ST. LOUIS (AP) - Just a few more steps and Clifton Ryan scores a back-breaking touchdown for a franchise starved for success.
Don't think the St. Louis Rams' defensive tackle isn't beating himself up about how a play that would have been a career achievement turned out so sour.
A big-body type who does the dirty work inside, Ryan had a dream opportunity late in the third quarter of Arizona's 17-13 opening victory on Sunday. C.J. Ah You sacked and stripped Cardinals quarterback Derek Anderson for a 9-yard loss at the Arizona 36, Ryan scooped up the ball and was rumbling toward the end zone.
The score would have put the Rams ahead 20-10. Then wide receiver Steve Breaston spoiled it, racing in out of nowhere and karate-chopping the ball free at the 5.