PRO FOOTBALL / DAILY REPORT : RAMS : Henley, Gary Probably Will Be Cut
Cornerback Darryl Henley, running back Cleveland Gary and defensive lineman Marc Boutte are leading candidates to top the Rams’ cut list today.
Henley’s bail restrictions, which include a judge’s order that a probation officer be by his side on the road, have been deemed too large of a distraction by team officials. The team did not release Henley on Saturday because it was checking to see if his situation would still allow the Rams to trade him.
Running backs Howard Griffith and rookie James Bostic would be prime candidates to be released based on performance, but Gary’s salary--$500,000 as a backup player to starter Jerome Bettis--puts him on the spot.
Boutte has started 31 consecutive games at defensive tackle, but he was unimpressive last year and has done nothing in training camp to change the team’s opinion of him. Boutte was competing with David Rocker for a roster spot, but Rocker’s 1994 salary is guaranteed and Boutte’s is not.
Other players who appear in jeopardy of being released today include starting guard Bill Schultz, tight end Rickey Brady and starting strong safety Deral Boykin.
Schultz and Boykin might very well have played themselves off the team in Thursday’s disastrous exhibition loss to the San Diego Chargers.
Rookie linebacker Ernest Jones is a candidate to be put on injured reserve because of a knee injury.