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Rams Roster Update: In The Wake Of Long's Return

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A month has passed since the Rams' last roster transaction. The promotion of TE Justice Cunningham, and Chris Long's activation from IR, will change the composition of the Rams' 53-man roster this weekend.

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A month ago, the Rams made 18 roster moves in one week, necessitated by the season-ending injuries to Jake Long and Brian Quick, plus the acquisition of Mark Barron. It's been eerily quiet since then. Not one roster move was made in the last month, until Tuesday of this week.

In a seemingly innocuous move, the Rams released WR Damian Williams, and signed TE Justice Cunningham from the practice squad to take Williams' place on the 53-man roster. According to Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, another team was interested in signing Cunningham. The Rams prevented that from happening. Interestingly enough, the move leaves the Rams with only 4 WR's - and 5 TE's - on the 53-man roster.

The Rams could be thinking beyond this season. Lance Kendricks and Cory Harkey are eligible for free agency in 2015. Losing both would leave the Rams with depth issues at the position. The Rams could lose both of their best blocking TE's (Cunningham's forte).

As expected, the Rams activated DE Chris Long from Injured Reserve/Designated For Return on Saturday afternoon. NFL.com Insider Ian Rapoport was the first to report the news:

The Rams had until 3:00 pm ET Saturday to activate Long for Sunday's game against the Raiders. To make room for Long's return to the 53-man roster, the Rams released LB Marshall McFadden. McFadden will likely be signed to the Rams' practice squad after he clears waivers. There's one opening available on the practice squad, resulting from the Rams signing Justice Cunningham to the 53-man roster earlier in the week.

St. Louis Rams Current Roster And Depth Chart

C Scott Wells Barrett Jones Tim Barnes
RG Davin Joseph Brandon Washington
LG Rodger Saffold
RT Joe Barksdale
LT Greg Robinson Mike Person
TE Lance Kendricks Cory Harkey Justice Cunningham
TE Jared Cook Alex Bayer
WR Kenny Britt Chris Givens
WR Tavon Austin Stedman Bailey
RB Tre Mason Chase Reynolds Trey Watts
RB Benny Cunningham Zac Stacy
QB Shaun Hill Austin Davis
PK Greg Zuerlein
P John Hekker
LS Jake McQuaide
DT Aaron Donald Kendall Langford
DT Michael Brockers Alex Carrington
DE Chris Long William Hayes
DE Robert Quinn Eugene Sims Ethan Westbrooks
MLB James Laurinaitis Korey Toomer
OLB Alec Ogletree Daren Bates
OLB Jo-Lonn Dunbar Will Herring
CB Janoris Jenkins Marcus Roberson
CB Trumaine Johnson E.J. Gaines Lamarcus Joyner
SS T.J. McDonald Mark Barron Maurice Alexander
FS Rodney McLeod Cody Davis
Practice Squad Injured Reserve
QB Case Keenum QB Sam Bradford
OT Steven Baker RB Isaiah Pead
OG Travis Bond TE Mason Brodine
TE Brad Smelley OC Demetrius Rhaney
WR Emory Blake LT Jake Long
WR Devon Wylie WR Brian Quick
DT Matt Conrath CB Brandon McGee
CB Jemea Thomas
FS Christian Bryant