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Rams called for only 2 penalties in opener

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Indianapolis Colts offensive tackle Anthony Castonzo, right, blocks St. Louis Rams defensive end Robert Quinn during the third quarter of an NFL preseason football game Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011 in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam) By Tom Gannam Indianapolis Colts offensive tackle Anthony Castonzo, right, blocks St. Louis Rams defensive end Robert Quinn during the third quarter of an NFL preseason football game Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011 in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam) By Tom Gannam

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Almost as impressive as the St. Louis Rams' showing in all three phases in their preseason opener was the fact they were whistled for only two penalties for 14 yards.

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Coach Steve Spagnuolo joked on Sunday, a day after St. Louis beat Indianapolis 33-10, that he hoped it wasn't because referees weren't interested. The Rams and Colts played a penalty-free first half, and the Colts finished with only one call for 5 yards.

Spagnuolo said avoiding mistakes and not beating yourself has been an area of emphasis during training camp. But he couldn't have anticipated such a clean start.

Wide receiver Mike Sims-Walker (groin) will probably be doubtful for next Saturday's game against the Tennessee Titans, but safety Quintin Mikell (elbow) bounced back quickly from an injury that sidelined him early, and did not need treatment on Sunday.

 

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