Rams' Faulk could be used in emergency Sunday

Updated: October 24, 2003, 4:45 PM ET

ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Rams running back Marshall Faulk probably will be in uniform Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers, but he most likely would be available only in case of emergency.

Fault missed the past three games because of a broken left hand and arthroscopic surgery on his right knee.

"Whenever you have injuries, an extra week always helps," Faulk said. "If something happens and if I have to go, then I'm available.

"Three weeks ago, I probably could have started running and got my knee back to where it needs to be, but with the issue with the hand, I just kind of waited."

St. Louis (4-2) needs him back: Stand-in starter Lamar Gordon has a sprained ankle and hasn't practiced this week.

Faulk has increased his work load in practice each day this week, but coach Mike Martz would prefer to keep his star sidelined until a Nov. 2 game at San Francisco.

"I think he's at the point now where, if needed, he could play and be all right," Martz said. "But we're going to try and avoid it at all costs."

Rookie running back Arlen Harris will get his first NFL start Sunday.

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