Faulk again questionable for Rams

Posted: Tuesday, October 23, 2001

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Marshall Faulk might miss another game with a bruised right knee, and St. Louis Rams coach Mike Martz said it has nothing to do with Trung Canidate's brilliant starting debut.

Canidate had 195 yards rushing and 37 yards receiving in a 34-14 victory over the New York Jets on Sunday. He missed most of his rookie season with injuries.

''I feel relieved, but it doesn't change whether or not Marshall would be up,'' Martz said. ''You just can't do that.

''If Marshall's not fully ready to go, we've got so much of the season left we've got to do the right thing.''

Just like last Monday, the Rams say Faulk will be listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints. Martz said a decision would be made later in the week, but he doesn't expect Faulk, the NFL's MVP last year, to be ready.

''I wouldn't expect Marshall to be up for this game,'' he said.

Martz somewhat humorously accused the Jets of over-watering the field at the Meadowlands to slow down Canidate, who is faster than Faulk.

''It was awful wet and soggy and the footing was awful slippery and it was real muddy out there, so they probably got a downpour the day before or something,'' Martz said. ''It might have been just a cloudburst ... right over the Meadowlands.''

Defensive tackle Jeff Zgonina, who has a broken thumb, also likely will be out. Zgonina has already missed three games.

But offensive tackle Ryan Tucker, who has a broken left hand and separated shoulder, could return to action.

Tucker did not play against the Jets after getting beaten for four sacks by Michael Strahan of the New York Giants the previous week.

Tucker is wearing a new cast that allows him the use of his fingers.

Rod Jones got his first start in place of Tucker after first replacing him in the fourth quarter against the Giants.

''He kind of got a crash course in what we're doing,'' Martz said.

Fullback James Hodgins has turf toe, but Martz expects him to play.



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