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Sunday, October 16, 2011
Rams bench Sims-Walker, Leber vs. Pack

By Mike Sando

Mike Sims-Walker never appeared on the St. Louis Rams' injury report this week.

The team named him inactive Sunday purely on the merits after the veteran receiver dropped three passes, including one for a potential touchdown, during a 17-10 defeat to the Washington Redskins' in the Rams' most recent game.

Rookie receivers Austin Pettis and Greg Salas are both active for the Rams. Danario Alexander is starting in Sims-Walker's place opposite Brandon Gibson.

The Rams' inactive list against Green Bay was also significant as it applied to the team's situation at linebacker and in the secondary. Starting linebacker Ben Leber is inactive, meaning Chris Chamberlain will start. Veteran cornerback Rod Hood, signed during the bye week after the team lost Bradley Fletcher to a knee injury, is not active for this game. Justin King, Al Harris, Josh Gordy and Brian Jackson are the active corners.

Leber, formerly of the Minnesota Vikings, would presumably have a good feel for the Packers.