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LaChapelle Among Nine Cut by the Rams : Pro football: Former Bruin wide receiver says that the game has become boring to him.

August 23, 1994|MIKE REILLEY | TIMES STAFF WRITER

Ram wide receiver Sean LaChapelle caught a 38-yard touchdown pass in the final seconds of the Rams' 29-20 loss to the Raiders Saturday night, knowing full well it had little or no impact on his future with the team.

Less than 48 hours after the game, LaChapelle turned in his playbook Monday and left Rams Park for good. The Rams must be down to 60 players today and he was one of nine cut.

"I was telling my agent (Harold Daniels) that was one of the least (satisfying) touchdown catches I've made," said LaChapelle, a fifth-round draft pick from UCLA by the Rams last year. He failed to impress as a rookie and in training camp this season.

"I knew that catch didn't mean anything, and they threw me in the game with just 47 seconds left. If Richard Buchanan had not gone down with cramps, I wouldn't have been in."

The Rams also cut wide receivers Greg McMurtry, Turhon O'Bannon and Jermaine Ross; offensive linemen Jeff Pahukoa and Ron Edwards, tight end Yonnie Jackson, running back Beno Bryant and punter Matt Turk.

Eight more must go today.

McMurtry, a free agent from the New England Patriots signed by the Rams in the off-season, walked out the second week of training camp, saying he didn't think he had a good chance to make the team.

He returned two days later, apologized to his teammates, but barely played and didn't catch a pass in three exhibitions.

Despite all their problems in the offensive line, the Rams still cut Pahukoa, who started three games last season but had hardly played in the exhibition season.

Cutting LaChapelle saves the Rams most of his $126,000 salary this season and might allow them to keep Buchanan, a second-year player who has looked strong in training camp.

LaChapelle caught only two passes for 23 yards last season. The Rams appear set at wide receiver with Flipper Anderson, Jessie Hester, Nate Lewis, Todd Kinchen, rookies Isaac Bruce and Chris Brantley and possibly Buchanan.

"We have a lot of depth at wide receiver," Coach Chuck Knox said. "It was just a question of numbers at that position."

After a standout college career, LaChapelle cited a lack of "that burning desire" to play the game for his failure to make an impact in the pros.

"There were a lot of things pulling me both ways--my family, stuff back home and other things I want to do," he said. "Still, when I'm out here, I'm fighting to regain something I once had.

"Right now, football is really boring to me. The majority of it, I would say 85%, is because I'm not playing."

LaChapelle said there is only one other team he would want to play for, the San Francisco 49ers.

"If they don't want me, I don't think I'll play (this season)," he said.

"I might try to work out in the off-season and see if I miss it at all. If I don't, then there's no point in coming back."

Times staff writer T.J. Simers contributed to this story.

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