Rams CB Fair placed on IR with neck injury

ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Rams cornerback Terry Fair, whose
comeback bid was stalled by a neck injury, on Thursday was placed
on injured reserve, ending his season.

Fair, a first-round pick in 1998 by the Lions, didn't play in
2003 or 2004 due to injuries. He was injured late in the preseason
and was limited to five games, serving mainly as a kickoff and punt
returner with spot duty in the secondary this year.

He was the second player placed on injured reserve in two days.
A concussion landed offensive lineman Blaine Saipaia on IR on

Fair was injured at Detroit on Aug. 29 in the next-to-last
preseason game. He reinjured the neck on a kickoff return two weeks
ago at Houston.

"I don't think it's been right really since the Detroit game,"
Fair said. "It never healed the way it should have."

Fair said team doctors told him it would take about a month for
the injury to quiet down. He vowed to try again next summer in
training camp, with the Rams or another team.

"It's disappointing, but at the same time I'm just blessed to
be even in this situation," Fair said. "It's not something that's
going to stop me from playing football ever again and hopefully it
won't affect me as far as getting with a team next year."

Fair, 29, would like to come back with the Rams. Coach Mike
Martz, who's out for the season with a heart ailment, recommended
the Rams give Fair a shot.

"I love Coach Martz to death, he obviously saw something in
me," Fair said. "It was disappointing to me that I couldn't be
healthy the whole year and get that opportunity.

"But just to be back in the NFL and to experience it all again
after being out and thinking it was over, I'm excited about that."

Interim coach Joe Vitt was more pessimistic about Fair's chances
for yet another comeback.

"He's going to have to get this checked out," Vitt said.
"This is very serious. He's going to really have to determine what
he wants to do, his best interests and the best interests of his

The Rams filled Fair's roster spot by signing cornerback Dwight
Anderson, who was cut in training camp, and filled Saipaia's spot
by signing offensive lineman Matt Morgan off their practice squad.