After surgery, Holt takes it slow

Monday, August 6, 2007 | 1:03 a.m. CDT; updated 7:13 a.m. CDT, Monday, July 21, 2008
Rams veteran receiver Torry Holt had arthroscopic surgery to repair torn meniscus in his right knee.

ST. LOUIS — Nursing his surgically repaired right knee, St. Louis Rams receiver Torry Holt has been less active in training camp.

In Saturday’s first scrimmage since workouts began, the 31-year-old saw some limited time on the field with the first unit. He did not catch a pass. The Rams are limiting his work load in the early going.

One of the mainstays of the Rams’ potent offense, Holt is not concerned about what goes on in camp. His eye is on the Sept. 9 season opener at home against the Carolina Panthers.

The plan is to prepare himself slowly and to be ready and able to contribute fully for the regular season.

“I’m just going to keep building on it, keep strengthening, keep icing and picking my spots within this training camp and, most importantly, be ready to roll once we open up against Carolina,” Holt said.

Holt said his right knee is doing fine.

“It’s feeling pretty good,” said Holt, who underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair torn meniscus in February, forcing him to miss the Pro Bowl. “I’m coming around. I’m cutting and doing the things I have done in the past, so that’s a good sign.”

Rams coach Scott Linehan said Holt is not behind schedule. The slow-but-steady approach is the one he wants for Holt.

“I see the differences, but we have to go get him to the Carolina game 100 percent and not running him into the ground,” Linehan said. “And it’s hard not to be out here going all the time and feel like you did when you were 27, 28 years old but I understand that part. It is the great thing about camp and why we do it. We’ve got four preseason games and a lot of practices to get in and we just decide what we’re going to get him in.

“And what were going to rep him and what we’re not. It’s just smart to do it that way and by the first game he will be ready to go.”

Holt put his knee’s condition at “70 percent.” He said he was glad he had the surgery.

“It feels good to actually get it nipped in the bud,” Holt said. “It’s kind of like starting from scratch again, but it’s cool. That’s fine with me. I don’t mind the work of the rehabilitation and getting stronger, which allows me to be able to perform at the level that I like to perform at. I am excited about getting it over with and getting it done and hopefully I can just continue to build and keep it strong and play well.”

Indeed, Holt has performed at a high level in his career since he was a No. 1 draft pick in 1999.

Holt had his NFL record streak of seven consecutive seasons with 1,300 or more yards snapped last season as he had 93 catches for 1,188 yards and 10 touchdowns.

The knee problem diminished Holt’s effectiveness late in the season He averaged 68 yards receiving a game and scored no touchdowns in the final three games of the 8-8 campaign in 2006.

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