Bulger's day ends early due to concussion

ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Rams quarterback
Marc Bulger suffered a
concussion in Sunday's 24-19 loss to Seattle, and coach Scott
Linehan said it was too early to know if he'll be available for
next week's game against Atlanta.

Bulger left after making a shovel pass midway through the first
quarter. He was hit by several players, but threw a pass that was
intercepted by defensive end Patrick Kerney. But Linehan said Bulger was initially hurt on the Rams' first
possession on a blindside sack by linebacker Leroy Hill.

"He didn't seem quite right on the sidelines," Linehan said.
"We talked a little bit, and I could tell by looking at him right
when he walked off that something was different.

"He mentioned that he didn't feel good, and that is a big
concern. He said he was starting to feel nauseous."

Bulger, who missed two games earlier this season with broken
ribs, walked on his own to the locker room. He was replaced by
Gus Frerotte.

The starting QB has taken a beating behind an offensive line
decimated by injuries this season. Bulger, who was 3-for-5 for 32
yards and the one interception, has been sacked 30 times this

Bulger has completed 61 percent of his passes with six
touchdowns and nine interceptions in what has been a disappointing
season after he signed a six-year, $65 million contract extension
on the first day of training camp. That deal made him the
highest-paid player in franchise history. The contract included $27
million in guaranteed money and put him in a group of six
quarterbacks making $10 million annually.

St. Louis' problems on the offensive line began in Week 1 when
left tackle Orlando Pace was lost for the season with a torn
triceps, the first of several linemen to be hurt. The Rams have
used 15 line combinations this season.

Bulger was among several players hurt Sunday.

Center Brett Romberg also left in the first quarter with an
ankle injury and did not return. He missed three games earlier this
season with injuries to both ankles. His status for next week was
not known.

Rams linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa left in the third quarter with a
sprained left knee and will have an MRI Monday.

Seattle wide receiver D.J. Hackett hurt his right ankle in the
third quarter. Coach Mike Holmgren wasn't sure when he would

Hackett suffered a high right ankle sprain in the season-opener
against Tampa Bay and missed six games. He entered Sunday's game
questionable with a knee injury.

Hackett had four catches for 41 yards against St. Louis. He had
a career-best nine catches for 136 yards and a touchdown last week
against the Bears.