In desperate need of depth at cornerback, the Rams signed free agents Sam Seale and Dexter Davis on Tuesday, filling two of the five roster spots they made available earlier in the day.
The Rams waived third-string quarterback Mike Pagel and injured offensive tackle Robert Jenkins and put three players with knee problems on injured reserve--defensive end Robert Young, cornerback Robert Bailey and wide receiver Todd Kinchen.
Seale and Davis worked out for Ram coaches in the afternoon. Davis, a third-year player from Clemson, was released by Phoenix, where he played in six games with one start this season. Seale played with the Raiders (1984-87) and the Chargers (1988-91).
A third roster spot was filled by quarterback Jamie Martin, a rookie who Coach Chuck Knox promoted from the practice squad. Martin will be the No. 3 quarterback behind starter T.J. Rubley and backup Jim Everett.
The Rams are undecided on the other two roster spots, although wide receiver Richard Buchanan is expected to move up from the practice squad this week to fill one of the positions. Wide receiver Ernie Jones is sidelined because of a knee injury and Kinchen is undergoing major reconstructive surgery on his left knee.
With Darryl Henley on a leave of absence and Bailey and Todd Lyght nursing knee injuries, the Rams were left with only three cornerbacks after Sunday's 10-6 victory over the Washington Redskins--Steve Israel, Wymon Henderson and Courtney Griffin. Lyght underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair cartilage damage in his left knee Monday and is expected to miss four to six weeks.
San Francisco quarterback Steve Young enters Sunday's game against the Rams as the league's top-rated quarterback. Young hasn't thrown an interception since Oct. 3 against Minnesota, and has completed 120 of 172 passes for 1,488 yards and 12 touchdowns during that time. The 49ers are 5-1 during Young's streak, losing only to the defending Super Bowl champion Dallas Cowboys. Young had nine passes intercepted in the first five games this season. . . . The 49ers have outscored opponents, 155-59, during their four-game winning streak.