Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Phillips Might Need Surgery on Knee

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Phillips Might Need Surgery on Knee

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Lawrence Phillips' first NFL season might be capped by a trip to the surgeon.

Because of a continuing bursa sac problem in his left knee, which causes fluid build-up, Phillips said he might need surgery next month.

Phillips rushed nine times for only 11 yards Saturday against New Orleans. "On Jan. 13, I'm going to come back (to St. Louis) to have a look at that. Then we'll see if they'll have to do surgery or not." Phillips said the knee has bothered him off and on since the Washington game Sept. 22. He played that game without knee pads and banged his left knee on the turf at the Trans World Dome. "It's been feeling pretty good as of late because we've been taking it easy in practice," Phillips said. "Hopefully, I won't have to have surgery." Phillips finished with a modest 632 yards rushing on 193 carries this season, or 5 yards less than Jerome Bettis rushed for last season in St. Louis. Were it not for the knee problems, Phillips probably could have tallied 800-900 yards. "Definitely," Phillips said. "Everybody was in the process of learning. Everybody was new. So we had a slow start, but we finished strong. "I like to play football, so I'm never glad when the season's over. Hopefully, we'll come back next year, get some things done and be in the playoffs." Percell's Place: Looking for playing time behind Roman Phifer is a little like searching for a Tickle Me Elmo doll. Good luck. "He's the Iron Man," said Phifer's understudy at outside linebacker, Percell Gaskins. "He hasn't missed a game in a century." But Phifer missed Saturday's season finale against New Orleans - snapping his string of 79 consecutive games played for the Rams. And that gave Gaskins, a rookie from Kansas State, his first NFL start. Gaskins responded in fine fashion, leading the team with 11 tackles according to unofficial press box stats. …

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