Next stop Canton? If not for a Hall Of Fame induction, then perhaps to deliver a stern warning to Stark County’s many sex offenders? Either way, today’s news surrounding Marshall Faulk is very, very sad (especially if he’s on your keeper team). From the Belleville News Democrat’s Steve Korte.
Running back Marshall Faulk will miss the entire 2006 season, and he could be facing long odds of ever again playing for the St. Louis Rams as he’s tentatively scheduled to undergo reconstructive knee surgery next week.
“When your legs start to go, that’s a big concern for any athlete, especially a running back,” Rams coach Scott Linehan said. “The reality of the situation is that he probably won’t available for us this season, and he has to come to terms with whether he is going continue trying to play.”
The 33-year-old Faulk had arthroscopic surgery on both knees this part winter, but one of the knees didn’t respond as well as hoped.
Faulk didn’t attend the Rams’ mandatory minicamp in June because his knee wasn’t healthy enough to allow him to participate.
The Rams must decide whether to place Faulk on the active or inactive Physically-Unable-To-Perform (PUP) lists or injured reserve.
The Rams could save $2 million on the salary cap if they release Faulk, but Linehan said that wasn’t an option.
“Because it’s Marshall,” Linehan said of the reason for keeping Faulk on the roster. “Some guys earn that. I believe he’s one of them.”
The loss of Faulk leaves the Rams short-handed at running back behind starter Steven Jackson.
I don’t know if they’re still cracking jokes on ESPN Radio about T.O.’s book being outsold by Rob Neyer’s latest, but Donovan McNabb’s “children’s book” jibe really leaves me cold. Those Lemony Snicket books are supposed to be really good. I’ve not read them, but, y’know, people have said. And what about “Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret”? That’s a children’s book, and a fine one, too. I recommend it to McNabb, T.O., Rush Limbaugh, Andy Reid and most urgently, to Philly Boy Roy Ziegler.