The St. Louis Rams have started the tough business of trimming the roster. Three players have been released so far, as far as the cuts that have been reported.
A few Rams cuts trickling in: TE Philip Lutzenkirchen, OL Brandon Washington being released today.— Nick Wagoner (@nwagoner) August 30, 2013
Rams release DE R.J. Washington, undrafted rookie from Oklahoma.— Jim Thomas (@jthom1) August 30, 2013
And another Rams cut: OT D.J. Young.— Nick Wagoner (@nwagoner) August 30, 2013
CB Drew Thomas and WR Nick Johnson released by Rams. Johnson had TD catch last night.— Jim Thomas (@jthom1) August 30, 2013
Rams release DE/LB Sammy Brown, who was out most of training camp/preseason w/calf injury.— Jim Thomas (@jthom1) August 30, 2013
Rams release rookie safety Rashard Hall.— Jim Thomas (@jthom1) August 30, 2013
There aren't really any surprises on that list of players, but it's a tough break for all of them. Those cuts match our predicted 53-man roster from Thursday.
St. Louis has to cut 22 players by 6:00 p.m. ET on Saturday to get down to the mandated roster limits. The Rams have some flexibility thanks to a pair of suspended players: Isaiah Pead for Week 1 and Jo-Lonn Dunbar for the first four weeks of the season. They don't count against the roster during their suspension.
During Thursday's game, Torry Holt revealed in the broadcast booth that he had been told that the Rams would only keep five receivers on the roster. They're down to six receivers now, with Justin Veltung still hanging onto the sixth spot. A late addition this month after Seattle let him go, Veltung has been working with special teams