Tag:Donnie Avery
Posted on: August 27, 2010 6:15 pm

Rams say Avery done for year; no QB starter yet

Posted by Will Brinson

Donnie Avery was carted off after hitting his knee on the turf while trying to make a catch during the Rams-Patriots preseason game on Thursday and we mentioned last night that reports were surfacing that Avery could be out for the year.

Turns out, the worst case news is now official -- the Rams' Twitter account announced the news via head coach Steve Spagnuolo.

"WR Donnie Avery has torn ACL, will wait a little for surgery. He's out for the season."

@OneRamsWay later tweeted that "A.J. Feeley out again this week. Spagnuolo says Bradford will start again."

They did add, though, that Bradford's time would be more limited than it was against the Patriots and that the team is "not ready to make a decision on a starting QB right now."

While Bradford's strong performance certainly helps make the potential decision to throw him into the fire easier, the loss of Avery also makes it a little bit harder (presuming, of course, that they want him to have the best available opportunity to succeed).

Provided that Bradford can play as well against the Ravens next Thursday as he did against the Rams, though, it's going to be pretty tough to keep him on the bench for what amounts to an easy opening slate for St. Louis.

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Posted on: August 26, 2010 11:19 pm

Report: Avery done for season?

Posted by Will Brinson

Donnie Avery suffered a nasty knee injury during Thursday night's game against the Patriots -- the lone downside to a game that showcased just how good Sam Bradford can really be.

Turns out, according to a report from Fox Sports' Adam Caplan, the injury could be much worse than expected, and Avery could miss the entire season .

Caplan cites a source that indicates Avery's "exact injury isn't known" but the "fear is he'll miss the entire 2010 season."

If the report's accurate, the Rams -- even with Bradford's potential -- are in trouble, as he's easily their top receiving threat.

Laurent Robinson and Mardy Gilyard are talented players, but the Rams aren't exactly loaded with wideouts who can step in and make a difference right away, making the possibility of losing Avery for the remainder of the year disastrous.

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Posted on: August 26, 2010 10:01 pm

QBs blowing up on Thursday night, Avery hurt

Posted by Will Brinson

We tweeted earlier wondering who would have the best numbers between Aaron Rodgers and Peyton Manning.

Rodgers won the battle (but not by much), throwing up a monster first half line, going 21/29 with 195 yards and 3 TDs. Manning wasn't exactly bad though, going 13/23 with 199 yards, 2 TDs and an interception.

Elsewhere (well, in New England, actually), Tom Brady and Sam Bradford are having a decent little night of their own.

Brady went 10/12 for 175 yards and 2 TDs including a 65-yard bomb to Randy Moss; Brady also "lost" a series when Brandon Tate took the opening kickoff 97 yards to the house.

Bradford, in what amounts to an audition for the Rams' starting job, looked superb while going 15/22 for 189 yards and 2 TDs. (Of course, ex-Duke guy Thaddeus Lewis had, as of this writing, ripped the Pats for 74 yards and a TD, so maybe it's a defensive thing.)

Bad news hit for the Rams, though, when Donnie Avery left on a cart after a nasty knee injury.

We'll keep you updated on that as we find out more.
Posted on: July 24, 2010 5:15 pm
Edited on: July 24, 2010 5:38 pm

Rams in 'serious pursuit' of Terrell Owens?

Suddenly, Terrell Owens it seems, is quite popular. With at least one team (and maybe a second!) anyway; according to multiple reports -- beginning with ESPN's Chris Mortensen and followed by Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio -- the St. Louis Rams are in "serious pursuit" of Owens' services.

Of course, the rumors that the Bengals are interested in Owens continue despite the fact that reports to the contrary have emerged from Cincy. (Quick caveat: this is the Bengals we're talking about, and Owens has caused trouble before, so ruling them out is technically almost impossible until he actually signs elsewhere.)

We addressed the plus/minus situation with the Bengals earlier: Upside is Carson Palmer's been working out with Owens and Ochocinco loves him, downside is forcing TO into a slot role, not to mention the old axiom of "not enough passes to go around."

The Rams would pose no such problems, with Donnie Avery currently occupying the No. 1 wide receiver role. However, they wouldn't fit with his desire to play for a contender and there would be some concerns about adding a potentially poisonous Owens to a young, rebuilding team that won't likely be competing for a playoff spot.

Then again, both Steve Spagnuolo and Pat Shurmer worked with Owens in Philadelphia, so maybe they believe that bringing in Owens would be a benefit to the team overall.

Update (5:34): Jason LaCanfora of NFL.com has a Rams source who "scoffed" at the report of the Rams' interest in Owens and called it "overzealous."

-- Will Brinson

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