Brown boots 60-yard field goal for Rams

2011-08-14T00:15:00Z 2011-08-15T09:56:48Z Brown boots 60-yard field goal for RamsBY JIM THOMAS • jthomas@post-dispatch.com > 314-340-8197 stltoday.com

For Josh Brown, his 60-yard field goal to end the first half Saturday against Indianapolis was one for the scrapbook. Unfortunately, since it occurred in the preseason, it won't be one for the record book.

"If it'd only counted, right?" Brown joked.

The Rams' record for longest field goal in the regular season is a 57-yarder by Jeff Wilkins against Arizona in 1998. Brown's career best is a 58-yarder against Green Bay in 2003 when he was a member of the Seattle Seahawks.

On Saturday, when an errant pass from quarterback A.J. Feeley sailed out of bounds behind running back Jerious Norwood, just 2 seconds remained in the first half with the ball at the Colts' 42. With eight yards from the line of scrimmage to Donnie Jones' hold, plus the 10 yards to goalposts at the back of the end zone, it added up to 60 yards.

"It's good that the coaches see that I'm still capable of hitting the ball that long," Brown said. "I hit a lot this week over 60. Go figure. Because it's not something you practice very often. But we had a ‘deep day' (in practice) and everything was 50-plus, and it pays off to practice that once a week and have that stroke down."

After Feeley's incomplete pass, coach Steve Spagnuolo asked Brown if he wanted to try the 60-yarder.

"Absolutely," Brown replied. "Why wouldn't I? That's the thing, he said, ‘I can't say no when you're halfway out there.' Well, then I'll keep running."

Brown hit a low-trajectory line drive that sailed over the crossbar with room to spare, to the delight of the crowd at the Edward Jones Dome, as well as Brown and his teammates. It gave St. Louis a 23-3 lead at the half. Brown later kicked a 53-yarder in the third quarter. He is fifth in NFL history with 28 regular-season kicks of 50 yards-plus.

Sitting it out

It's not unusual for the injury list to hit double figures for the first preseason game, and such was the case Saturday for the Rams. WR Donnie Avery (hamstring); CB Mikail Baker (hamstring); CB Ron Bartell (thigh); DT Jermelle Cudjo (back); CB Jerome Murphy (ankle surgery); DE James Hall (hip); TE Michael Hoomanawanui (concussion); LB James Laurinaitis (chest); TE Fendi Onobun (groin); and WR Greg Salas (hamstring) did not play.

Newly signed LB Ben Leber warmed up but did not play, and CB Marquis Johnson (knee) remains on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list.

Suiting up

A couple of Rams who missed practice late in the week, cornerback Al Harris (knee) and defensive tackle Justin Bannan (triceps), saw action. Bannan started, played a couple of series and made a couple of stops on run defense. Harris played a couple of series as the third corner in the nickel package.

Injury update

New wide receiver Mike Sims-Walker saw less action than planned, leaving in the first half because of a groin injury. Safety Quintin Mikell banged up his left elbow in the first quarter. Neither injury was thought to be serious. Rookie cornerback Dionte Dinkins suffered a blow to the head midway through the third quarter but later returned to the game.

Looking at Hood

With several injuries at cornerback, the Rams took a look at veteran Rod Hood in a Thursday workout at Rams Park. Hood, 5-11, 201, missed all of 2010 with a knee injury (a torn ACL). Over his previous seven seasons, Hood spent '09 with Tennessee, '07-'08 with Arizona, and his first four seasons with Philadelphia at a time when Spagnuolo was an Eagles assistant.

Extra points

The Rams added cornerback Tae Evans, a rookie free agent from West Texas A&M, to the roster and he played Saturday. ... The Colts' roster includes wide receiver Chris Brooks of Hazelwood East High and tight end Mike McNeill of Kirkwood High. McNeill caught three passes for 33 yards.

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