By Bill Coats
Monday, Jul. 30 2007

When the phone calls came Saturday, Milford Brown was working out in Phoenix
and Jamal Brooks was at a mall in Raleigh, N.C. A day later, both were on the
practice field with the Rams, the newest additions to a training camp roster
that numbers 86.

"My plane got in at 1:30 a.m., and it took about 45 minutes to get my luggage,"
said Brown, a 6-foot-5, 330-pound guard. "I got to the hotel about 2:30, and I
was up at 6:30 and went through a full practice."

Asked what his plans were before Sunday's second workout, Brown said, "I'm
going to sleep. Hopefully, I'll have a couple of dreams."

Brown seemed to be fulfilling his NFL dream pretty well. He made Houston's
lineup in 2005 and then started 12 games last year in Arizona. But Brown lost
his job to Reggie Wells, and in June, the Cardinals asked him to take a pay
cut. He declined and was released.

"They were trying to go in a different direction, so I just figured I'd start
fresh," said Brown, a Florida State product from Montgomery, Ala.

Brown started both games against the Rams last year, and he made an impression.

"I thought he played pretty well," coach Scott Linehan said. "He's very
physical. He's got a little mean streak in him, too."

Brown is the fifth guard on the roster, and all have started in the NFL. Only
four figure to make the final roster. Richie Incognito and Mark Setterstrom
should be locks, so Brown will battle Claude Terrell and Adam Goldberg for the
last spot.

Brooks, 6-2 and 238 pounds, is a linebacker who is valued most for his
special-teams work. He played in seven games with the Rams last year.


With cornerback Fakhir Brown facing a four-game suspension to start the season,
rookie Jonathan Wade is getting a crash course during camp. The speedy Wade, a
third-round draft pick, originally was a wide receiver at Tennessee. He also
was a track All-American.

"I really anticipate he's going to continue to compete to be on the field on
defense, whether he's at corner or in the nickel spot or wherever it is,"
Linehan said. "That's our goal, and he's not disappointing."


Linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa, who had shoulder surgery in the offseason and still
was limited in minicamp last month, has had no problems in contact drills.

"He's a hundred percent," Linehan said. "I don't see any reason that he's not
going to be just like he was before he hurt it."


Linebacker Chris Draft, who was hospitalized for two days with swelling in his
throat, was back at Rams Park and attending meetings. Linehan said Draft's
return to practice is day-to-day. ... Tackle Chris Messner, an undrafted rookie
from Oklahoma, was released. ... Today's single practice starts at 3 p.m. and
is open to the public.