Rams' Davin Joseph Writes "I Can't Breathe" on Cleats for Eric Garner: Ex-Fans Burn Jerseys

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Rams player Davin Joseph may have been inspired by his teammate Kenny Britt , who last week posted this photo of his Michael Brown wrist tape before the game.
Last week, it was five members of the Rams' high-flying receiving corp who made a public show of support for the Ferguson protests by making the "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" gesture as they took the field.

But if their critics -- such as the St. Louis Police Officers Association -- assumed Rams players had gotten their fill of social commentating, they'd be wrong.

This past Sunday, Rams starting guard Davin Joseph made his own statement by writing the recently coined rallying cry against police brutality, "I can't breathe," on his cleats. The words serve as a tribute to Eric Garner, who was recorded saying "I can't breathe" repeatedly after being placed in a fatal choke-hold by a New York City police officer in July. Joseph Tweeted a photo of his cleats prior to the game against Washington.

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NFL Insiders Trade Conflicting Rumors On Rams Moving to Los Angeles

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The throwback Rams' jerseys are pretty, but St. Louis fans fear the team may get thrown back to LA.
There's not much sunshine in Ramsland these days, and that's only partially connected to the team's horrible, no good, very bad tendency to collapse at the worst possible moments.

This past Monday's game against the San Francisco 49ers was particularly painful. The Rams rookie quarterback scuttled a comeback with a late interception.

There's not much good news off the field, either. According to new "insider rumors" drifting around this month, Rams owner Stan Kroenke and the NFL are already committed to moving the team to Los Angeles. But St. Louis Rams fans aren't taking these rumors sitting down.

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5 Reasons the St. Louis Rams and Sam Bradford Are Cursed

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Sam Bradford: The unluckiest man in the NFL. But is he cursed?
Have you heard? The St. Louis Rams are cursed -- cuuuurrrsed!

Indeed, quarterback Sam Bradford's season-ending knee injury on Saturday has sports journalists and fans contemplating the supernatural to explain both the Ram's bad fortune and Bradford's ever-so-delicate ligaments.

Bernie Miklasz's Monday column got right to the point; the Post-Dispatch writer conceded that while his rational faculties normally prevent him from believing in curses, "the Rams and Bradford are really, really, testing me on that."

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Fan Promises Free Drinks Forever if Michael Sam Sacks Johnny Manziel, Sam Does Twice

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Michael Sam celebrates after sacking Johnny Manziel.
Be careful what you bet on, or you'll have to put your money where your tweet is.

Twitter user @SquareKnight made a boldly hyperbolic wager with the world before Saturday's matchup between the St. Louis Rams and the Cleveland Browns.

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Video: Michael Sam Stuns ESPYs Crowd With Emotional Award Speech

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St. Louis Ram Michael Sam just keeps making history.
There wasn't a dry eye in the house after Michael Sam walked off the stage at the ESPY Awards in Los Angeles Wednesday night with the 2014 Arthur Ashe Courage Award grasped in his right hand.

"This year I have a lot of experience being part of something a lot bigger than myself. At times I've felt like I've been living in a massive storm, and I know the storm will end," said Sam in his opening remarks, reflecting on the whirlwind journey that took him from a childhood marred by hardship to the NFL, the first openly gay player drafted in the league's history.

"To anyone out there, especially young people feeling like they don't fit in and will never be accepted, please know this," he said, concluding the speech in a voice breaking with emotion -- "great things can happen when you have the courage to be yourself."

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Step Off, Arizona Cardinals: Kurt Warner Rightfully Belongs to the St. Louis Rams

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Whoever he is, the Rams shouldn't let the Arizona Cardinals claim him.
Hey, who remembers Kurt Warner?

You know, that hunky, God-fearing quarterback Rams coach Dick Vermeil scrounged up from a Iowa grocery store in 1998? The guy who became the starter in 1999 after the Rams starting quarterback left the field in agony? The backup who put the team on his back, won a Super Bowl, lost another and then -- seemingly overnight -- turned into an interception slingin', fumblin' machine?

St. Louisans may have their reservations about Warner, but we think most would agree he is, for better or worse, ours. Ours and not, say, the Arizona Cardinals', whose front office announced last week that it would be inducting Warner into its Ring of Honor during halftime of its season opener on September 5.

Fifteen years have passed since Warner won a Super Bowl with St. Louis, but there's no indication that the Rams Ring of Fame will be inducting the leader of "the Greatest Show on Turf" anytime soon. That doesn't sit right with us, and we have five reasons why.

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Four Reasons The Rams are Perfect for HBO's Hard Knocks

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There's little chance HBO's camera crews will set foot inside the Rams' Earth City practice facility this offseason. It's a shame. The 2014 Rams would make the perfect subject for the cable channel's annual documentary series Hard Knocks, a program that stands alone in delivering the kind of access-rich football stories normally stifled by the NFL's image-obsessed coaches and executives.

Head coach Jeff Fisher told the Post-Dispatch Monday it was "probably unlikely" that Hard Knocks would land in St. Louis, but that's ultimately not his call: A 2013 contract between HBO and the NFL means the league can force an eligible team to participate in the show.

Though Oprah's TV network caved to Fisher's pressure and postponed its planned documentary series on Michael Sam, the NFL should ignore Fisher's protests and choose the Rams for Hard Knocks. Here are four reasons why:

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St. Louis Rams Player Posts NSFW Sex Video on Instagram (And No, It's Not Michael Sam)

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Kenny Britt, before he joined the St. Louis Rams in March.
While the media spent all weekend covering Michael Sam's post-NFL draft celebratory kiss with boyfriend Vito Cammisano, another story about a St. Louis Rams player's PDA has received nowhere near the attention it deserves.

In a hilarious social-media blunder, Rams wide receiver Kenny Britt posted a very sexually explicit video on Instagram before quickly and silently taking it down.

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This Was the Stupidest Reaction to Michael Sam Getting Drafted on the Entire Internet

Michael Sam faces enough Twitter homophobia without your scientific inquiries, Marshall Henderson.
For most of America, Michael Sam getting drafted to play professional football for the St. Louis Rams was a watershed moment in sports history.

For former University of Mississippi basketball star Marshall Henderson, Sam's success was a chance to spew a bunch of nonsense on Twitter before (probably) retreating into sports obscurity forever.

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Richie Incognito's Newest Blowup Reminds Us of His St. Louis Glory Days

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Richie Incognito -- the oft-troubled starting guard released from the Rams in 2009 after two headbutting penalties and a sideline shouting match with the head coach -- has been suspended by the Miami Dolphins after accusations that he was bullying teammate Jonathan Martin.

In a statement, the Dolphins explained the reason for the suspension:

The Miami Dolphins have suspended Richie Incognito for conduct detrimental to the team. We believe in maintaining a culture of respect for one another and as a result we believe this decision is in the best interest of the organization at this time. As we noted earlier, we reached out to the NFL to conduct an objective and thorough review. We will continue to work with the league on this matter.
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