Notebook 9/19: Rams Acquire OT Max Starks

Posted Sep 19, 2013

In a move to improve the team’s offensive line depth, the Rams acquired veteran offensive tackle Max Starks on Thursday. Safety Quinton Pointer was released to create room for Starks on the 53-man roster.

“Max is an experienced tackle who has had a lot of plays in this league,” Head Coach Jeff Fisher said. “We brought him in for a workout and we really liked his workout. He’s been working very hard since he was released and you can’t have enough experience on your offensive line.  We’ll get him ready to play in different packages and ready to back up if we need him.”

Prior to signing with the Rams, Starks played nine years as a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Starks served as a starter on Pittsburgh’s offensive line during the team’s Super Bowl appearances in 2006 and 2011, and started 96 of his 123 career games while appearing at both tackle positions. Most recently, Starks was in training camp with the San Diego Chargers before being released on August 30.

Injury Report:

T Rodger Saffold (knee) and Mike McNeill (chest) did not practice Thursday. DE William Hayes (hip), DE Eugene Sims (foot), CB Cortland Finnegan (nose), G Chris Williams (foot), S Darian Stewart (thigh), RB Daryl Richardson (foot) and DE Chris Long (hip) all participated fully Thursday.

News and notes:

-Defensive coordinator Tim Walton emphasized the need to limit Cowboys WR Dez Bryant this week during his Thursday press conference. Bryant leads Dallas with 13 catches and 163 yards receiving.

“You’ve got to double him,” Walton said. “He’s one of the best receivers in the league, he’s physical, and they’re going to get him the ball. We have to try to do a better job of taking away a team’s number one threat, and he is their number one guy.”

-The Rams enter Sunday as the only team in the NFL yet to allow a sack. They have achieved the feat despite being tied for second in the league in pass attempts with 93. Quarterback Sam Bradford has not been sacked in four straight games, dating back to last season. That’s the franchise’s longest such streak since 1973.