Well it did not take long for the St. Louis Rams fans to receive bad news, even before training camp started. The Rams announced Tuesday that Orlando Pace will begin training camp on the physically unable to perform list (PUP). It has been almost a full calendar year since Orlando was hurt in the first game of the 2007 season, and he is still not even ready for training camp. In addition to the Pace news, the St. Louis Post Dispatch reported that Adam Carriker will be examined by team doctors shortly after they arrive in Wisconsin on Thursday. Leonard Little also coming off surgery is said to be ready for camp. With Leonard playing at least 8 games on turf in 2008 you have to wonder if the toe will be able to hold up. Heading into camp you have to be crossing your fingers a little bit at this point. Carriker and Little are 50% of our D-line. If Pace is unable to play Alex Barron becomes the Rams #1 Tackle again and we know how that story turns out.
Two Rams starters coming off shoulder surgeries — left tackle Orlando Pace and defensive lineman Adam Carriker — will be examined by team doctors shortly after they arrive in Wisconsin on Thursday.
“Carriker, we really believe he’s probably going to be cleared (for contact work),” Linehan said.
Linehan was a bit more cautious when it came to Pace.
“Orlando is in great shape,” Linehan said. “He has really worked and has got himself in a good spot. It’s a matter of what the docs say. I think they just want to see if he’s ready to take that next step as far as contact. Not to be overly cautious, but he’s had two bad-luck injuries two years in a row.”
According to Linehan, all of the other Rams coming off 2007 injuries/surgery — including defensive end Leonard Little — will be full-go on Friday.
Source: St. Louis Post Dispatch