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Rams Cuts Include Pinkney, Moss

August 25, 1996

ST. LOUIS (AP) _ Tight end Lovell Pinkney, a fourth-round draft pick in 1995 who’s been in and out of the doghouse with the St. Louis Rams, was one of seven players cut Sunday as the team reached the 53-man roster limit.

The Rams also waived running back Brent Moss, cornerback Herman O’Berry, defensive ends Tyrone Williams and Wendell Gaines, wide receiver Billy Williams and linebacker Sedric Clark. They placed tackle Gerald Perry on the left squad-retired list.

All 10 draft picks from this year made the roster.

The 6-foot-4, 255-pound Pinkney caught one pass last year for 13 yards and dropped several others thrown his way. He caught two passes for 20 yards in the preseason.

Pinkney was inactive for eight games last year and at one point left the team to attend the Million Man March in Washington, D.C. He also arrived a day late for one of the team’s minicamps this year. On both occasions he was fined.

Pinkney, a wide receiver at Texas, was converted to tight end for the last three games last season. He said his only regret was that he didn’t get enough playing time.

``That’s just life, things like that happen,″ Pinkney said. ``I can’t sit around and pout and stress and be down mentally. I’ve just got to continue working, staying in shape, and somebody else will give me a fair opportunity.″

Coach Rich Brooks said Pinkney’s personal problems were not a factor in the decision. He said Pinkney was still learning tight end and was also disappointed in Pinkney’s special teams play.

``Lovell obviously has some outstanding ability and quote, potential, to be a very good player in this league,″ Brooks said. ``As I told him, I was disappointed in his performance in the kicking game.

``We thought he would have the ability to do more than he showed.″

Moss, the MVP of the 1994 Rose Bowl for Wisconsin, signed with the Rams last September after being released by Miami. He averaged 4.6 yards per carry in the preseason, gaining 74 yards on 16 attempts, but the Rams decided to keep a quicker back, Greg Robinson.

Moss also played well in limited duty last season, gaining 90 yards in 22 carries for a 4.1-yard average.

While Moss worked out in St. Louis in the offseason, Robinson skipped both minicamps and then walked out of camp for a day.

``There wasn’t much I could do better,″ Moss said. ``I didn’t get a real good chance of showing what I could do. I mean, give the man a chance.″

Moss said he’s going to make some team happy, agreeing with a reporter who called him a poor man’s Emmitt Smith.

``He isn’t the fastest,″ Moss said. ``He gets the job done. That’s how I am.″

Brooks expects Moss to land a job somewhere else soon.

``I would be surprised if he’s not picked up,″ Brooks said. ``He’s on a lot of tapes around the league.″