Brockers' scare turns out to be a tweak

2012-10-01T00:45:00Z 2012-10-04T09:56:18Z Brockers' scare turns out to be a tweakBY JIM THOMAS jthomas@post-dispatch.com 314-340-8197 stltoday.com

On just his second series as an NFL player, defensive tackle Michael Brockers tweaked his right ankle — the same ankle that sidelined him for the first three weeks of the regular season.

For a while, Brockers lay on the Edward Jones Dome turf in frustration. It was proof positive that high-ankle sprains can be nagging injuries. But turns out that's all it was — a tweak.

"A little tweak," Brockers said. "Got back in here, wrapped it up again, and got back in there."

The first-round pick from Louisiana State returned later in the first half and finished off his first regular-season game with no further incident.

"Man, very fun," Brockers said after the Rams held on for a 19-13 victory over Seattle. "Getting a win as well as playing with my teammates making plays."

Brockers said he was a little nervous before the start of the game.

"Thought about the ankle a little bit," he said. "But in the game, the adrenaline's pumping and you kind of forget the ankle's there."


After being inactive last week in Chicago, rookie wide receiver Brian Quick dressed Sunday and caught his first NFL pass — a 19-yarder over the middle with 3 minutes left in the first half. Quick's reception came on a third-and-10 play to keep alive the Rams' only touchdown drive.

Fellow rookie wideout Chris Givens also had only one reception, but it was a 52-yarder that represented the Rams' second-longest pass play of the season.


To make room on the game day roster for Quick, veteran wide receiver Steve Smith was among the Rams' pregame inactives. The others: QB Austin Davis, RB Isaiah Pead, DT Jermelle Cudjo, S Matthew Daniels (hamstring), DT Matthew Conrath (knee) and OT Rodger Saffold (knee).

Cudjo had started the first three games of the season at defensive tackle but gave way Sunday because of the availability of Brockers. Rookie RB Terrance Ganaway dressed instead of Pead, the thinking there being that he would be a big back alternative if Jackson's groin injury acted up. But Jackson got through the game OK and Ganaway had no carries.


Third-year defensive lineman Eugene Sims, whose first career sack forced a Seattle punt that helped the Rams kick a field goal to end the first half, suffered a mild concussion. Under the strict NFL concussion rules, he's unlikely to play Thursday against Arizona.


After connecting on all four of his field goal tries Sunday, Greg "The Leg" Zuerlein is the first rookie kicker in Rams history to make his first 12 attempts.

• Johnny Hekker is the first Rams punter to throw a TD pass since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970.

• OT Ty Nsekhe, who was cut from the 53-man roster Thursday, has been signed to the practice squad. To make room for Nsekhe, C Chase Beeler was released.

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