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Rams place Chris Hovan on injured reserve

The St. Louis Rams announced Friday that they have placed defensive tackle Chris Hovan on injured reserve, ending his season.

Hovan, 32, was nagged by persistent back pain in camp.  The 11th-year veteran signed with the Rams as a free agent two months ago.  Hovan was released by the Bucs in late April after a poor season.  As the nose tackle in the Bucs’ Tampa Two scheme, Hovan was supposed to be the team’s top run defender.  The Bucs ranked dead last in the league in run defense.
If Hovan overcomes the back problems later on, he could be released with an injury settlement and sign elsewhere.
The Rams will move forward with Gary Gibson, Dorell Scott, and swing end-tackle Victor Adeyanju behind projected starters Clifton Ryan and Fred Robbins.
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7 Responses to “Rams place Chris Hovan on injured reserve”
  1. Real Football Fan says: Aug 6, 2010 7:06 PM

    The Rams will move forward with Gary Gibson, Dorell Scott, and swing end-tackle Victor Adeyanju behind projected starters Clifton Ryan and Fred Robbins.

  2. Ram_Country says: Aug 6, 2010 10:57 PM

    @RFF
    That the best you got? Those four guys are actually pretty decent. It’s unfortunate for Hovan but the guy wasn’t going to be a starter here.

  3. Bwa Ha Ha says: Aug 6, 2010 11:23 PM

    Collectin’ the check

  4. Real Football Fan says: Aug 7, 2010 4:11 AM

    Ram_Country,
    They’re pretty good? I know you have to be a die hard fan to delude yourself to say that. I’ve never thought Hovan was good, he had one decent season in Tampa, but the other guys there don’t invoke confidence unless you’re drinking the Kool-Aid. And I’m very familiar with your team, my brother lives in St. Louis, so I hear enough about their terrible roster from him and my nephew.

  5. Ram_Country says: Aug 7, 2010 7:30 AM

    I said “decent”, meaning adequate. Your “familiarity” is based on second hand observations. Each one of the aforementioned players had their moments last year defending the run and getting into the backfield, they’ll do their job.

  6. brasho says: Aug 7, 2010 8:14 AM

    One problem Saliva, the Bucs only ran the Tampa-2 for the last 6 games last season and Hovan was the NT in only the those last 6 games. Before that he was asked to be a 2-gap DT lining up over the OG (which he clearly was not suited for) and like the rest of the Bucs defenders, he was clearly overmatched. When he went back to NT and the Bucs went back to the T-2, he and the rest of the defense played much better (17.6 points per game in the last 6 including a 20-17 win over the eventual Super Bowl Champion Saints).

  7. Slow Joe says: Aug 7, 2010 9:31 AM

    What brasho said.

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