NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport is reporting that the Los Angeles Rams have waived WR Bradley Marquez now that he has come off of the injured reserve list:
#Rams release special teams ace Bradley Marquez off their IR. He's 100% healthy and can’t sign with the #Rams the rest of this season.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 6, 2017
This isn’t the first time he’s been waived by the Rams, but will be the last, or at least this season as he can’t sign with the Rams again.
Having dealt with a knee injury all throughout training camp, Marquez was placed on the IR for most of the season. Making the Rams roster in 2015, Marquez was an undrafted free agent after a modest collegiate career at Texas Tech.
In total, Marquez played 30 games with the Rams with 16 receptions and 125 yards. Most of his playing time was with the special teams unit where he was very effective before he suffered a knee injury in Week 15 of the 2016 season.
WR Mike Thomas had been battling with Marquez for the last wide receiver roster spot at the beginning of the season when he was waived and then placed on the injured reserve after clearing waivers. Now that Marquez is healthy, his services are no longer needed. With the emergence of WR Pharoh Cooper on special teams, this move makes sense.
However, Marquez was a fan favorite. Hopefully he catches on with another team, just not one in the NFC west.