Rams still scrambling in secondary

Friday, September 10, 2004

ST. LOUIS -- A day after the St. Louis Rams' signing of Jason Sehorn fell through, the team re-signed a safety they released only four days earlier.

The Rams signed Justin Lucas and placed yet another safety, Zack Bronson, on injured reserve with torn ligaments in his left ankle. They also signed fullback Stephen Trejo and released tight end Mike Brake, continuing a flurry of moves in the final days before the season opener.

Since reaching the 53-man roster limit on Sunday, the Rams have made moves involving 10 players on the active roster.

Lucas was released in the final round of roster cuts Sunday. He was at his home in Arizona when the Rams called and re-signed him in time to play against the Arizona Cardinals, his former team, on Sunday.

"I was talking to a couple of other teams and just waited, and the Rams called back," Lucas said. "I was going to jump on the first offer and I'm happy to be a Ram again."

Lucas was surprised the Rams released him on Sunday, considering he played extensively in the preseason. He was not surprised when the Cardinals released him in June after five seasons, because he was bumped well down on the depth chart after signing a contract in March.

"I pretty much knew it was going to happen in Arizona," Lucas said. "Dennis Green, he's trying to basically clean house.

"That is the team that released me so I feel I have a lot to prove."

Sehorn failed his physical Wednesday after agreeing to a one-year contract. He had a second operation on his left foot, broken in the 2003 preseason, in February and the foot bothered him.

Bronson was carted off the field early in his first practice with the Rams after being injured in a non-contact drill, and is scheduled to undergo surgery on Friday. He played his first seven seasons with the 49ers.

Trejo spent the first three years of his career with the Lions. He played in 46 career games with Detroit after signing as an undrafted rookie free agent.

Brake, a current undrafted rookie free agent, was with the Rams for the entire preseason. He caught one pass for 24 yards.

The Rams already have five players on injured reserve.

"Those things are better to deal with now than midseason or later, because there are guys available," Martz said. "As injuries mount throughout the season that pool gets smaller and smaller."

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