Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Practice squad carousel: Rams sign 2, cut 2

St. Louis Post-Dispatch The St. Louis Rams didn’t wait until Tuesday to tweak their roster this week. On Monday, the team added defensive tackle Chris Bradwell and linebacker K.C. Asiodu to the practice squad.

Bradwell signed with Tampa Bay in 2008 as an undrafted free agent out of Troy, and spent part of ‘08 on the Buccaneers’ practice squad. He’s 6-5, 280.

Asiodu was with the Rams in training camp and the preseason, and was on the practice squad for the first week of the ‘09 regular season.

To make room for Asiodu and Bradwell, the Rams released linebacker Lamar Myles and nose tackle Adrian Grady from the practice squad. Grady and Myles lasted just one week in St. Louis.

The Rams also had wide receiver Jordan Kent, a former Seattle Seahawks draft pick, in for a visit.

Spagnuolo makes it clear: Bulger is the No. 1 quarterback

St. Louis Post-Dispatch Coach Steve Spagnuolo made it crystal clear Monday: There will be no quarterback controversy at Rams Park. At least not this week.

Marc Bulger and Kyle Boller are both a little banged-up. Bulger is recovering from the shoulder injury he suffered Sept. 27 vs. the Packers and Boller sustained what Spagnuolo termed a “mild concussion” in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 38-10 home loss to the Vikings.

But even if both show up for practice Wednesday in the pink of health, there will be no competition for the starting job. “Marc’s the quarterback,” Spagnuolo said unequivocally.

Boller started the last two games after Bulger went down. On Sunday, he guided the offense on three drives deep into Vikings territory, but each was scuttled by a turnover. He also lost a fumble that was returned for a touchdown and threw an interception in the end zone.

After Boller was hurt, Bulger hit on all seven of his passes, including a 27-yard TD to WR Donnie Avery. Granted, Bulger was going against Minny’s defensive reserves.

“We have the luxury of two guys who know how to manage the game, two guys that the offense has confidence in,” Spagnuolo said. But make no mistake: If he’s ready, Bulger will start Sunday in Jacksonville.

Notes & quotes:

*DT Gary Gibson is done for the season after breaking his left ankle Sunday.

*The other injuries were minor: DE Chris Long (chest), TE Daniel Fells (neck), CB Justin King (bruised knee).

*Spagnuolo said S James Butler (knee) and T Jason Smith (knee) will be day-to-day. Smith dressed Sunday but didn’t play.

*In one of his best games, LT Alex Barron held Pro Bowl DE Jared Allen without a sack or a quarterback hit.

*Without Gibson, Spagnuolo indicated that the Rams might go with a three-man rotation up front, or retain their four-man rotation by adding someone, perhaps fourth-round draftee Darell Scott.

*WR Donnie Avery said he apologized to the team for his ill-timed, fourth-quarter end-zone dance following his TD catch. The Rams were trailing by 21 points at the time. “I wasn’t real fond of it,” Spagnuolo said.

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