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Where Rams stand after cuts to 75

August, 27, 2012
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Receiver Danario Alexander was among the St. Louis Rams players let go Monday as the team reduced to 75 players per NFL rules.

A big-play threat with chronic knee trouble, Alexander received a waived/injured designation. That means he'll revert to injured reserve upon clearing waivers or become a free agent if the team reaches an injury settlement with him.

Injury settlements can involve the team paying a negotiated rate less than the player's salary for that season. The player then becomes a free agent once he's healthy, allowing him to play again that season. In that case, the Rams could consider re-signing him.

Brandon Gibson, Brian Quick, Chris Givens, Danny Amendola, Steve Smith and Greg Salas are the receivers I consider most likely to stick on the initial 53-man roster. Austin Pettis will not count against the 53-man limit while serving the remaining two games of a four-game suspension.

There were no surprise moves among the Rams' cuts, but depth at defensive tackle took a hit when Trevor Laws landed on injured reserve with a partial tear in his patella. Michael Brockers and Kendall Langford are the starters. The team added William Hayes in free agency. Undrafted free agent Matt Conrath has played extensively in the preseason.

The chart shows positional counts for the Rams at the 75-man roster deadline. The team must cut to 53 players by Friday.

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