St. Louis Rams Sign OT Steven Baker to Practice Squad


The St. Louis Rams added reinforcements to their practice squad on Tuesday, adding offensive tackle Steven Baker to the mix. The Rams needed to add at least one lineman, and probably will need to add more before practice tomorrow, because of a series of unfortunate events that have occurred on the offensive line during the past few days.

Left tackle Jake Long went down with a season-ending torn ACL on Sunday, while center Scott Wells and guard Rodger Saffold suffered injuries that are currently believed to be less significant than Long’s. On Tuesday morning, the Rams lost practice squad lineman Mike Remmers when he signed to the Carolina Panthers’ active roster. Considering that backup center Tim Barnes has missed the past two weeks and is no sure thing to be back this week, that could leave the Rams with as few as seven healthy offensive linemen for this week if no one other than Baker is brought in.

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Baker, a third-year player from East Carolina, fits the typical mold of a Jeff Fisher developmental tackle. Like players such as Ty Nsekhe, Sean Hooey, and Mitchell Van Dyk who have passed through the system during Fisher’s tenure with the Rams, Baker possesses tremendous size at 6-foot-8 and 310 pounds. He’s bounced around to several training camp rosters and practice squads during his three years in the league, spending time with the Indianapolis Colts, Arizona Cardinals, Kansas City Chiefs, Arizona Cardinals, and Miami Dolphins. He has never spent time on an active roster or played in a regular season game.