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PRO FOOTBALL DAILY REPORT : RAMS : Federal Hearing Will Be Held on Henley

Cornerback Darryl Henley, who left practice Monday because of a hamstring injury, will attend a federal hearing today in Santa Ana to determine whether a travel ban will be lifted as part of his bail restrictions on federal drug-trafficking charges.

Henley and the Rams are waiting for a ruling to see if he can leave a seven-county area and play in Thursday night’s exhibition at San Diego. Henley’s lawyers filed a motion in U.S. District Court last week asking that the travel ban be lifted.

Henley’s trial is set for Jan. 10, and the travel ban would prevent him from playing in the Rams’ eight road games in the regular season, starting with a Sept. 11 game at Atlanta.

Even if the travel ban is lifted, there is a chance Henley wouldn’t be able to play Thursday. He aggravated an injury to his right hamstring while covering Flipper Anderson in practice Monday and said he won’t be able to practice today.

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After cutting nine players, the Rams face another tough decision this week--what do they do with injured backup quarterback T.J. Rubley.

Rubley, nursing tendinitis in his right elbow, could be put on the injured-reserve list, but would be unable to play for the rest of the season. He could remain on the roster and not play, or the team could cut him.

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Jessie Hester, a free-agent acquisition from Indianapolis, is challenging Nate Lewis for the second starting wide receiver spot. Hester has caught seven passes for 112 yards in three exhibitions, including three for 59 yards Saturday against the Raiders, his former team.

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Defensive tackle Sean Gilbert and defensive end Gerald Robinson didn’t practice because of ankle injuries. Both will sit out the San Diego game. . . . Defensive end Fred Stokes, who had been sidelined because of a sprained knee, returned to practice Monday for the first time in three weeks.


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