Tight end Jim Price, who has been ineligible to play because he signed his contract late, has been officially added to the roster.
Coach Chuck Knox said the team released defensive back Courtney Griffin, who had been promoted to the 53-man roster from the practice squad last Friday.
Price was the team’s fourth-leading receiver in 1992 with 35 catches for 410 yards. He failed to come to terms with the Rams, skipped training camp and was forced to sit out three regular-season games from the time when he agreed to sign a contract.
Price signed with the Rams after the opening game with the Packers and received an exemption from the league that allowed him to practice the past three weeks with the team without counting against its roster.
Henry Ellard, who hired track coach Randy Huntington in the off-season to help him regain his speed, presently leads the NFL in reception yardage with 313. Huntington, who trained world-record long jumper Mike Powell, put Ellard through a grueling set of exercises and workouts before training camp. “I think he really is quicker,” Knox said. “I think that work he did in the off-season made a difference.”
Punter Paul McJulien impressed Knox in his Ram debut.
“He had hang time over 4.5 seconds and hit the ball well on the two that he had the chance to really kick,” Knox said. “If he can continue to do that, it will be a big improvement for our special teams.”
The four top sack leaders in the NFC will be playing Sunday in Anaheim Stadium. New Orleans linebacker Renaldo Turnbull and Ram defensive end Robert Young are tied for the lead with seven sacks each.
Ram defensive tackle Sean Gilbert has six sacks and Saint linebacker Rickey Jackson has five.