Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Ailing Rams to Be Pups in Dog Days

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Ailing Rams to Be Pups in Dog Days

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Defensive end Robert Young, wide receiver/tight end Lovell Pinkney, and offensive tackle Jackie Slater may end up on the Rams' physically unable to perform (PUP) list because of injuries they have heading into training camp, coach Rich Brooks said.

Young, the team's sack leader last season (with 6 1/2), suffered a torn chest muscle in a swimming pool mishap at his home in Mississippi.

"We hope he'll get back into practice in about three weeks or a month," Brooks said Thursday. "Certainly he should be healthy and ready to go by our (regular-season) opener. But it's a significant injury."

Pinkney, a promising rookie from the University of Texas, is recovering from a stress fracture in his foot.

"He'll probably go into training camp on the physically unable to perform list, and we'll just have to wait and see how that foot comes along," Brooks said. "I'd assume that Robert Young would go in that same category. We'll have to see with Jackie Slater - we'll have to check his elbow again and see where that is."

Slater, preparing for his 20th National Football League season, underwent offseason elbow surgery.

Designation to the PUP list is not as ominous as it may sound. Players can be designated for the PUP list if they fail the team physical. They can be taken off the PUP list at any time, unlike designation to the injured reserve list, which means a player is out for the season.

A PUP designation helps a coaching staff fight the numbers game in training camp. A player on the PUP list does not have to count toward a team's active roster, which is at 80 players entering camp then trimmed to 60 on Aug. 22 and 53 on Aug. 27.

Brooks is expecting every other signed player to be on the field next week. Two-a-days begin Monday for rookies. Veterans are required to report Thursday, but most will be on hand Monday. …

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