ST. LOUIS (AP) -- St. Louis Rams wide receiver Isaac Bruce was held out of minicamp Friday due to an irregularity in a heart test given to all players.
"His physical showed just a slight abnormality," coach Mike Martz said. "He had a little glitch."
After watching the first of two workouts Friday, Bruce said he believed the test was a mistake. He hoped to undergo a second test later Friday, although Martz said a specialist who normally administers such tests was out of town until Tuesday, which would sideline Bruce for the remainder of the three-day camp.
"Something funny showed up on the EKG, that's all, " Bruce said. "I was a little shocked. I'm thinking something's wrong with the machine, not anything wrong with me."
The 32-year-old, 12-year veteran was second on the team last season with 89 catches for 1,292 yards and six touchdowns. He suggested that perhaps a blood test might have spiked his heart rate.
"I'm thinking it's the machine," Bruce said. "I don't like drawing blood. I don't like needles."
In any case, he didn't appear concerned.
"I don't anticipate me stopping playing or anything like that," he said. "I'm feeling good. I learned a long time ago not to let a doctor's diagnosis deter me."
The Rams weren't overly concerned yet, either.
"I don't think it's a major issue, but I don't know," Martz said. "You just go back and recheck and take some more tests."
Also in that same article was this very interesting and very good (for us) blurb about Alex Barron.
"Meanwhile, the offensive tackle the Rams drafted in the first round to take Turley's spot, Alex Barron, was temporarily dropped to second string on Friday. Martz said Barron, who played left tackle at Miami, was having difficulty with the switch to the right side opposite All-Pro left tackle Orlando Pace."
Regarding the Bruce situation, I can only say too bad, he's a classy guy and the NFL could stand to have a lot more players like him.
Regarding the Barron blub, all I can say is, BWAhahahahahahaha!!!!!
Saturday, June 04, 2005
Bruce held out of camp for abnormality in heart test
I would have posted a picture with this thread, but I hate to make light of a potentially serious problem with a classy guy (even for a Ram) like Isaac Bruce, and I CERTAINLY WILL NOT post any picture of a Rams logo here, (I refuse to dirty this blog site with that image), so if any of you guys want to post an appropriate picture feel free.