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Rams Defensive Line Is Hurting

November 28, 2000

ST. LOUIS (AP) _ Rams defensive end Kevin Carter had blood drained from his swollen knee Monday but expects to play in the team’s next game.

Another defensive end, pass rush specialist Leonard Little, dislocated his right ring finger and was unable to use that hand Monday. Little was meeting with a specialist to determine whether surgery was needed.

Carter won’t practice much during the week, if at all, but should be ready for Sunday’s game at Carolina.

He led the NFL with 17 sacks last season but has only 5.5 this season. He had two tackles Sunday in the loss to the New Orleans Saints.

Meanwhile, St. Louis kicker Jeff Wilkins, who has missed four games and most of a fifth with a quadriceps injury, is expected to return. Coach Mike Martz said Wilkins will get a stiff test Thursday or Friday to make sure he’s ready.

If he is, the Rams plan to release Jeff Hall, who was 4-for-5 on field goals. Wilkins was perfect on 12 field goal attempts.

The Rams made one personnel move Monday, releasing third-string quarterback Paul Justin, signed when Kurt Warner broke the little finger on his throwing hand Oct. 22. Warner reclaims his job on Sunday after missing five games.

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