Rams lose Bruce, three others to injuries against Dallas

IRVING, Texas -- St. Louis Rams linebacker Raonall Smith, defensive end Leonard Little and offensive guard Adam Goldberg left Sunday's 35-7 loss at Dallas with knee injuries, and receiver Issac Bruce strained his left hamstring.

Starting safety Corey Chavous left in the fourth quarter with a strained left pectoral muscle, which was initially reported as a strained shoulder.

All the knee injuries were described by coach Scott Linehan as sprains. Goldberg hurt his left knee, with Smith and Little injuring their right knees.

"We will see the extent of those injuries (Monday)," Linehan said without elaborating on any specific injury.

With the Rams trailing 35-7 late in the third quarter, Gus Frerotte replaced Marc Bulger at quarterback. Bulger was playing with two broken ribs.

Goldberg appeared to get hurt soon after halftime when he was beat on a block by Cowboys linebacker Greg Ellis, who got around the right tackle for a sack of Bulger.

The Rams were already playing without starting right guard Richie Incognito (ankle), who was inactive. They haven't finished a game this season with the same five linemen who started.

Ellis played his first game since missing the final seven games last season with a torn left Achilles' tendon.

Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press

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