St. Louis Rams Add WR Damian Williams to Active Roster, Release CB Jemea Thomas and WR Kadron Boone


The St. Louis Rams made yet another set of roster moves on Wednesday afternoon, signing free agent wide receiver Damian Williams to the active roster, releasing cornerback Jemea Thomas and cutting wideout Kadron Boone from the practice squad. With this set of moves, the Rams have now made 14 transactions in just over 24 hours, and there are still two more to make, as the release of Boone means there are two open spots on the practice squad.

Williams is a fifth-year player out of USC. He was taken in the third round by the Tennessee Titans in 2010 and played there for four years before signing with the Miami Dolphins this offseason. He was released, signed again, and then cut for a second time by Miami this year. The 6-foot-1, 200-pounder has 107 career catches for 1,327 yards and five touchdowns. He had one catch for 14 yards this season with the Dolphins.

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The release of Thomas is likely a sign that cornerbacks Trumaine Johnson and Janoris Jenkins will return to the lineup this week. Johnson, an expected starter, has missed the entire season to this point while recovering from a sprained MCL suffered in the preseason, while Jenkins missed last week’s game with a knee injury suffered in the Rams’ victory over the Seattle Seahawks. That will probably leave last week’s starters, rookies E.J. Gaines and Marcus Roberson, to handle the nickel duties if the Rams need their primary nickelback, Lamarcus Joyner, to start at free safety. Joyner, who had only seen action at cornerback this season, was pressed into duty at his college position of safety after starter Rodney McLeod and backup Cody Davis both suffered injuries against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Boone, a rookie out of LSU, had been signed to the practice squad last week. With the signing of Williams, the Rams retain what seems to be their preferred balance of seven wide receivers.