For those of you who took St. Louis Rams wide receiver Torry Holt during your fantasy football drafts, you may want to cross your fingers this season. According to Holt, he told Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the afflicted joint is around “70-80% healthy”. Holt added, “It’s just one of those deals where I’m not recovering as quick as I used to. I have to get used to that and stay patient. … I don’t know if it’ll ever heal all the way, but I think it will heal enough where it will allow me to go out and play.” Rams head coach Scott Linehan, despite Holt’s limitations, thinks there has been improvement, saying, “The last two days I’ve seen more like the Torry Holt we’ve all grown accustomed to. It’s becoming more and more encouraging every day.”
The Rams will need a healthy Holt if they expect to make a run for the NFC West divisional title, and I don’t know if a Torry Holt at 70-80% will help them in that quest. Behind Holt you have Isaac Bruce, Drew Bennett, and maybe Dane Looker. If you’re a Rams fans, I would be at least a touch concerned; the team will need Holt for all 16 games if they expect to at the very least snag a wild-card berth this season.
So far this preseason, Holt has been through the entire training camp and during the exhibition games has caught six passes for 52 yards. However, he did not play against the Oakland Raiders last Friday, experiencing some swelling and soreness around the surgically repaired knee. The litmus test for Holt begins on Sunday, Spetember 9, when the Carolina Panthers visit the Rams.