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Broken leg sidelines Rams lineman

Oct. 14, 2002 at 12:18 PM

ST. LOUIS, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- The St. Louis Rams, who finally got their first win of the season Sunday by knocking off the previously unbeaten Oakland Raiders, lost offensive tackle Grant Williams in the process for the balance of the 2002 campaign.

Williams, 28, who has been playing in place of injured All-Pro Orlando Pace, suffered a dislocated ankle and a fractured fibula.

"The fibula is an outer bone on the outside of the shin," said head trainer Jim Anderson. "They're going to operate on it (Monday) morning. They're going to put a plate in the fibula, and put a couple screws across the ankle bone."

The 6-7, 320-pound Williams, in his seventh NFL season, was hurt on the second play of the second quarter, and watched the rest of the game on a monitor in the lockerroom.

"The win makes me feel better than anything," Williams said. "Obviously, I would have liked to be out there, but watching in here I saw a different team. I saw passion. It was the best team in the NFL, an undefeated team - and us saying, 'That should be us.'"

Pace, who is recovering from a torn calf, hopes to be ready for next Sunday's contest against the Seattle Seahawks, one of Williams' former teams. He also has played for the New England Patriots.

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