THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Rams placed tight end Cory Harkey on injured reserve and promoted cornerback Troy Hill from the practice squad on Tuesday, two days before a road game against the Seattle Seahawks.
Harkey injured a triceps muscle while working out after Friday's practice and was deemed too sore to play in Sunday's eventual 42-14 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. The 26 year old was in his fifth season with the Rams and is one of their core leaders, serving as a valuable part of their special-teams unit and in their blocking scheme. Special-teams coordinator John Fassel, the interim coach in the wake of Jeff Fisher's firing, called Harkey "one of the greatest guys I've ever coached."
Hill, meanwhile, is getting a second chance.
The 25 year old was arrested on suspicion of DUI on Nov. 19, a circumstance that prompted the Rams to de-activate him from the upcoming game against the Miami Dolphins and then release him. After Hill cleared waivers, the Rams stashed him on their practice squad, with Fisher believing he deserved "a second chance." Leading up to that arrest, Hill was making steady improvements in coverage and was coming off his best game.
Now he may start for the Rams, with No. 2 cornerback E.J. Gaines still nursing a quad strain and seemingly likely to miss his third straight game. The Rams had been using Mike Jordan in Gaines' place on the outside, but Hill is the better corner if he can pick up where he left off.
"Yeah, I'm coming with a lot more energy," Hill said. "I'm trying to come out very vicious. I've got a chip on my shoulder. I want to show everybody that that's not me.”