By Rams Nation's Howard Balzer
The Rams officially placed defensive end Keith Washington on waivers Saturday, by reaching an injury settlement and thus reducing the current roster to 70 players. Washington injured his ankle soon after being signed by the Rams on July 30.
It is believed the Rams continue to negotiate injury settlements with tight end Alonzo Cunningham (hamstring) and wide receiver Anthony Tucker (groin), both of whom were not at practice Saturday. Even though both players have been injured for several weeks, they normally at least attended practice.
Several injured players returned to practice Saturday for work in helmets and shells:
*Defensive tackle Damione Lewis (foot) was very active and participated in numerous team segments, as did safeties Rich Coady (ankle) and Steve Bellisari (knee). "I was pleased to see D-Lew doing that work," coach Mike Martz said. "But we don't want to overdo it and do too much too soon."
*Safety Kim Herring (abdominal muscle) did his first extensive work since playing against Tennessee Aug. 10.
*Wide receiver Ricky Proehl (hamstring) was back in a limited role, doing mostly running. Wide receiver Terrence Wilkins (ribs) also did some limited work in practice.
Meanwhile, rookie guard Travis Scott did not practice because of a shoulder injury. Also not practicing were quarterback Jamie Martin (shoulder), safety Nick Sorensen (thigh), fullback James Hodgins (foot),
defensive tackle Ryan Pickett (knee), defensive end Leonard Little (thigh) and wide receiver Eric Crouch (thigh).
Rams medical personnel are encouraged by how Little's thigh has improved, but it will still be another three or four days until it is known whether he can beat the first prognosis of being out two weeks. It is believed that Little did not sustain tissue damage to the muscle, which has been the problem with Crouch's recovery. Crouch suffered his injury against Tennessee. "Leonard feels good, the leg is much better," Martz said.