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Archuleta Spends Night in Hospital

December 10, 2001

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ST. LOUIS (AP) _ Rams safety Adam Archuleta spent Sunday night in a hospital as a precautionary measure after his second concussion in three weeks.

Coach Mike Martz said Monday that initial tests came out well for the rookie, injured in the Rams’ 27-14 victory over the San Francisco 49ers, but said further tests were needed over the next few days. He said Archuleta, almost certainly would not play in next Monday night’s game at New Orleans.

``If we’re going to err, we’re going to err on the side of caution,″ Martz said. ``There’s probably very little chance that he’ll play this week, regardless of how the tests come out.″

Archuleta sustained a concussion and severely sprained ankle Nov. 18 at New England. He missed the next two games because of the ankle, but played in a reserve role against the 49ers.

Martz said Archuleta might need to change his style of tackling.

``I think technique-wise, there’s some things he could do a little bit differently,″ Martz said. ``He probably leads with his head too much and we’ve been after him about that.″

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