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August 30, 1989 | From Staff and Wire Reports
The National Football League announced its first crackdown on anabolic steroids Tuesday, suspending 13 players who tested positive, including Mark Mraz of the Raiders and the Rams' Vernon Kirk. The 13 players were suspended and placed on the non-football illness list for a minimum 30 days, which will force them to miss one exhibition and three regular season games.
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August 30, 1989 | From Staff and Wire Reports
The National Football League announced its first crackdown on anabolic steroids Tuesday, suspending 13 players who tested positive, including Mark Mraz of the Raiders and the Rams' Vernon Kirk. The 13 players were suspended and placed on the non-football illness list for a minimum 30 days, which will force them to miss one exhibition and three regular season games.
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July 17, 1989 | CHRIS DUFRESNE
The Rams announced Sunday the signing of two second-round draft picks, former UCLA cornerback Darryl Henley and former Auburn linebacker Brian Smith, both of whom received four-year, $1.2-million deals. The signings left the Rams to contend with first-round choices Bill Hawkins and Cleveland Gary, second-round pick Frank Stams and ninth-round choice Vernon Kirk.
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August 19, 1989 | CHRIS DUFRESNE
The team without an operable tight end went straight to a team that didn't need one Friday when the Rams acquired Pat Carter from the Detroit Lions in a trade that will allow one team to resume normal practice sessions. The Rams, gutted at the position because of one key holdout and several injuries, gave up a fourth-round pick next year for Carter, a second-round choice of the Lions in 1988.
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August 19, 1989 | CHRIS DUFRESNE, Times Staff Writer
The team without an operable tight end went straight to a team that didn't need one Friday when the Rams acquired Pat Carter from the Detroit Lions in a trade that will allow one team to resume normal practice sessions. The Rams, gutted at the position because of one key holdout and several injuries, gave up a fourth-round pick next year for Carter, a second-round choice of the Lions in 1988.
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August 12, 1989 | CHRIS DUFRESNE, Times Staff Writer
Tight end or no tight end, the Rams will meet their scheduled exhibition appointment with the Denver Broncos tonight at 6 at Mile High Stadium. What's the use? Well, the game's on the schedule and there's really no turning back. That's not to say one team wouldn't like to. The Rams, reeling from Tokyo jet-lag and the loss of key position players, could have used the time to sleep or place want-ads.
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April 25, 1989 | BOB OATES, Times Staff Writer
It was sleeper day in the draft. The second day. The day when everyone shoots for another Richard Dent, the All-Pro who in 1983 was plucked by the Chicago Bears in the eighth round. And in Denver Monday, the Broncos may have struck it richest. Almost certainly, no defensive ends in Dent's class were found anywhere--but the Broncos, who need a running back, may have discovered one in the seventh round when they drafted Melvin Bratton. Two years ago, Bratton, a Miami (Fla.) sprinter, was headed for the first round when he injured a knee in a postseason game.
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August 9, 1989 | CHRIS DUFRESNE, Times Staff Writer
If Richard Ashe can remain standing, and that's no guarantee as casualties mount at the Rams' training camp, he may soon end up at tight end by default. Ashe is this summer's free-agent prize, having been plucked by the Rams from a football cereal box known as Humboldt State which, at last glance, hadn't produced any Mark Bavaros lately. It wasn't so long ago that the waiting line to tight end wrapped around the block, as if for a "Batman" matinee.
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July 18, 1989 | CHRIS DUFRESNE, Times Staff Writer
Most National Football League teams haven't opened camp yet, let alone signed draft choices. Yet the Rams, whose negotiating reputations have been so besmirched through the years, continue to dry up fountain pens. Vernon Kirk, the team's ninth-round choice, agreed to terms Monday and became the 11th Ram draft choice to do so since rookie camp opened last Wednesday. All that remains now are the big three: first-round picks Bill Hawkins and Cleveland Gary, and second-round choice Frank Stams.
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August 17, 1989 | STEVE LOWERY, Times Staff Writer
Want to be a tight end? Do you enjoy the opportunity to meet new people and then hit them? Can you catch a football? Well, you may be just what the Rams are looking for--basically a breathing human who can run 15 yards without his body, or agent, impeding his progress. Wednesday, as the Rams took the practice field at Cal State Fullerton, they did so without a tight end.
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September 22, 1989 | CHRIS DUFRESNE, Times Staff Writer
From the football laboratories of Anaheim, where the Rams once cooked up the Eagle defense, now emerges the prototype football player of the 1990s. The Rams are calling him Fred Strickland. Other teams around the league will use different names. This modern-day gladiator can rush the passer as a defensive tackle on one play and drop into pass coverage the next. Has the game evolved? Imagine Merlin Olsen covering Gale Sayers out of the backfield.
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