Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Rams Release Ojinnaka, Sign Former Bear; Notebook; New Lineman Gives Team Flexibility, Fisher Says

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Rams Release Ojinnaka, Sign Former Bear; Notebook; New Lineman Gives Team Flexibility, Fisher Says

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After Quinn Ojinnaka started four games at left guard for the Rams in Games 2-5, his time in St. Louis has come to an end.

While the rest of the team was busy watching film or making last- minute preparations for a flight to London for the game Sunday against New England, Ojinnaka found out Monday morning he had been released.

"Maybe I can start wrestling," said Ojinnaka, whose goal is to wrestle professionally under his nickname - Moose - once his NFL career is over.

Later in the day, the Rams signed offensive lineman Chris Williams to Ojinnaka's roster spot. Williams (6-6, 320) was a first- round draft pick by Chicago in 2008. He started 38 games at left tackle and left guard for the Bears but was released Oct. 16. Williams visited the Rams on Friday and accompanied the team to London on Monday evening.

"He's flexible from the standpoint that he's played all the positions, and we just think that he can help us," coach Jeff Fisher said. "Now, he's got a lot to learn. We don't know how soon or where we'll plug him in but we think he has a future here with us."

With rookie Rokevious Watkins starting slowly, Ojinnaka held down the starting job at left guard throughout training camp and the preseason. But he was released Sept. 2, only to be re-signed nine days later after the Rams lost two interior offensive linemen to injuries in the season opener in Detroit - Watkins (ankle) and Scott Wells (foot).

Ojinnaka started the next four contests but was replaced by waiver-wire pickup Shelley Smith in the starting lineup Sunday against Green Bay.

NO WELLS

Following his injury, Wells was placed on the NFL's new injured reserve-designated for return list. Under that designation, Wells is eligible to return to practice this week. Wells is making progress but isn't ready to practice. "Not yet, no," Fisher said.

Most of the team's injured players accompanied the team to London, but some are staying in St. …

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