Rams Notebook: Brooks lands back on Rams' roster
By Bill Coats
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
Thursday, Nov. 30 2006
In the NFL, what goes around often comes around. Consider the case of Jamal
Signed as a free agent in February, Brooks had a strong preseason and was on
the 45-man roster for the first four games of the regular season. Brooks, a
middle linebacker by trade, saw extensive special-teams action.
On Oct. 3, the Rams grabbed Isaiah Kacyvenski, another middle linebacker and
special-teams ace, when Seattle surprisingly let him go. A week later, Brooks
Now, with Kacyvenski out for at least Sunday's game against Arizona after
suffering his second concussion of the season, the 6-foot-2, 238-pound Brooks
is back. He was re-signed Tuesday and practiced Wednesday.
"It's pretty much been a waiting game," said Brooks, 30. He auditioned with
several other teams but never landed a spot.
"The phone's been ringing, but people were saying, 'Not this week,'" he said.
"Each week, I've been kind of on the bubble, ready to roll either here or
somewhere else. Luckily, it was here, so I could come back to a place where I
love the team and the coaches."
He's the backup to Will Witherspoon at middle linebacker, but Brooks' primary
role again will be on special teams.
"He's factored right in," coach Scott Linehan said. "With the loss of Isaiah,
it made all the sense in the world."
Brooks is familiar with the schemes; his goal this week is getting into
Help at tackle
Tuesday's other signee, offensive tackle Jeremy Parquet, also was busy on the
tryout circuit since Kansas City released him after the preseason. "I've been
to Seattle, New York, Tampa, Houston, Detroit," he said. "It was real tough."
He said he's used to the pronunciation of his surname — it's par-KET — being
bungled. "Parkay, parkwet ... all that," he said. But, he added, he's more
concerned about displaying the skills that made him a Chiefs seventh-round
draft pick last year out of Southern Mississippi.
He suited up for two games with Kansas City but never got onto the field.
"I've been playing football every fall since I was 8 years old. This year, I
was at home, and it was a different feeling," he said. "I'm hoping while I'm
here that they'll give me a chance to show what I can do."
For now, he'll provide depth for the injury-riddled offensive line. But Linehan
said the 6-foot-6, 321-pound Parquet, 24, could have a future with the team.
"He has all the physical characteristics that you're looking for in a tackle,"
Linehan said. "We'd certainly like to work and develop him."
Kacyvenski and defensive end Victor Adeyanju were listed as out Wednesday on
the week's initial injury report. Adeyanju broke his right forearm Sunday vs.
San Francisco and is expected to miss at least three games.
Guard Adam Timmerman (ribs) and fullback Paul Smith (hamstring) were
questionable. Quarterback Marc Bulger (ribs), cornerback Tye Hill (thigh),
center Richie Incognito (foot) and defensive tackle Claude Wroten (hamstring)
Coach of week
Mater Dei's Ray Kauling is the Rams' high school coach of the week after the
Knights qualified for their first state championship game by edging Mascoutah
7-0. Mater Dei lost in the title game. The Rams Foundation and NFL Charities
will make a $1,000 donation to Mater Dei's football program. ... The Rams edged
the Cardinals 16-14 on Sept. 24, boosting their series lead to 7-4 since moving
here in 1995.