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    Wroten says he's ready to return

    By Bill Coats
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    Thursday, Oct. 11 2007

    Before he stepped back onto the practice field Wednesday at Rams Park, Claude
    Wroten reported that his teammates had welcomed him "with open arms. There was
    nothing negative. I'm back and ready to play."

    He also better be ready to walk a narrow line after serving a four-game
    suspension for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy.

    "He has to prove that he's not going to be in that situation again," coach
    Scott Linehan said. "The reality is if he does, it's going to jeopardize not
    only his ability to play here, but his ability to play in the NFL and play
    football for a profession. It's a pretty cut-and-dried wake-up call for any of
    the guys who have to go through that."

    The Rams rolled the dice last year when they drafted Wroten in the third round.
    Wroten, an All-Southeastern Conference defensive tackle at Louisiana State, was
    arrested in January 2006 for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.
    Those charges eventually were dropped, but Wroten failed a drug test the
    following month at the NFL scouting combine.

    In June, Wroten was arrested after he forced his way into his girlfriend's
    apartment on the LSU campus and removed some items that belonged to him. Wroten
    self-reported that incident.

    Still, Wroten insists that the Rams "made the right choice. I don't feel it was
    a gamble."

    The 6-foot-2, 295-pound Wroten, a pass-rushing specialist at LSU, played in 15
    games as a rookie, collecting 13 tackles and a sack.

    The suspension began Sept. 11, two days after the season-opener. Wroten was
    reinstated Monday and is expected to be back in the defensive line rotation
    Sunday when the Rams meet the Ravens in Baltimore.

    During his hiatus, Wroten worked out daily at Rams Park and attended all the
    team and position meetings. "I stayed in shape so that when the suspension was
    over, I could get back on my feet like it never happened," he said.

    On Sundays, though, he was a mere spectator. "It's kind of tough to see your
    team not winning and knowing you could do some things to help them out," he
    said. On the plus side, Wroten said he had time "to watch a lot of teams in the
    NFL play and see how I can apply other people's games to my game and come back
    and be a better Claude."

    He said that the concept of "a better Claude" extends well beyond the playing
    field.

    "I know I made a mistake, and I absolutely can't let it happen again," Wroten
    said. "To sit out four games for something stupid ... I learned from it, and
    I'm looking to move on."

    RAM-BLINGS

    Running back Steven Jackson (groin), who will miss his third game in a row
    Sunday, did some light running and conditioning Wednesday. ... Newly signed
    safety Bhawoh Jue is a native of Liberia. He was a year old when his parents
    fled the war-torn African nation. ... Eureka High's Farrell Shelton is the
    Rams' high school coach of the week. The Wildcats beat Pattonville 27-6 on
    Friday to improve to 6-0.


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    Re: Wroten says he's ready to return

    Quote Originally Posted by RamWraith View Post
    By Bill Coats
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    Thursday, Oct. 11 2007

    Before he stepped back onto the practice field Wednesday at Rams Park, Claude
    Wroten reported that his teammates had welcomed him "with open arms. There was
    nothing negative. I'm back and ready to play."

    He also better be ready to walk a narrow line after serving a four-game
    suspension for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy.

    "He has to prove that he's not going to be in that situation again," coach
    Scott Linehan said. "The reality is if he does, it's going to jeopardize not
    only his ability to play here, but his ability to play in the NFL and play
    football for a profession. It's a pretty cut-and-dried wake-up call for any of
    the guys who have to go through that."
    No beating around the bush from Linehan.

    Wroten needs to prove he in fact wasn't a gamble draft pick by our RAMS.
    Last edited by laram0; -10-11-2007 at 10:28 AM.

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    Re: Wroten says he's ready to return

    Get out there bud!!! Help your team to its 1st win. Force your way into the the opponents back field...they got your stuff!!!

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    Re: Wroten says he's ready to return

    Was Wroten truely a wise decision? So far, his pass exploits have indicated his present. As much as talent matters, charactor is equally important; Doesn't do the Rams any good to pick/keep/acquire any player who can't play because of their personal conduct regardless of talent---or maybe Ricky Williams isn't enough of a lesson.

    So far Wroten is opportunity lost...he needs to prove himself big time since he has seriously let down the team. And if he is going to NOT correct his behavior, the Rams better be quick on the trigger in getting rid of him So they can find a talented replacement ASAP rather then leave a gap in the roster as he has thus far done.

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