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Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Pisa Tinoisamoa fractures right hand

Rams Notebook: Tinoisamoa fractures right hand

FILE PHOTO: Kansas City Chiefs running back Larry Johnson (left) looses his helmet after being hit by St. Louis Rams linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa.

Linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa is down to no healthy arms. First came a dislocated left elbow. Then a broken left hand. Next was a sprained right shoulder. And on Monday, midway through the first quarter against Chicago, Tinoisamoa suffered a fractured right hand.

"It's really a similar fracture to the one in his other hand," coach Scott Linehan said. "I think it might even be the same bone. I don't know what the odds of that happening are."

Tinoisamoa was replaced by veteran Dexter Coakley at outside linebacker against the Bears. Tinoisamoa did not return.

Tinoisamoa's string of injuries began with the elbow injury in Week 2 at San Francisco. Interestingly, Monday's game against Chicago marked the first time since that injury that Tinoisamoa did not have the elbow wrapped or fitted for a brace.

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