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Monday, October 15, 2012, 12:20pm
The NFL's leading receiver in terms of yardage wasn't officially targeted a single time, though he did draw an 11-yard pass-interference call (on Bradley Fletcher) on one pass that sailed into his area during the third-quarter touchdown drive.
Another time in the second half Hartline was overthrown, but the Rams were whistled for a 15-yard penalty for (barely) striking Tannehill in the facemask.
"Listen, they had us out of rhythm," Philbin said when I asked what the Rams were doing to stop Hartline. "They mixed in their pressures well, they mixed in some bump coverage and some off coverage. We just never got in a position where we were real effective moving the football."
He did not specifically explain what was happening with Hartline, who seemed to struggle all day to create separation.
Hartline was slowed by a quadriceps issue in practice. That, combined with tight coverage by veteran cornerback Cortland Finnegan, could have been the lethal combo to kill Hartline's day. While this could happen to any receiver, any week, trusting the Dolphin's passing game is always risky.
Thursday, October 11, 2012, 1:28pm
It's not like this is something new for the Rams — life without WR Danny Amendola. It's just that the team's passing game was depending on him more than ever when he suffered a separated SC joint midway through the second quarter last week against Arizona.
The SC joint is where the collarbone meets the breastbone, and as coach Jeff Fisher said, it could've been worse for Amendola.
"This is rare, and as unique as this injury is or was, it's probably better than a fracture of the collarbone because then you probably lose him for 8-10 weeks — or the year," Fisher said.
Even so, the Rams must get by without their leading receiver for a month or more.