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CENTER SCOTT WELLS BACK IN BUSINESS AFTER KNEE SURGERY
Mon, 03 Sep 2012 10:12 PM EDT

After signing a 4-year, $24 million deal with the St. Louis Rams, Scott Wells the former Green Bay Packers center had knee surgery that kept him from most of the team’s activities.

While rehabbing, Wells and his spouse recently completed the adoption of 3 orphans from Uganda, a process that took almost 18 months.

As they prepare for their final preseason game against Baltimore, Wells is settling into his new role. He made his Rams debut last week and is anticipated to see more time against the Ravens.

”It’s going well,” he said. ”I’m enjoying the men, really enjoying actually being out here practicing and not watching anymore.”

Only once in his career had he missed as much as 2 weeks with an injury. It also came during a preseason with the Green Bay Packers.

Though he was held out of contact drills, Wells took part in walkthroughs and team meetings with the Rams. He revealed it proved essential in forming a bond with the other linemen and QB Sam Bradford.

Cohesiveness could be essential for the Rams. They gave up a league-high 55 sacks and tied with Seattle with a league-worst 114 QB hits last year. Bradford missed 6 games with a high left ankle sprain.

That was an incentive in signing Wells, predicted to anchor a radically changed offensive line.

”It’s his experience,” Coach Jeff Fisher said. ”He understands things, learned the offense very fast, makes all the calls and makes them correctly all of the time. He anticipates things and he works very closely with the QB as he did up there in Green Bay.”

Wells said signing with the St. Louis Rams made sense personally and professionally.

He grew up in Nashville, Tenn. – he still has a home there – and followed Fisher’s career during his 16 seasons as the Titans’ head coach. Wells announced the opportunity to play for Fisher, entering his 1st season in St. Louis, was a key to his decision.

”I always wanted an opportunity to play for him,” Wells announced. ”When he decided to come back and coach I was surely interested if that was an option. I had a great career in Green Bay. I have lot of respect for those people and plenty of friends on that team still, that organization is still very dear to me, but I’m thrilled about this new chance, here.”

Wells also is keen on the 6-hour drive home in contrast with a trip nearly twice as long from Green Bay. His recently enlarged family will join him this week and set up base in St. Louis for the season before going back to Nashville in the offseason.

The 3 youngsters he and his wife, Julie, adopted are 5, 3 and 2, and join 3 biological children who are 8, 5 and 2.

”It’s going truly well,” he revealed. ”My other 3 kids have truly taken to them, which was a concern initially to find out how they’d interact. And they have really hit it off. My wife tells me everything’s going smooth. There’s of course natural hiccups on the way that come with adopting youngsters. But, again, so far the acclimation has been smooth.” Scores


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