The St. Louis Rams made a roster move today, releasing rookie linebacker Jabara Williams. The move most likely foreshadows another move or two yet to come as the Rams shuffle their roster in the wake of another injury filled week. What could this move signal?
Wide receiver Mark Clayton and cornerback Marquis Johnson are both eligible to return to the active roster right now. Both are expected to be added to the active roster from the PUP list. The Rams really need Johnson after Justin King suffered a groin injury against Dallas. King is expected to miss practice today, and could be out even longer. Releasing Williams frees up one roster spot, but will need to make one more to free up space for both Clayton and Johnson.
A seventh-round pick from Stephen F. Austin, a division II school in Texas, Williams had yet to see much playing time beyond special teams. Athletic but raw, Williams made a favorable impression in camp, favorable enough that it convinced the Rams to let veteran free agent Zac Diles walk. Williams will be eligible for the practice squad if he clears waivers.
None of the three players drafted by the Rams in the seventh round this year are still with the team. Injuries have forced the Rams to sacrifice some of their younger players in rounding out the roster.
Another move might be coming with offensive tackle Jason Smith's status still up in the air. Besides a concussion, Smith is being evaluated for additional damage to his neck. Adam Goldberg replaces him in the lineup, but it leaves the Rams thin on the outside. They have OT Kevin Hughes on the practice squad now.