August 18, 2012; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Rams offensive tackle Quinn Ojinnaka (69) defends against Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Ropati Pitoitua (77) in the second half at the Edward Jones Dome. The Rams won 31-17. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-US PRESSWIRE

Benched Left Guard Quinn Ojinnaka Released By The St. Louis Rams


Jim Thomas is reporting that that Quinn Ojinnaka has been released by the St. Louis Rams this morning, following an unfortunate series of events over the past couple of games,

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After allowing two sacks on the left side of the line, and having two costly penalties against the Miami Dolphins in Week 6, the Rams benched Ojinnaka in favor of Shelley Smith, a player with no NFL experience outside of the preseason.

Ojinnaka was orinigally release by St. Louis before the start of the regular season, opting for Rob Turner and rookie Rokevious Watkins to battle for the open guard spot on the offensive line. After the injury to Scott Wells in the season opener, Rob Turner moved over to center, and Watkins got his first taste of the NFL. His experience was short lived, after showing up the following week at practice on crutches, and being placed on IR shortly after. Ojinnaka was the clear go-to man in the Rams desperation, having worked in the offensive system for the entire offseason, and being available after clearing waivers with no takers.

He may find his way to a team in need of some depth towards the end of the season, but this cut could very well be the end of Ojinnaka’s NFL career. Best of luck to “Moose,” cheers to your service in St. Louis and to a hopefully bright future.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/nick55wong Nick Wong-Pickles

    THANK GOD, damn he was horrible