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Posted: Friday, November 23, 2012 9:35 am

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Center Scott Wells’ return after breaking his foot in the season opener figures to strengthen the St. Louis Rams’ offensive line at two spots.

Robert Turner has been consistent as the stand-in starter for nine games and could start at left guard this week at Arizona.

He’s been a take-charge guy from the start, carrying his blocks downfield and usually showing up first after the tackle to keep the pile clean and give his running back a helping hand.

“If I take a guy out of the play, that’s one less guy that can jump on him,” Turner reasoned. “That’s one less guy that rips at the ball; that’s one less guy that’s going to take a shot at somebody standing around the pile. Simple as that.”

Turner’s father was one of his coaches on his first team and emphasized that he should “play through the whistle.”

“I’m not trying to get dumb penalties. I’m not trying to take illegal shots at guys,” Turner said. “But he taught me to be a hard-nosed player and it was just instilled early, and that’s just who I am.”

Turner’s versatility on the line was a plus when the Rams (3-6-1) signed him to a one-year, low-budget free agent deal as a high-quality backup at center and guard.

Familiarity with offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer from when both were with the New York Jets didn’t hurt, either.

Turner, who started the opener at left guard, and right guard Harvey Dahl are the only linemen who have started every game. Turner could replace Shelley Smith, who has made the last four starts at left guard but has struggled lately.

“Rob, gosh, he just filled right in from the get go,” coach Jeff Fisher said. “He’s keeping everybody calm and makes the calls and adjustments.”

Turner didn’t tout himself for a start at guard. Far from it: He said that if Smith got another shot, he’d be fine with it. But he’s pleased with what he’s been able to accomplish at center.

“I feel like I’ve made the most of it,” Turner said. “I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t nice to stay somewhere for an extended period of time. Obviously, Scott coming back is a big lift, and we’re going to put the five best guys out there.”

Wells left the Packers to sign a four-year, $24 million free agent deal with St. Louis. But he missed the first two preseason games rehabbing from right knee surgery, then got hurt in the first half of the opener at Detroit.

It’s the first time in his career that the 31-year-old Wells, a Pro Bowler last year with Green Bay, missed more than two consecutive weeks.

“It’s been frustrating,” Wells said. “But at the same time as a professional you have to try to stay engaged mentally. That’s why sitting in the meetings has been important.”

Quarterback Sam Bradford said the only adjustment will be getting comfortable with Wells’ style of snapping, which he said is different from Turner’s.

Activating Wells came at the expense of special teams captain Brit Miller, the starting fullback, who was released.

The Rams have had less need for a fullback with tight end Lance Kendricks filling that role at times.

Also, Fisher has been impressed with the development of third-string tight end Cory Harkey.

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Football

Friday, Aug. 22

Washington 26, St. Clair 21

Borgia 48, Owensville 12

Parkway West 49, Union 39

Pacific 28, De Soto 20

Park Hills Central 34, Sullivan 27

St. James 12, Cuba 6

Hermann 61, Montgomery Co 12

Warrenton 26, St. Dominic 23

Trinity 28, Wright City 24

Friday, Aug. 29

Sullivan 30, Washington 8

Borgia 56, Union 13

Ozark 41, St. Clair 0

Potosi 34, Pacific 13

Hermann 54, Cuba 12

Blair Oaks 42, Owensville 0

St. James 36, Houston 18

Warrenton 28, Troy 0

Orchard Farm 36, Wright City 18

Volleyball

Tuesday, Aug. 26

Potosi def. Union, 18-25, 25-18, 25-15

Francis Howell C def. Washington, 25-19, 25-22

Farmington def. Pacific, 25-23, 22-25, 25-8

New Haven at Cuba    5:30 p.m.

Owensville at Bourbon    5:30 p.m.

St. James at Salem    5:30 p.m.

Borgia def. Cardinal Ritter, 25-3, 25-3

Wednesday, Aug. 27

ECC def. Central Methodist JV, 25-12, 25-14, 25-15

Thursday, Aug. 28

Potosi at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Borgia def. Notre Dame, 25-15, 25-8

*Washington def. Ft. Zumwalt South

Union def. Battle, 25-17, 25-11

Pacific def. Seckman, 25-17, 20-25, 30-28

Hermann at Jefferson City    5:30 p.m.

Belle at New Haven    5:30 p.m.

Linn at Owensville    6 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 29

Mississippi Valley at Crosspoint    5 p.m.

Softball

Saturday, Aug. 23

Union Tournament

Union Sports Complex

G1 Washington 21, St. Clair 0

G2 Pacific 15, Liberty 3

G3 Farmington 15, Union 0

G4 Park Hills Central 4, Borgia 2

G5 Liberty 6, St. Clair 5

G6 Union 9, Borgia 2

G7 Washington 5, Pacific 4

G8 Farmington 5, Park Hills Central 2

Consolation — Union vs. Liberty Postponed due to heat

Seventh Place — Borgia 16, St. Clair 0

Championship — Farmington 5, Washington 0

Third Place — Park Hills Central 7, Pacific 6

Monday, Aug. 25

*Borgia 5, Notre Dame 4 (8 innings)

Union 14, Rolla 7

New Haven at Cuba    4:30 p.m.

St. James at Salem    4:30 p.m.

Belle at Owensville    5 p.m.

Sullivan at Westminster Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Aug. 26

*Ft. Zumwalt S 5, Washington 2

Warrenton 4, Union 3

Duchesne 10, Pacific 5

Steelville at Owensville    4:30 p.m.

Vienna at St. James    4:30 p.m.

Wright City 6, St. Clair 2

New Bloomfield at New Haven    5 p.m.

Hermann at Montgomery Co    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Borgia at Pacific, PPD to Sept. 5

Thursday, Aug. 28

St. Clair 3, Borgia 2

*Ft. Zumwalt N at Washingto, PPD

Bourbon at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

Owensville at Linn    4:30 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 29

Pacific at Lutheran South    4:15 p.m.

New Haven at Wellsville    4:30 p.m.

Belle at St. James    4:30 p.m.

Washington at Battle Tny    TBA

Saturday, Aug. 30

Washington at Battle Tny    TBA

Boys Soccer

Tuesday, Aug. 26

*Union 1, St. James 0

Fredericktown 4, St. Clair 1

Pacific 2, Hillsboro 0

Sullivan at SLUH    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Borgia at Union, PPD

Thursday, Aug. 28

Union at De Soto    5 p.m.

Pacific at North County    5 p.m.

*St. James at Sullivan    5 p.m.

*St. Mary’s 4, Borgia 0

Friday, Aug. 29

Mississippi Valley at Crosspoint    4:30 p.m.

ECC at McKendree JV    7 p.m.

#Washington at Francis Howell North, 4:15 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 30

Washington at Pky W/Northwest Tny    TBA

Cross Country

Friday, Aug. 22

Sullivan at Fleet Feet Inv    4 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 28

Borgia at Parkway Central Inv    TBA

Friday, Aug. 29

St. Clair at First Capitol Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 30

Washington at Lafayette Inv    9 a.m.

Girls Golf

Monday, Aug. 25

Borgia 215, Washington 241

Thursday, Aug. 28

Borgia 280, Lutheran St. Charles 284, Washington 292

Boys Swimming

Friday, Aug. 29

Borgia, Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E Inv    3:30 p.m.

*Conference Games

@Fort Scott Tournament

#Parkway West/Northwest Tournament

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