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St. Louis Roster Moves: Rams release Michael Hoomanawanui and Quinn Ojinnaka

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August 30, 2012; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Rams tight end Michael Hoomanawanui (86) scores a touchdown on a 9 yard pass against the Baltimore Ravens during the first half at the Edward Jones Dome. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-US PRESSWIRE
August 30, 2012; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Rams tight end Michael Hoomanawanui (86) scores a touchdown on a 9 yard pass against the Baltimore Ravens during the first half at the Edward Jones Dome. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-US PRESSWIRE

Howard Balzer is reporting the Rams decided to release TE Michael Hoomanawanui and Quinn Ojinnaka, who was penciled in to be the teams starting left guard.

The Rams claimed tackle Ty Nsekhe from the Colts and guard Shelly Smith from the Texans to take their place.

Both these moves come as a shock to me. Michael Hoomanawanui's is less surprising. Illinois Mike has been decent when he was on the field for the Rams. Unfortunatley for him, that wasn't that common of a occurrence and this offseason, Mike McNeil outperformed Illinois Mike.

The release of Quinn Ojinnaka is of head scratching quality. Quinn Ojinnaka wasn't exactly playing well for the Rams, but he was getting all the first team reps at LG. Moose's release could signal that Jeff Fisher is ready to turn to Rokevious Watkins to start. Watkins is certainly a better fit for the offense being the huge bulldozer that he is. Robert Turner is also an option. He played well filling in for Scott Well at center early in the preseason.

These moves and yesterday's release of Jerome Murphy and trade of Greg Salas are all very surprising and certainly controversial by the Rams. If Les Snead has shown on thing so far as St. Louis' GM is that he is fearless and bold, but a man with that great of hair must be.