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LA Rams Place TE/FB Cory Harkey On IR, Promote CB Troy Hill From Practice Squad

The Rams’ human wrecking ball is done for 2016, raising questions for his future with the team.

Los Angeles Rams TE/FB Corey Harkey
Los Angeles Rams TE/FB Corey Harkey
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The Los Angeles Rams put TE/FB Cory Harkey on injured reserve today and promoted CB Troy Hill from the practice squad.

TE/FB Cory Harkey

Harkey wasn’t listed on the final game injury practice report for the Rams’ Week 14 game against the Atlanta Falcons, but did land as an inactive heading into the game. Word is that he injured his arm working out on Friday.

Harkey re-signed on a three-year deal in March, after four years of building his NFL career having come out of UCLA as an undrafted free agent through the 2012 NFL Draft. His value in Jeff Fisher’s ground-based, plodding offense was unquestioned. With Fisher now having been fired on Monday, Harkey’s role is up in the air. There might be no offensive component with more riding on the Rams’ coaching decision than Harkey.

CB Troy Hill

Filling the roster spot vacated by Harkey is CB Troy Hill who has featured throughout the season, first notably in the failurewake of free agent signing CB Coty Sensabaugh. Hill fared well enough given his tier on the depth chart, but a DUI nearly a month ago to the day was met with warranted disdain. Hill was waived soon after before being added back to the practice squad.

I’d say it’s fair to assume that his re-inclusion is largely linked to the three-game audition period the Rams are facing, both for players who could well be auditioning for the 2017 Rams but also for those who will head elsewhere throughout the NFL using the tape from these three games as resume fodder.