NFL roundup: Rams release Holt

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The Rams released wide receiver Torry Holt on Friday, parting ways with one of the last remaining holdovers from St. Louis' "Greatest Show on Turf" glory days.

The move came three days after St. Louis released offensive tackle Orlando Pace, another mainstay from the era when the Rams won their only Super Bowl title and lost another on the final play. Holt and Pace are seven-time Pro Bowl selections.

Holt is 32 and Pace is 33. Combined, the moves created $14 million in cap space. Holt was due a $1.25-million roster bonus Tuesday. The team is trying to get younger as it rebuilds after going 3-13 in 2007 and 2-14 in 2008.

Holt ranks 11th in league history with 869 receptions and 14th with 12,660 receiving yards.

Only defensive end Leonard Little and quarterback Marc Bulger remain from the team that lost the 2002 Super Bowl to the New England Patriots.

Cards' D-coordinator moves to ChiefsClancy Pendergast, the defensive coordinator for Arizona's run to last season's Super Bowl, was hired as defensive coordinator for Kansas City. Pendergast joins Chiefs head coach Todd Haley, who was the Cardinals' offensive coordinator in 2008.

Reports: NFL improves control of infectionsTwo independent infectious disease experts who inspected seven NFL facilities reported Thursday that the incidence of MRSA infections in the league is low and steadily declining.

The report also said NFL teams are doing an excellent job preventing and treating MRSA staph infections.

Agent says Ravens likely to release RolleThe Baltimore Ravens are expected to release former Pro Bowl cornerback Samari Rolle in the next few days, the player's agent said.

After Baltimore signed free agent Domonique Foxworth, Rolle figured his playing time with the Ravens would be limited. So he asked the team to grant him his release, and the Ravens are expected to comply.

Northcutt faces suit for arranging beatingA Los Angeles judge has refused to throw out part of a lawsuit claiming Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Dennis Northcutt arranged the beating of his pregnant ex-girlfriend.

Northcutt's attorneys lost their bid to have a Superior Court judge dismiss a claim of negligent hiring — one of several allegations made in the suit by Sharri Henry. She contends Northcutt sent his cousin to a Hollywood club last May to hit her in the face and disfigure her.

ElsewhereEleven banners from the Steelers' Super Bowl victory parade were stolen from the Pittsburgh Public Works garage. Director Guy Costa said workers found only two signs in the storage area, meaning someone stole 11 others. The city paid $95 each for 50 banners that lined the parade route. ... Former Saint Deuce McAllister has settled a lawsuit against a Bourbon Street nightclub. He claimed he was manhandled during the 2004 Mardi Gras by bouncers at Razzoo Bar and Patio. ... Tennessee signed restricted free-agent cornerback Jarrett Bush to an offer sheet, giving Green Bay seven days to match the contract or allow him to go to the Titans.... Howard Green, a Seahawks backup defensive tackle, agreed to a two-year contract with the Jets, The Sporting News said. ... Denver signed ex-Philadelphia and Cleveland guard Scott Young.

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