How will LA Rams shuffle their roster deck this time?

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Here we go, the moment we all have been waiting for. Er.. dreaded? Wait, you don’t know what this is all about? Well perhaps I should back this up a bit, shouldn’t I?  The LA Rams’ active 53-man roster is at 53 players.  The team’s 16 man roster is at 15 players. But the LA Rams have designated both outside linebacker Ogbonnia Okoronkwo and offensive lineman Tremayne Anchrum to return from Injured Reserve. That starts the clock. The team has 21 days to activate each player.

Doing a bit of quick and dirty math, the numbers don’t add up. The team will need to clear two active roster spots, and if they intend to move both to the practice squad, they will need to clear one practice squad spot. That’s a lot of shuffling to make the roster fit under the prescribed NFL limits.

The problem? The Rams risk losing players via the NFL waiver wire at each and every occasion that they waive a player. Right now, there are a lot of teams that would love to claim any number of potentially waived players.  So what does this do? Well designating both Obo and Anchrum allows both players to return to practice with the team. The Rams now have 21 days to place both on the active roster.

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Since the team is saturated with 53 players, I don’t know that the team will rush to get either player activated for Week 4. The Rams have already entered practice to face the Arizona Cardinals, and the team may simply go with the players currently on the roster. There is some indication that the team will be more reluctant to activate offensive lineman Tremayne Anchrum. But due to the pressing need at outside linebacker, patience may be a luxury the Rams cannot afford right now.