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21 years ago: When Trent Green went down, it was time to rally around the Iowa Barnstormer

Editors note: On Aug. 28, 1999, Rams quarterback Trent Green suffered a season-ending knee injury in a preseason game. Columnist Bernie Miklasz took a look at Green's understudy, a little-known player named Kurt Warner.

Fallen Rams quarterback Trent Green had "nightmare flashes" as he tried to sleep late Saturday night. On Sunday afternoon, coach Dick Vermeil broke down and wept as he talked about Green's devastating season-ending knee injury.

"It hurts," DV said. Life with the Rams is painful. Anything that can go wrong usually does. Perhaps the curse started with the drowning death of owner Carroll Rosenbloom in 1979.