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Return specialist Hall latest Rams player to land on injured list

ST. LOUIS -- Another day, another member of the St. Louis Rams is lost for the season.


Kick returner Dante Hall, who has been hobbled much of the
season by a high ankle sprain, was put on injured reserve, coach
Scott Linehan said Thursday.


"His ankle is not responding," Linehan said. "He still has
swelling and is unable to cut on it."


Hall becomes the 11th Rams player to have his season ended by
injury. Along with cornerback Tye Hill, Hall is the second St. Louis player to have his season ended this week. Hill, the team's 2006 No. 1 draft pick, had season-ending wrist
surgery.


Hall spent seven seasons in Kansas City before coming to St.
Louis in a pre-draft trade. This is the first time he's been put on
injured reserve.


"It's pretty tough," Hall said. "I take pride in not missing
games, so to be put on IR is like total devastation. But at this
point, it's just a smart thing to do for me and the team.


"We were going back and forth," Hall said. "It would feel
good one week and then it would start to ache. It put coach in a
bind not knowing who was going to be his returner every week. I'll
heal up and get ready for next year."


Surgery will not be required.


Hall aggravated the ankle on a return Nov. 25 against Seattle.
The injury first occurred Oct. 7 against Arizona, forcing him to
miss four games. Both injuries came in home games played on the
turf field of the Edward Jones Dome.


Is there a connection?


"I hate to speculate on that," Hall said. "I have no real
evidence to suggest that. But I played on grass for seven years and
never had any problems. I don't know."


There were times when Hall flashed the brilliance he often
displayed with the Chiefs.


On Sept. 30 in Dallas, he returned a punt 85 yards for his lone
touchdown. That score gave Hall 12 career return touchdowns (six
punt, six kickoff), second-most in NFL history.


"I've got very high standards for myself," Hall said. "I'm
not the best in the league right now. That's Mr. [Devin] Hester.
Until I'm better than him, it's not good enough."

Notes

OT Rob Petitti was being evaluated after sustaining a
concussion in Sunday's win over Atlanta. ... WR Isaac Bruce said
his touchdown celebration Sunday was modeled after Cris Carter,
whom he passed for fifth on the NFL's career receiving list. Bruce
has 13,911 yards, 65 behind Indianapolis' Marvin Harrison and 125
behind James Lofton.