Tag:Ron Bartell
Posted on: September 13, 2011 4:26 pm
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Rams CB Ron Bartell confirms season is over

"My goal is to play again," Rams cornerback Ron Bartell said. "I'm fully prepared to play again. I'm approaching it as such that I will play again." (US PRESSWIRE)
Posted by Ryan Wilson

It took just 60 minutes, plenty of sloppy football and a season's worth of injuries to dash the hopes of a promising 2011 campaign for the Rams, who missed the playoffs and the NFC West Division title by just one game a year ago. In their Week 1 matchup against the Eagles, St. Louis didn't just lose on the scoreboard. Gone for the season are wide receiver Danny Amendola and Tuesday cornerback Ron Bartell joined him on injured reserve after suffering a fractured bone in his lower neck.

"My goal is to play again," he told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Tuesday. "I'm fully prepared to play again. I'm approaching it as such that I will play again." Bartell added: "There's absolutely no way I could come back and play this year. It takes time just for the bone to heal."

In addition to Amendola and Bartell, running back Steven Jackson could missed the Monday night game against the Giants with a quadriceps injury, franchise quarterback Sam Bradford bruised his right index finger (good news: he plans to play this week), and according so the Associated Press, cornerback Bradley Fletcher has a sprained toe that might limit him, and offensive tackle Jason Smith has a sprained left ankle. The team had feared Smith, the second overall pick of the 2009 draft, had a high ankle sprain which would have sidelined him for as long as a month.

"There's a lot there, no question," Spagnuolo said Monday. "Nobody's going to bury their head in the sand, and we're not going to go away. We didn't envision beginning like that and we certainly didn't envision losing all these guys. …

The Post-Dispatch's Bernie Miklasz echoes Spagnuolo's sentiments, writing that injuries aren't an excuse.

"Only one game into the season, and the Rams are hurting. And it's a shame. By now you're aware of the injuries suffered in the 31-13 loss to the Eagles. It's a long list. But it's important to recognize something: it's OK to feel sorry for the Rams, but no one else will. Not their opponents, not the fans of other teams, not the rivals in the NFC West, not the coaches who are studying video to find ways to attack the Rams' new weaknesses. And the injury excuse won't hold up."

Exactly. Good teams find a way to win with backups, and if the Rams want to get back to the postseason, that's what they'll have to do. First up: seeing what veteran cornerback Al Harris has left in the tank because he'll see a lot more playing time now that Bartell is on the shelf for the year.

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Posted on: September 11, 2011 4:31 pm
Edited on: September 11, 2011 5:06 pm
 

Rams lose Bradford, Amendola, Jackson

S. Bradford suffered a finger injury vs. Philadelphia (AP).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

UPDATED 4:58 p.m. ET: According to Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post Dispatch, the injury to Sam Bradford's finger is a good-news, bad-news situation.

Writes Miklasz: "Bradford's injury right index finger. X ray: no break. But some numbness; next an MRI. Spags said might be a 'nerve' issue in finger."

Said Bradford after the game: "(It's) not painful, but I don't have the motion (in finger) that I want to right now."

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It was not a good day for the Rams.

In the midst of getting dominated by the Eagles 31-13, St. Louis lost its top receiver (possibly for the year), its top running back and, worst of all, its former No. 1 pick quarterback.

You already knew that running back Steven Jackson left the game with a right quadriceps injury, but in the second half, receiver Danny Amendola -- who led the team with 85 catches last year and had five for 45 yards today -- dislocated his elbow and Sam Bradford had to leave the game to get a finger on his right hand X-rayed.

We don’t know the extent of Bradford’s injury, but the loss of Amendola could be costly. His injury leaves the rest of his season in serious doubt and means Brandon Gibson and Mike Sims-Walker will become the go-to receivers for whoever is playing quarterback.

To make matters just a little bit worse, cornerback Ron Bartell also was lost to injury.

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Posted on: December 30, 2010 4:26 pm
 

NFL Key Matchup Wk 17: Seahawks O vs. Rams D

Posted by Andy Benoit

This week’s Key Matchup looks at two teams that most people know very little about. We don’t have a choice, really – the NFL stuck by its word and put the game with the most significant playoff implications in primetime Sunday night. Thus, America is getting introduced to the 2010 Rams and the 2010 Seahawks this week. Combined, these teams have as many wins as the 2010 Patriots.

First thing to know about the Seahawks: they can’t run the ball. Their 85.5 yards per game on the ground ranks dead last in the NFL. Some thought the early season trade for Marshawn Lynch would spearhead the ground game. But those who thought that clearly hadn’t watched Lynch closely the past few years. The former first-round pick is not an explosive breakaway runner, and though he fights through tacklers with tremendous tenacity, he doesn’t have enough power to be considered a thumper. J. Laurinaitis (US Presswire)These limitations aren’t a major issue for an NFL runner, unless that NFL runner lacks vision and patience – which Lynch does.

Backup Justin Forsett is one of the hardest players in the game to tackle, but the Seahawks coaching staff insists he is built to only be a third-down back. Still, with this being a make-or-break game, don’t be surprised if quick, slippery Forsett gets a bulk of the carries.

With Seattle unable to run, Matt Hasselbeck’s status for this game is all the more crucial. Hasselbeck, at this point, can probably be considered a true “questionable” with a left hip strain. If the stakes weren’t so high, he’d likely be doubtful. But a gimpy Hasselbeck is superior to a healthy Charlie Whitehurst, as a gimpy Hasselbeck at least has the trust of play-caller Jeremy Bates (Bates recently called Hasselbeck the team’s “best player on offense”.)

Prior to the season, one figured that any team in football would be able to throw at will against this St. Louis secondary. Cornerbacks Ron Bartell and Bradley Fletcher are better in zone than man (this is a polite way of saying they’re average). And strong safety Craig Dahl doesn’t have the greatest range (he’d be a special teamer for most clubs).

But the Rams have mustered a fairly respectable 21st-ranked pass defense, thanks to a surprisingly effective pass-rush, highlighted by a front line that, like the Titans of ’09, constantly features four solid player but boasts no star. Former No. 2 overall pick Chris Long has been near star status, thanks to his career-high 8.5 sacks. But Long’s damage comes from his motor more than his athleticism. Guys like that are difficult to play against but not nightmarish to gameplan for. Nevertheless, Long will be a major test for rookie left tackle Russell Okung, who is playing with an ankle that is not 100 percent. Veterans James Hall and Fred Robbins have also been major surprises for Steve Spagnuolo’s unit.

Finally, no player is more important to the Rams’ defense than James Laurinaitis. The second-year linebacker has dispelled the notion that he lacks the range and lateral agility to patrol the middle in coverage. A year ago, such criticism was accurate. But Laurinaitis has drastically improved his recognition, which has made him a more explosive player. If the Rams choose to dedicate his services to primarily stopping tight end John Carlson on Sunday, the Seahawks will have no choice but to try to win via the big play from their wide receivers. If that’s the case, the issue becomes whether Seattle’s front five can keep that potent Rams front four at bay.

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Posted on: August 3, 2010 11:00 pm
 

Costly injury for the Rams

If there is one position the already-fleckless Rams can’t afford to downgrade, it’s cornerback. But a downgrade now seems inevitable. Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that cornerback Ron Bartell suffered what appears to be a significant right ankle injury today. The results of Bartell’s X-rays are not yet known.

Bartell is a veteran corner who struggles in man coverage, but he at least gives St. Louis’s secondary genuine NFL experience. The starter opposite him, Bradley Fletcher, is a second-year player coming off a serious knee injury. Replacing Bartell will either be journeyman Kevin Dockery (who is familiar with Steve Spagnuolo’s defensive scheme) or third-round rookie Jerome Murphy (who was drafted primarily to cover the slot). The Rams also have last year’s starter, Justin King, on the roster.

--Andy Benoit 

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