The St. Louis Rams re-signed wide receiver Mark Clayton today. That decision required a corresponding roster move to keep them at the 80-man limit. CB Jerome Murphy was placed on injured reserve, ending his 2011 season, to make room for Clayton. Devaney and the front office did not stop there either.
CB Marquis Johnson was added to the PUP list. A seventh-round pick last year, Johnson never saw action in training camp, recovering from offseason knee surgery. He will be eligible to return after week six. With a great deal of successful experience as a nickel corner during his playing days at Alabama, the Rams must have enough faith in Johnson to see what he can offer later this season and beyond.
Taking Johnson's spot on the roster is DT Marlon Favorite, an undrafted rookie in 2009 who played his college ball at LSU. Wait, he played his college ball at LSU? That means 3k ought to know something about the guy. Since being signed and released as a UDFA by the Panthers in 2009, Favorite has been on pretty much every roster in the league, so it seems. He spent a week on the Rams' practice squad in 2009, so the team at least knows what they're getting.
UPDATE: Clayton is on the PUP list for now, according to Howard Balzer at 101 ESPN. The Rams will have to decide by Saturday's roster deadline whether or not he stays there until week 6. If he does start the season on the PUP, he can't start practicing until week 6, remember. Players on the PUP cannot be activated or begin practicing until week 6. Once players resume practice, the team has three weeks to activate them.