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Little's hamstring big deal for Rams

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

A healthy Leonard Little presents significant problems for opposing offensive lines. His hamstring injury could cause significant problems for the Rams' pass rush.

Coach Jim Haslett: "Well, it's bothering him. He didn't finish the game. He didn't play three quarters of the game, so I would think it's pretty significant."

Little had 4.5 sacks during a three-game stretch heading into Week 8. The Patriots double-teamed Little in Week 8. Eric Moore finished the game.

Three of the best pass-rushing defensive ends in the NFC West are getting older and fighting through injuries. Little turned 34 this month. He has missed 11 games over the last two seasons. A quick look at the other two:

  • Patrick Kerney, Seahawks. Kerney aggravated his surgically repaired shoulder against the 49ers. He could miss the game against the Eagles in Week 9. Kerney has 19.5 sacks in 23 regular-season games with Seattle. He turns 32 in December and has undergone surgeries in each of the last two offseasons.

  • Bert Berry, Cardinals. A groin injury forced the 33-year-old pass rusher to miss two games this season. Berry has missed 23 games over the last four seasons. He has four sacks in five games as a situational pass rusher in 2008.