Balzer: Rams Notebook
Steven Jackson (Getty/Thearon W. Henderson)
Steven Jackson (Getty/Thearon W. Henderson)
GridIronGateway.com
Posted Oct 1, 2010
Howard Balzer


Rams running back Steven Jackson said Thursday he hasn’t watched the tape of the play in which he injured his groin last Sunday against the Redskins. On the play, Jackson’s right knee was on the ground when Washington defensive end Kedric Golston violently lifted up and pulled his left leg out, leading to a Grade 1 strain.

“I didn’t want to watch it,” Jackson said. “As bad as it hurt when it happened, everyone told me it looked just as bad.” He then laughed and said, “Maybe Has (Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett) sent a hitman after me.”

The Rams sent the tape to the league, and word will come Friday whether Golston was fined.

BROWN REMEMBERS

Every season when the Rams play the Seahawks, kicker Josh Brown reflects on his years in Seattle. Especially the 2006 season, when his last-second field goals beat the Rams in both games. One, of course, was a 54-yard bomb in the Edward Jones Dome. The Rams ended up 8-8 that season, and the Seahawks won the division with a 9-7 record.

One thing Brown noted was, “That season started for me the same way this one has, with some blocked field goals. I had three of my first five or three of my first six blocked. One, I think in the opener against Detroit was blocked by James Hall (now with the Rams). Then, I ended up having one of my best years.”

His memory is remarkable. In the season opener, Brown had his first two attempts of the season blocked: a 41-yard attempt in the first quarter by Shaun Rogers and a 53-yard attempt in the second quarter by, yes, Hall. He made his next three attempts in that game, then had his only attempt the next week from 30 yards against Arizona blocked by Calvin Pace. After those first two games, Brown made 22 of his next 25 attempts.

This season, he had a 34-yard attempt blocked in Week 1 against Arizona and a 21-yard attempt blocked last Sunday against Washington.

Looking toward this week’s game and the 10 consecutive games the Rams have lost to Seattle, Brown said, “I truly believe we are primed to have our best game. Ten’s a long run, but ten’s enough. It’s time for this team to recognize who it is and recognize that this is the biggest rivalry that we do have. But you have to win some to call it a rivalry. The ball’s in our court.

“We need to win a divisional game and we need to realize what a great opportunity we have here. We need a divisional win, but we need to continue to win, period. We need to continue to take steps to get better each week.”

Jackson and long snapper Chris Massey are the only current Rams that were with the team when the Rams last beat the Seahawks in 2004. In addition to that duo, there are only three other players on the roster that were with the Rams when they won their last division home game on Nov. 26, 2006, over San Francisco, 20-17: cornerback Ron Bartell, safety Oshiomogho Atogwe and guard Adam Goldberg.

Three other players joined the team in 2007, when the Rams won their last division game on Nov. 18, 2007, at San Francisco, 13-9: defensive end James Hall, defensive tackle Clifton Ryan and punter Donnie Jones.

At home, the last five losses to Seattle have been close, by a total of 26 points. Last year’s 10-point defeat is the largest.

THIS WEEK'S CAPTAINS

In addition to season-long captains Jackson and Atogwe, game captains this week are defensive tackle Fred Robbins and wide receiver/kick returner Danny Amendola.

Atogwe's quad injury was aggravated against the Redskins on a crackback block by wide receiver Santana Moss, for which he was penalized 15 yards. It's possible Moss will be fined. Rams safety Craig Dahl was fined $2,500 in the Oakland game for a chop block.

BREAST CANCER AWARENESS

Rams players and coaches will be participating Sunday and for the Oct. 17 game against San Diego in the league-wide breast cancer awareness initiative that will take place throughout the month of October.

At practice Friday, four players were wearing the specially designed, custom-made shoes that are pink and black: tight ends Darcy Johnson and Fendi Onobun, wide receiver Mardy Gilyard and defensive tackle Jermelle Cudjo.

Some 40 players have the shoes, but it is unknown how many will decide to wear them Sunday against Seattle. There will also be pink gloves and wristbands, and pink and white caps available to wear on the sideline. The captain’s uniform patches will also be pink.

Coaches are also expected to wear the caps, and their shirts will have a pin in the shape of the signature pink ribbon that has come to be associated with breast cancer awareness. Game balls will also be adorned with the ribbons.

To raise money, with a goal of $1 million, players will autograph jerseys and balls that will be sent to the league office and put online for auction on nfl.com. The Rams have already sent balls autographed by running back Steven Jackson and Sam Bradford.



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