Tuesday was a busy day at Rams Camp, with a ton of roster shuffling in preparation for Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears. To start, St. Louis was forces to add Rokevious Watkins to Injury Reserve, tagging him as the second starting, interior linemen to go down. His ankle injury was reported early last week, when he was seen manning the sidelines of practice on crutches, but the severity of the injury was no readily known until now. Rok was pretty upset via Twitter,
That’s tough man. That’s real tough………
— Rokevious Watkins(@Rok_Watkins) September 18, 2012
It is a bit disappointing that Watkins only got enjoy the limelight for a couple of quarters against the Detroit Lions, but we all wish him a quick, healthy return. With Watkins and Wells on IR, the Rams will be looking thin at the OL position, at least until Week 7 when the new rules allow the return of Wells to the active roster.
Coinciding the Watkins placement on IR is the return of Austin Pettis to the Rams roster. Many thought the the RGIII-impressionist, Terrence Ganaway would be released to make room for the return of Pettis, but now his spot should be safe on the active roster… for now. Quintin Pointer was released late last week in order to make room for Tim Barnes on the active roster to backup Turner at center. Luckily, Pointer has cleared waivers and St. Louis, as expected, signed him to their practice squad. Brandon Harvey, who had served as the lone wide receiver on the Rams practice squad was released today.
In news unrelated to the Rams current roster, a couple of former players have moved on and off teams. Jerome Murphy has been signed to the Detroit Lions, after going through a wild series of events. Murphy was surprisingly dropped by the Rams during the final 53-man roster cuts, but was quickly snatched up by the New Orleans Saints. Murphy was just cut by the 0-2 Saints, and now can hopefully find a home in Detroit amidst their ailing secondary.
Patriots release WR Greg Salas, a fourth-round pick in 2011 by the Rams, per Mike Reiss, ESPNBoston.
— Jim Thomas (@jthom1) September 18, 2012
After an underwhelming preseason, Salas was traded to New England in exchange for late-rounder in 2015. It appears that the Rams made out well in the deal with the release of Greg Salas today from the Patriots’ active roster. Salas was a non-factor in New England, and after the injury to Hernandez and the pick-up of Kellen Winslow and re-signing of Deion Branch today, he appears to be the odd man out. There is no speculation to whether he is back on the Rams radar, but, regardless, Salas will find his way to a roster soon rather than later.