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Rams Making Changes

Posted by nickwagoner on August 22, 2011 – 11:28 PM

- The Rams got back to work on Monday and change was afoot in a lot of areas coming off Saturday night’s performance against Tennessee.

- The big news, of course, is that the Rams have parted ways with long snapper Chris Massey after nine years. I’ll devote a blog to him tomorrow to help everyone see what a great person and snapper he was in his time here but for now, just know that everyone in the organization is sad to see him go and wishes him luck in the future.

- Make no mistake, though, rookie long snapper Jake McQuaide has been consistently good since he arrived and has also earned an opportunity. Let’s see how he does when the games begin but so far, so good. Despite what might be out there, this was a football decision much more so than it was an economic one.

- Receiver Danario Alexander got an MRI on his knee on Monday. Yes, that knee, the one that’s been surgically repaired multiple times. Alexander claimed it “felt funny” and he and the Rams agreed it was best to get it checked out. Here’s hoping it’s nothing serious. Alexander has all the talent in the world and should be admired for even still playing after all he’s been through. But it’s hard to make a living in this game when you have constant problems. Here’s hoping it all works out.

- The Rams wasted little time in making some changes following the win against the Titans. After Tennessee ran wild Saturday night, Ben Leber and Brady Poppinga worked with the first-team defense at weakside and strong side linebacker, respectively.

- WR Brandon Gibson had a big day in the red zone, catching a pair of touchdowns.

- Tight end Michael Hoomanawanui left the practice early with a calf injury that coach Steve Spagnuolo said would require an X ray. The extent of it is unknown but Spagnuolo said there is a “little concern” there.

- DT Daniel Muir (ankle) and WR Mardy Gilyard (bruised thigh) also left practice early though neither ailment is expected to be serious.

- DE Chris Long (toe) and LT Rodger Saffold (back) made it through the workout fine.

- The Rams are back to work tomorrow with a practice at 1 and then will go at 12:30 on Wednesday in the final workout of the actual training camp portion of the preseason.


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