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Friday, October 23, 2009
Avery, Butler participate fully for Rams

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

The Rams needed positive news on the injury front and they apparently got it Friday.

Receiver Donnie Avery and safety James Butler both participated fully in practice. The team is listing them as probable for Sunday.

Avery's presence is critical for the Rams' offense. Getting the ball to him could be tough given how the Colts rush the passer, but Avery does have the potential to pose a downfield threat. Nothing about the Rams' downfield passing game threatens opposing defenses when Avery is unavailable.

Avery has averaged 15.7, 17.4 and 17.0 yards per reception in his last three games. His per-catch averages were 7.7, 4.0 and 4.0 in the first three games.

A hip injury sidelined Avery for most of the Rams' game against the Jaguars in Week 6. Avery has a touchdown reception in each of his last two games.