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Rams Add Williams, Release Ojinnaka

Posted by nickwagoner on October 22, 2012 – 5:41 PM

– Before heading overseas, the Rams made another roster move Monday morning, again tweaking the mix they have on the offensive line.

– The Rams released OL Quinn Ojinnaka after he lost his starting job to Shelley Smith on Sunday. In his place, the Rams added another former high draft choice on the OL, the recently released Chris Williams, who was once the 14th overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft.

– Ojinnaka, of course, had started all of the Rams’ preseason games but was released in the final round of cuts. He was brought back in week 3 after injuries to Rodger Saffold and Scott Wells. He plugged back in at left guard for the ensuing four games before Smith overtook him last week.

– Williams spent time at both tackle spots in Chicago before getting a look at left guard in recent opportunities. The Bears released him on Oct. 16.

– For now, it’s expected Williams will provide depth behind an offensive line that had a new look on the left side with Smith and Joe Barksdale (tackle) against Green Bay.

– Wells is eligible to return to practice this week from his injured reserve designation (though he wouldn’t count against the 53-man roster) but it’s not expected that he’s going to be ready to make that step just yet.

– Both Wells and Saffold seem to be on pace for a return sometime shortly after the bye depending on how they recover in the next couple of weeks.

– As it stands, here’s how the Rams offensive line depth looks:

Tackle: Barry Richardson, Wayne Hunter, Barksdale, Williams, (Saffold)
Guard: Harvey Dahl, Smith, Williams, Tim Barnes
Center: Robert Turner, Barnes, (Wells)

– Thanks for reading. Back with more after coach Jeff Fisher’s 1:30 news conference.

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