Rams to start Frerotte at QB; Bulger may return for Oct. 21 Seattle game

Updated: October 11, 2007, 11:46 AM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

Despite throwing three interceptions last Sunday in his first starting assignment since 2005, quarterback Gus Frerotte will remain in the starting lineup when the St. Louis Rams face the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.

Gus Frerotte

Frerotte

Marc Bulger

Bulger

Rams coach Scott Linehan said after practice on Wednesday that starter Marc Bulger needs at least one more week of rest as he continues to recover from two cracked ribs that affected his performance in the first four games of the season. Bulger has demonstrated improvement during practice the past week, but the earliest he will return to the lineup is in an Oct. 21 game at Seattle.

St. Louis is one of only three winless teams in the league.

"It's really another week before he probably feels the way he needs to feel to go in and play," Linehan told local reporters when asked about Bulger's status. "I know he feels better this week than he did last week. I think another week might be enough to consider having him ready for the next game."

When he made the switch to Frerotte last week, Linehan suggested that the arrangement would likely be for at least two games. The Rams' coach has great faith in Frerotte, who started 15 games for him in 2005, when Linehan was the Miami Dolphins' offensive coordinator.

In the 34-31 loss to the Arizona Cardinals last Sunday, Frerotte completed 24-of-43 passes for 262 yards, with three touchdown passes and three interceptions, for a passer rating of 68.2. He was sacked twice.

The 31 points were the most scored by the Rams this season and only eight fewer points than St. Louis had scored in its previous four outings combined. But the three interceptions were costly, and one of them was returned for a touchdown. The St. Louis offense has played poorly, suffering through injuries on the line and operating without starting tailback Stephen Jackson.

Turnovers aside, Frerotte, 36, said he felt comfortable running the offense.

"I felt sharp mentally," said the 14th-year veteran, whose resume includes 80 career starts. "I felt like I was able to feel the rush, not stare at the rush. Sometimes, that gets you when you haven't played in a while. [But] I felt good about that part of my game."

Len Pasquarelli is a senior NFL writer for ESPN.com.

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