Kennison rejoins Rams, might play Sunday
By Jim Thomas
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
Wednesday, Sep. 10 2008
At age 35, Eddie Kennison still runs in the 4.4s. That's not quite as fast as
the 4.3-second times he used to post with regularity in the 40 coming out of
Louisiana State, but it's still faster than most.
By all accounts, he's in excellent shape. He looked good catching passes during
his workout Tuesday at Rams Park. So why not play Sunday against the New York
"We'll see how the week goes," Kennison said Tuesday afternoon. "But, I would
say 'yes,' they're looking for me to play Sunday."
Ten years after his last game for the Rams, Kennison has signed a one-year deal
to help the club's ailing wide receiver corps.
"I've come full circle," Kennison said. "This is my starting place, and it's
not a bad place to come back to. I still think I can play the game, and play it
at a high level."
Kennison was a first-round pick by the Rams in 1996. After a promising rookie
year, Kennison's play and production declined and he was traded to New Orleans
after the '98 season. He bounced around to Chicago and Denver before blossoming
in Kansas City.
From the 2002 through '06 seasons, Kennison averaged 58 catches for 961 yards
for Kansas City. He was released by the Chiefs following an injury-plagued 2007
season, but has stayed in touch with Rams offensive coordinator Al Saunders,
who was his coordinator during most of his time in KC.
"I know Al, and I know this offense pretty well," Kennison said.
To make room for Kennison, the Rams released rookie linebacker David Vobora,
aka Mr. Irrelevant, and subsequently signed him to the practice squad.
Cornerback Darius Vinnett was released from the practice squad.