Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Miller Starts out Training Camp with Contractive Problems Over

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Miller Starts out Training Camp with Contractive Problems Over

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Chris Miller looked fine on the practice field Monday afternoon, but he just might have been sleepwalking through drills at Rams training camp.

He has had but nine hours of sleep in the past three days, thanks to young Jessie Rose Miller. Jessie Rose just became the latest addition to the Miller family.

"My wife started having contractions early Friday morning, they started getting busier about 2:30 p.m. and we went to hospital," Miller said.

Jessie Rose reported about 1:30 Saturday morning in Bend, Ore., Miller's offseason home.

"So, needless to say we had a long day and didn't get a lot of sleep, but it was pretty exciting," Miller said.

Miller and his wife, Jennifer, also have a son, Dillon, who celebrated his first birthday July 9.

After his wife and daughter checked out of the hospital, Miller took off for St. Louis, missing only the Monday morning practice at Parkway Central High.

"I was tired, but it was the type of pace that was good - more relaxed and kind of easing into things and getting guys used to the humidity and the air," Miller said.

Miller's next look at Jessie Rose will come on Aug. 5, when the Rams play at preseason game at Seattle. The family will move to St. Louis until mid-August.

A Big Red Ram: Former St. Louis and Phoenix Cardinals player Ron Wolfley has signed a free agent contract with the Rams and was on the field for Monday's afternoon practice.

Wolfley, 6 feet and 230 pounds, played for the Big Red from 1985 to 1991, Cleveland in '92 and '93 and Cleveland and Buffalo in '94.

"This is an extremely solid NFL player," general manager Steve Ortmayer said. "He has participated on the Pro Bowl level on special teams. He has shown that he is a very accomplished lead blocker for the running game, and that's something we're not sure we have."

Wolfley, a 10-year veteran, has made four Pro Bowls as a special teams player.

Wallace Cuts Ties: Bob Wallace, the Rams' newly named vice president-administration, said he was informing the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday that as of the end of the day, he would no longer help out on their rookie contracts.

"I just have too much to do here," he said.

Wallace agreed to help the Eagles sign their rookie draft picks after taking the Rams job late last month, spurring charges of a conflict of interest by some.

He signed seven of the Eagles' nine draft picks, including No. 1 draft pick Mike Mamula over the weekend.

"My present to (Eagles coach) Ray Rhodes was getting Mamula signed on time," Wallace said. …

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