. He goes by the name Eric Dickerson, most of the year. Two years ago, Hill was a good blocking tight end when Dickerson gave Hill and the offensive line Rolex watches.
July 28, 1987 |
Pro Bowl cornerback LeRoy Irvin, claiming to be the latest victim of Rams red tape, pleaded his case Monday in the form of a good old-fashioned training camp holdout. Yes, another Ram holdout to put on the mantle next to Henry Ellard, Irv Pankey, Mike Lansford and draft choice Donald Evans. The hitch here is that Irvin is actually signed to a contract, which makes him absent without an excuse. But it's clear Irvin is unhappy about the contract extension he signed in the off-season.