St. Louis Rams Promote LB Korey Toomer to Active Roster


On Tuesday, the St. Louis Rams filled the active roster spot that was vacated by left tackle Jake Long’s season-ending injury, promoting linebacker Korey Toomer from the practice squad to the active roster.

Toomer is the third new linebacker that the Rams have added to their roster in the past four games, following Will Herring and Marshall McFadden. If Toomer can crack the 46-man gameday roster, he’ll contribute to the special teams units in the same way that Herring and McFadden have.

A fifth-rounder of the Seattle Seahawks in 2012, Toomer was held back by injuries for his first two years in the league and never actually got into a regular season game for Seattle. However, he did earn a Super Bowl ring last season for being on the Seahawks’ non-football injury list.

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This year, Toomer was released by Seattle at the end of training camp and ended up on the Dallas Cowboys’ active roster. He only played in one game for Dallas before being released earlier this month, and he was signed to the Rams’ practice squad last week.

Toomer’s promotion is a clear sign that the Rams believe they need to change their approach to special teams. The team started the season with only two backup linebackers—Ray Ray Armstrong and Daren Bates—who were expected to be kingpins of the special teams units. The Rams released Armstrong after an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty in Philadelphia earlier this season, and while that move ended up improving the overall team discipline, it did decrease the efficiency of the kicking game units. We saw this on Sunday against Kansas City, when the Rams gave up an embarrassing kick return touchdown to Knile Davis.