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Rams Roster Update, In The Wake Of Bailey's Return

Stedman Bailey has returned, igniting a flurry of corresponding roster moves.

Joe Skipper

On Wednesday, the NFL/NFLPA announced an agreement on improvements to their policy regarding performance enhancing substances. As a result of this change in policy, Rams' wide receiver Stedman Bailey was officially reinstated to the 53-man roster yesterday:

Until Wednesday, Bailey had been on the Reserve/Suspended list, due to a four-game suspension for violating the league's policy on performance enhancing substances. His reinstatement reduced the suspension to the first two games of the regular season.

There was much speculation regarding who he would replace on the roster, following his return from suspension. The decision was made much easier - unfortunately - due to Chris Long's injury (and subsequent placement on the Injured Reserve - Designated For Return list). Following Long's injury, DT Matt Conrath was signed from the practice squad to replace him on the roster.

To make room for Bailey on the 53-man roster, Conrath was released on Monday:

On Tuesday, the Rams released LB Kevin Reddick from the practice squad, clearing the way for Conrath's return to the practice squad:

Conrath cleared waivers on Tuesday, and was subsequently added to the practice squad:

Poor Matt Conrath doesn't know whether he's coming or going these days, having been released twice in the last month.

St. Louis Rams Roster And Depth Chart
C Scott Wells Tim Barnes Barrett Jones
RG Davin Joseph
LG Rodger Saffold Greg Robinson
RT Joe Barksdale
LT Jake Long Mike Person
TE Lance Kendricks Cory Harkey
TE Jared Cook Alex Bayer
WR Tavon Austin Austin Pettis Stedman Bailey
WR Brian Quick Kenny Britt Chris Givens
RB Benny Cunningham Chase Reynolds Trey Watts
RB Zac Stacy Tre Mason
QB Shaun Hill Austin Davis Case Keenum
PK Greg Zuerlein
P John Hekker
LS Jake McQuaide
DT Kendall Langford Aaron Donald
DT Michael Brockers Alex Carrington
DE William Hayes Eugene Sims
DE Robert Quinn Ethan Westbrooks
MLB James Laurinaitis
OLB Alec Ogletree Daren Bates
OLB Jo-Lonn Dunbar Ray Ray Armstrong
CB Janoris Jenkins Brandon McGee
CB Trumaine Johnson E.J. Gaines Marcus Roberson
FS Rodney McLeod Cody Davis Lamarcus Joyner
SS T.J. McDonald Maurice Alexander
Practice Squad IR - Des. For Return Injured Reserve
OT Mike Remmers DE Chris Long TE Mason Brodine
OL Brandon Washington RB Isaiah Pead
DE Kourtnei Brown QB Sam Bradford
WR Justin Veltung OC Demetrius Rhaney
DT Matt Conrath
TE Brad Smelley
QB Garrett Gilbert
FS Christian Bryant
WR Emory Blake
LB Denicos Allen

I've updated the roster to reflect all transactions as of 11.00 pm Wednesday, September 17.

The Rams are carrying 18 offensive skill position players on the roster at this time: 3 QB's, 6 WR's, 5 RB's, and 4 TE's. In contrast, the Rams remain perilously thin at linebacker, and on the offensive line.