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Donnie Avery cut as Rams reduce roster

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In 2009, Donnie Avery was emerging as a promising young receiver for the Rams. In 2010, he was lost for the year with a preseason knee injury. And in 2011, he won’t be on the team.

The Rams released Avery as they got down to the 53-man roster limit.

Other players released by the Rams were: DB Tim Atchison, TE Demarco Cosby, LB Zac Diles, DB Tae Evans, DT Marlon Favorite, T Renardo Foster, WR Mardy Gilyard, DT John Henderson, T Kevin Hughes, QB Thaddeus Lewis, WR Greg Mathews, T Ryan McKee, DT Daniel Muir, DB Jonathan Nelson, G Quinn Ojinnaka, TE Fendi Onobun, RB Chase Reynolds, DE George Selvie and RB Keith Toston.

The Rams also placed receiver Mark Clayton on Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list.

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20 Responses to “Donnie Avery cut as Rams reduce roster”
  1. fiegln says: Sep 3, 2011 7:32 PM

    Donnie Avery A Dolphins?

  2. tdrundmc says: Sep 3, 2011 7:33 PM

    josh mcdaniel must have made this decision, avery will catch on with another team.

  3. jpietrefesa says: Sep 3, 2011 7:40 PM

    Shocking that Avery would be let go

  4. docboss says: Sep 3, 2011 7:41 PM

    Good luck Donnie. Drafted too highly. Raw receiver with great speed, fair routes, fair hands. Really bad luck with injuries, but this is life in the NFL. Someone should take a chance on Donnie, perhaps the practice squad in NE. Classy guy.

  5. 4512dawg4512 says: Sep 3, 2011 7:42 PM

    Hey Donnie, coach wants to see you….. bring your playbook

  6. madenatewell says: Sep 3, 2011 7:43 PM

    That means they still saved a spot for Austin Pettis! GO BOISE STATE!

  7. jewseverywhere says: Sep 3, 2011 7:44 PM

    Haha what a bust, screw the Lambs.

  8. plundergrunge says: Sep 3, 2011 7:45 PM

    John Henderson should have never been a Ram. That image churns my stomach. Bad project.

  9. clavette says: Sep 3, 2011 7:51 PM

    suprised by selvie, guy was a first round talent before last season started. never thought JPP would be a first round pick over him.

    really thought spags could turn this guy into a beast besides long. sad to see

  10. jacunn2000 says: Sep 3, 2011 7:58 PM

    He is still richer than me. Good luck dog.

  11. sicklife1 says: Sep 3, 2011 8:01 PM

    The real story here is that the Rams cut LB Zac Diles & DE George Selvie. What kind of talent do the Rams have on the Defense if they’re cutting these type of players. Diles was a stud for the Texans last year & I heard a lot of good things about the former DE from USF Selvie. WOw, that’s shocking….But as a NY Giants fan, I wouldn’t dare question Spag’s.

  12. freedomispopular says: Sep 3, 2011 8:05 PM

    “tdrundmc says: Sep 3, 2011 7:33 PM

    josh mcdaniel must have made this decision, avery will catch on with another team”

    Yeah, since, as offensive coordinator, he has power over personnel moves. Right.

  13. phan77 says: Sep 3, 2011 8:11 PM

    Well coach Shurmer in Cleveland now…..And we need d-line, and especially WR help.

  14. billsrams04 says: Sep 3, 2011 8:11 PM

    should of kept thaddeus lewis, clearly outplayed feeley. and pettis is terrible

  15. runthroughthewall says: Sep 3, 2011 8:29 PM

    out like the IZOD

  16. stevincinci says: Sep 3, 2011 8:45 PM

    Somebody will pick up Mardy Gilyard. One heck of a return man. C’mon Bengals, pick up the hometown Bearcat.

  17. canjura says: Sep 3, 2011 10:58 PM

    As a HUGE Avery man, this one hurts. However, his skill set isn’t what is used in a Josh McD’s system and you need system players to succeed. I see him going to Chicago to play under Martz or going to Detriot to play under the HC who drafted him in Linehan. He’s going to definitely catch on elsewhere though.

  18. scudbot says: Sep 4, 2011 3:10 AM

    Not a Rams fan but I checked this post to see what St Louis did today. I see some shockers on O and a general concern about D. I know McDaniels is only the OC but this has a familiar and somewhat horrifying ring to it. If he’s influencing Spags personnel decisions much, abandon ship.

  19. ramcountry says: Sep 4, 2011 12:58 PM

    @ scud

    That’s absurd. Avery would’ve been the fifth or sixth receiver on the depth chart even if they kept him. Gilyard never showed anything at this level. The WR corps still isn’t good but the Rams haven’t really lost much.

  20. macjacmccoy says: Sep 4, 2011 5:05 PM

    He’ll end up in Arizona. He went to college with QB1 and he has said that he would love to play with him in the NFL. We’ll see if Kolb has any pull in his new home.

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