The St. Louis Rams have cut seven players as the coaches work to winnow down the roster from 90 to 75 players ahead of Tuesday's deadline. Two more players are expected to count toward the roster limits because of injuries.
As Rams complete 1st round of cuts, OG Ryan Lee (knee) and OL Graham Pocic (shoulder/labrum) appear headed to either waived/injured or IR.— Jim Thomas (@jthom1) August 26, 2013
If the team opts for injured reserve, Lee and Pocic can stay with the team, but are finished for the season. Lee played 58 snaps at right guard through three preseason games. He was injured last Saturday against Denver. Pocic played 22 snaps at left guard against Green Bay.
Both players seemed like a long shot to make the final roster. However, if the Rams do opt to keep them around on IR, they could come back next year, knowledgable about the system and competing for spots on the roster all over again.
In other injury news, tight end Cory Harkey could be lost for a month, according to the Post-Dispatch. He fractured his leg last week against the Broncos after a solid effort with the first team. Harkey's been filling in for Lance Kendricks, getting some extra snaps as an inline tight end as well as a fullback.
If you count the expected moves with Pocic and Lee, the Rams have shaved nine players off the 90-man roster.