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    No Rams-Patriots deal on running back

    Wednesday, September 15, 2010

    On a day Laurence Maroney was shipped to Denver, league sources told the Post-Dispatch that the Rams had been talking to New England about trading for one of its running backs.

    But the sources said the Rams were more interested in other running backs on New England's roster, not so much Maroney, the St. Louis native who has been slowed by injuries for much of his four seasons with the Patriots.

    Maroney, who attended Normandy High and the University of Minnesota, was traded along with a New England sixth-round draft pick to Denver for a Broncos fourth-round pick. Maroney did not play in New England's season opener because of a thigh injury.

    The Patriots currently have four running backs on their roster, including veterans Kevin Faulk, 34, Fred Taylor, 34, and Sammy Morris, 33, plus youngster BenJarvus Green-Ellis, 25.

    The Rams' conversations with the Patriots date back at least to late August, when the teams met in Foxborough for the third game of the preseason. But for now, the Rams' search for backfield help behind Steven Jackson remains just that — a search.

    Otherwise Tuesday was a busy day at Rams Park, although minus any earth-shattering moves. The Rams signed former New York Giants tight end Darcy Johnson to the active roster, releasing defensive tackle Jermelle Cudjo to free up a roster spot.

    The Rams also did some work on their practice squad. Fullback Brit Miller and fullback-tight end Jamie McCoy were added, with wide receiver Brandon McRae and running back Allen Patrick released from the squad to make room.

    The Rams also worked out three street free agents Tuesday: offensive tackle Kirk Chambers, safety Macho Harris and linebacker Kevin Malast. But none of the three was signed.

    Johnson, the tight end, was with the Rams during training camp but didn't survive the cut to 53 players. He's a solid blocker with limited receiving skills. The Rams now have five tight ends on their active roster, but one of them — rookie Michael Hoomanawanui — is expected to miss at least a month with a sprained ankle suffered in the first quarter Sunday against Arizona.

    Hoomanawanui also played fullback, and with him unavailable for several weeks, Mike Karney is the only fullback on the roster. Which probably explains the signings of McCoy and Miller to the practice squad as insurance. McCoy was in training camp with the Rams as an undrafted rookie.

    Miller appeared in five games last season with San Francisco as an undrafted rookie. Miller, who is from Decatur, Ill., was converted to fullback after playing linebacker at the University of Illinois. He had six special teams tackles and was credited with 17 special teams blocks in those five games for the *****.

    There's a chance Cudjo could join Miller and McCoy on the practice squad if he clears waivers today. An undrafted rookie from NCAA Division II Central Oklahoma, Cudjo had a strong preseason for the Rams with two sacks, two quarterback hits and one tackle for loss. He was on the pregame inactive list Sunday against Arizona.

    For now, and maybe longer, the Rams are sticking with Chris Chamberlain on the active roster even though he is expected to miss six to eight weeks with a fractured toe. Unless they make a roster change later in the week, the Rams will face Oakland this Sunday with only five healthy linebackers.

    Malast, one of Tuesday's workout players, played both inside and outside linebacker for the Bears and had 12 tackles, a sack and a forced fumble in Chicago's preseason finale before being cut. He played his college ball at Rutgers and was also in Chicago's camp in '09 as an undrafted rookie.

    Chambers is a six-year pro who has started 14 NFL regular-season games, including nine last season for Buffalo at right tackle. Harris started eight games last season as a rookie for Philadelphia, with seven starts at free safety and one at cornerback. He finished with 46 tackles but had no interceptions.

    Tuesday came and went without the Rams adding a cornerback, which means Jerome Murphy probably is the team's nickel back against Oakland unless Justin King or Kevin Dockery makes an unexpected recovery from hamstring injuries.

    After MRI exams to check potential injuries, running back Steven Jackson (knee) and wide receiver Laurent Robinson (ankle) are fine, according to team sources, and are expected to play against the Raiders.

    The Rams have reached injury settlements with offensive tackle Eric Young (knee) and safety Kevin Payne (knee), who had both been waived injured earlier this month. Both were hurt in the Baltimore preseason game. That makes Young and Payne immediately available as free agents for other teams.

    If the Rams are interested in re-signing either player, they must wait until the length of the settlement with each player, plus six additional weeks. Or in the case of both players, until November.

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    Re: No Rams-Patriots Deal On Running Back

    The merry go round has begun. Loaded with Tightends!
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