Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Rams' Pinkney Stews over "Disrepectful' Treatment

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Rams' Pinkney Stews over "Disrepectful' Treatment

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Count wide receiver-tight end Lovell Pinkney as the unhappiest of unhappy campers in the Rams' locker room Sunday after their season-ending loss to Miami.

Pinkney said he was told by the Rams' coaching staff that he would play at tight end Sunday. But Pinkney said he participated in only three plays near the end of the game .

"I feel like they used me to motivate Troy Drayton," Pinkney said. "And that's something they shouldn't have done. If they wanted Troy Drayton motivated, they should have talked to him themselves. Don't use me like that - it's disrespectful.

Drayton is the Rams' starting tight end. Pinkney, a rookie from the University of Texas, said he spent one day practicing at wide receiver last week, then spent the rest of the week at tight end.

"They were telling me how much I was going to play," Pinkney said. "That's not right. If they want Drayton motivated, talk to him. We're grown men; don't use me."

Pinkney threw a tantrum near the end of the game, and declined to go into the game in the waning moments of play.

It was that kind of season for Pinkney, who came into training camp with a fair amount of hype and plenty of potential, but caught only one pass this season.

"You have coach (Rich) Brooks come out and make some statements like he did earlier in the season," Pinkney said. "He said I wasn't consistent and I had dropped passes. Well, (bleep), all our wide receivers had dropped them all year. We had guys dropping the football, we had guys fumbling the (bleep) football.

"That's not right. I don't know what it's going to take for them to give me a shot and let me prove that I can play. I'm not being a selfish player, but I'm not the type of player that needs to be on the bench."

Injury Update: The Rams barely made it to the end of the season with enough healthy defensive backs. Starting cornerback Anthony Parker missed the second half because of a neck injury, and was replaced by Dexter Davis.

That meant the Rams ended the game with only six able-bodied defensive backs. …

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