St. Louis Rams Release Damian Williams, Promote Justice Cunningham


The St. Louis Rams made a roster move on Tuesday afternoon, releasing wide receiver Damian Williams and signing tight end Justice Cunningham from the practice squad to the active roster.

Williams, who was signed to serve as the Rams’ fifth wide receiver following a season-ending injury to starter Brian Quick in Week 8, did not have a very memorable career with the team. The 26-year-old, who began the season with the Miami Dolphins after spending the previous four years with the Tennessee Titans, dressed for two games, only seeing action on special teams. He missed the past two games with a hamstring injury, leaving the Rams with only Kenny Britt, Stedman Bailey, Chris Givens, and Tavon Austin as healthy receivers.

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Cunningham, a second-year player from South Carolina, began the season on the active roster but was released with an injury settlement before the opener after suffering a high ankle sprain in the preseason finale. After returning to full health, Cunningham joined the practice squad in late October. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch‘s Jim Thomas reported Tuesday that another team was interested in signing Cunningham to their active roster, but the Rams liked him enough that they were willing to free up a spot and add him to their own.

Cunningham will be the fifth tight end on the Rams’ active roster, joining Jared Cook, Lance Kendricks, Alex Bayer, and Cory Harkey, who also spends a lot of time in the backfield as a fullback. It should be interesting to see if Cunningham, who showed himself to be an adept special-teamer in the preseason, is part of the 46-man active roster on game days. The Rams already dressed their other four tight ends in last week’s loss to San Diego.