That makes 10. The Rams placed cornerback Marquis Johnson on IR with a lacerated spleen on Tuesday, making him the 10th corner to go on IR for the Rams this season. Johnson spent the night in the hospital with what was originally called an abdominal strain, but tests revealed the actual injury. According to doctors, Johnson will not need surgery but will need rest and recovery. It’s a tough break for a guy who hasn’t been able to catch one so far in his career. I thought he did a decent job this season when he was out there, and he certainly looked better than he did last year in the preseason. Hopefully he will recover fully and give it another go next season.
To fill the empty roster spot, the team signed offensive lineman Thomas Welch off Buffalo’s practice squad. Welch has some NFL experience, as he played a handful of games with the New England Patriots earlier this season and made one start for them. He’s a big boy, so hopefully he can make an impact on the line this week. The team also added CB Kendrick Burney to the practice squad to fill the spot vacated when Kevin Hughes was promoted to active duty last week. Burney is a rookie out of North Carolina, and he spent training camp with the Carolina Panthers.