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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
The Rams might be able to get receiver Donnie Avery back from a foot injury in time for the regular season. Here's a quick look at available veteran receivers, with potential concerns listed for each player:
Matt Jones: substance-abuse arrests.
Plaxico Burress: facing jail time on weapons charge.
Marvin Harrison: knee trouble; his gun linked to shooting.
Koren Robinson: knee trouble; alcohol-related arrests.
Reggie Williams: substance-abuse arrest.
Ashley Lelie: 21 receptions over last two seasons.
Travis Taylor: one reception over last two seasons.
Ike Hilliard: caught 47 passes last season, but is 33 years old.
Jerry Porter: missed 18 games over last three seasons.
Billy McMullen: played for Rams' coordinator Pat Shurmur; has knee issues.
Joe Jurevicius: staph infection derailed career.
Darrell Jackson: 12 receptions last season and has had knee issues.
Keary Colbert: career in decline since 2004 rookie season.
Dane Looker: Rams cut him this year.
Dante Hall: Rams cut him this year.
I'd be stunned if the Rams considered any receivers with significant off-field issues. Looking at the list, Hilliard might be the most logical consideration, if healthy.
Travel note: I wrote this item Sunday night and scheduled it to appear Monday while I was traveling to St. Louis for Rams camp. I'll revisit this item at some point Monday if the Rams sign a veteran replacement for Avery.