Alexander, Miller added to Rams roster

BY JIM THOMAS
Wednesday, October 13, 2010

As expected, wide receiver Danario Alexander was promoted to the Rams' active roster Tuesday. The unexpected is that he was accompanied by a former Arch Rivalry foe.

Brit Miller, who played linebacker for the University of Illinois but was switched to fullback last season as a San Francisco 49er, also was promoted to the 53-man roster from the Rams' practice squad.

Alexander replaces wide receiver Mark Clayton, who was placed on the injured reserve list Tuesday following a season-ending knee injury Sunday in Detroit.

Miller replaces tight end Darcy Johnson, who also was placed on IR. Johnson suffered concussion-like symptoms against Detroit and did not finish the game; the Rams probably will seek an injury settlement with him.

Johnson was with the Rams in training camp but was released at the end of the preseason. He re-joined the team before Week 2 of the regular season after Michael Hoomanawanui suffered a high ankle sprain in the opener against Arizona.

Johnson played in the next four games, was used primarily as a blocker and had no receptions. But with Hoomanawanui and Billy Bajema (knee) expected to return to game action this week, Johnson became expendable the Rams had been carrying five tight ends.

Miller, 6-1, 250, had been on the practice squad the past four weeks. At Illinois, he was a three-year starter at linebacker, leading the Big Ten with 11 tackles a game as a senior in 2008. As a rookie with San Francisco in 2009, he was a backup fullback, spending the first 11 games on the *****' practice squad and the final five games on the active roster. Miller had six special teams tackles in those five games and could help the Rams there immediately. The native of Decatur, Ill., has been working primarily at linebacker in practice with the Rams.

Interestingly, Alexander was signed to a four-year contract, with a modest signing bonus of around $35,000. As such, the Rams treated him as if he were a draft pick, albeit a low-round draft pick.

Practice squad additions

To fill the practice squad vacancies created by the promotions of Alexander and Miller, the Rams re-signed wide receiver Brandon McRae and linebacker Mortty Ivy. Both players were on the Rams' practice squad for the first week of the regular season but were released a couple of days after the season opener.

McRae, 6-3, 207, originally was signed by the Rams as an undrafted rookie out of Mississippi State and was with the team throughout the spring practice period and the preseason. He was impressive in training camp, catching a 60-yard touchdown pass from Keith Null during the Lindenwood University scrimmage.

But he suffered a sprained ankle in the exhibition opener against Minnesota and missed the next two preseason games. His only catch in preseason play was a 26-yard TD pass from Thaddeus Lewis in the finale against Baltimore, and he did not survive the final roster cuts.

Ivy, 6-1, 239, was a three-year starter in college at West Virginia who spent most of last season on Carolina's practice squad as an undrafted rookie. He was with the Rams for only that one week in early September.