Middle linebacker to return to lineup

Updated: October 16, 2003, 7:35 PM ET

ST. LOUIS -- Robert Thomas will start at middle linebacker for the St. Louis Rams on Sunday after missing a week with a groin injury.

Thomas returned to practice last week, but was held out of a 36-0 shutout of the Falcons on Monday night. That break, combined with the bye week, enabled an injury that dated to the preseason to heal sufficiently.

Jamie Duncan, a disappointment last year as the starter, played in Thomas' place against the Falcons and had his first sack ever with the ...

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