Rams Day 17 Camp Report

ST. LOUIS — The Rams officially closed out training camp on Wednesday afternoon with a hot and humid practice session highlighted by the attendance of two area football teams from McCluer and McCluer North high schools.

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The biggest news from on the field, as it has been much of the last week or so, was that players who have been injured recently took steps toward returning to regular practice action and possibly even being able to play in the Rams’ third preseason game, on Saturday in Cleveland.

Middle linebacker James Laurinaitis, who has been hampered by an ankle injury, was the latest player working his way closer and closer to a full-time return to the field. He took part in 7-on-7 work on Wednesday but was held out of the 11-on-11 team portion of practice.

“I don’t rest very well,” Laurinaitis said. “It’s not one of my attributes. I don’t like it. It felt good to be out there and I would assume we do a little more tomorrow and just keep phasing back in.”

Laurinaitis, who is entering his sixth season, said he feels good and actually feels like he has fresh legs, which is one of the positives to come from the veteran linebacker missing several days of practice time.

• In non-injury related news, the Rams waived/injured running back Isaiah Pead on Wednesday. Pead tore his ACL in the loss to the Packers on Saturday. The transaction does not mean that Pead is gone from the Rams. If he clears waivers, which is expected, he would rejoin the team and be placed on injured reserve.

• The NFL recently announced it has increased the size of the practice squad from eight players to 10. Fisher was asked about that after practice.

“It gives us an opportunity to develop two additional players and everybody else,” he said. “So it adds players to the pool, the developmental pool, which will be good. It’ll give us some flexibility as far as the decision is concerned.”

• Among the players who did not practice on Wednesday because of injuries were linebackers Jo-Lonn Dunbar, Sammy Brown and Pat Schiller and cornerbacks Brandon McGee and E.J. Gaines.

• Cornerback Darren Woodard returned to practice and, if he is available Saturday, would figure to get plenty of work if McGee and Gaines are out.

• There weren’t a lot of highlights from practice on Wednesday, but wide receiver Chris Givens snagged two nice passes during one-on-one drills. He burned Trumaine Johnson down the right sideline for a touchdown and then later beat rookie Lamarcus Joyner on a nice route downfield. Tavon Austin also got the better of Joyner during the one-on-one work.

Phillip Steward, who is competing for one of the final roster spots at linebacker, had a nice interception of a pass intended for Alex Bayer during 7-on-7 drills. Rookie Greg Reid also grabbed an interception a few moments later.

• While training camp is officially over, the Rams return to the practice field on Thursday evening for their final session in St. Louis before traveling to Cleveland on Friday.

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