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Rams bench offensive lineman who 'needed a break'

Rams bench offensive lineman who 'needed a break'

The Rams built a doghouse large enough to accommodate a 6-foot-5, 332-pound human, and offensive lineman Greg Robinson pretty much spent the day in it Sunday.

It was clear early last week that the Rams would bench the struggling left tackle, whose inconsistent play and penchant for penalties — Robinson was flagged 12 times in the first nine games; no other offensive player incurred more than three penalties — tested the patience of Rams coaches.

Not only did a healthy Robinson not start in the Rams’ 49-21 loss to the New Orleans Saints in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, but also he did not dress for the game. He was inactive as  a string of 38 consecutive...