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Random Ramsdom, 6/9: Bruce hangs it up; Rams acquire DT Chris Hovan

Good morning football fans. Forgive me if I don't have a snappy line. Let's dive right in and take a look at all things St. Louis Rams today.


Today the team's press conference featuring franchise legend Isaac Bruce. The receiver who made the trip from LA to STL is back again to announce his retirement. He'll participate in a live online chat at 2:30 p.m. today.

The Rams picked up a DT. Chris Hovan became expendable when Tampa Bay drafted Gerald McCoy this year. Hovan, 32, spent the last five years with the Buccaneers, missing just two games during that time. At least he's durable. 

The PD has a closer look at a couple of undrafted rookie receivers in camp with the Rams this year. Dominique Curry and Brandon McRae, both big guys, will try to break camp with the team this year. The final roster will only have 5-6 receivers so the odds are already tough for both. Barring injury, Donnie Avery, Laurent Robinson, Brandon GIbson, Mardy Gilyard seem to be locks, with Danny Amendola having a leg up in the competition. Brooks Foster and Keenan Burton also have some time in the system, but by no means have their spots guaranteed. 

A St. Louis elementary school got a new playground yesterday with a little help from the Rams, who took a break from practice to build it.

With Spagnuolo sounding confident in the Rams' chances of bringing back Oshiomogho Atogwe, it's looking more and more like the front office's gamble paid off. It just have easily could have backfired and it's not over yet. 

 Labor disputes are always complicated affairs. The NFL's looming CBA battle is no exception. Keep an eye on the situation developing with the NFL Alumni Association, the group representing retired players. They're demanding a better deal for former players, most of whom are not the guys with multi-million dollar deals. George Martin of the Alumni Association took a shot at NFLPA director DeMaurice Smith yesterday, accusing the union of smoke of mirrors.