St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke hasn't made a habit of attending his team's practices since becoming the majority owner in 2010. But Kroenke wasn't too hard to find Monday when the Rams practiced with the Dallas Cowboys in Oxnard, California.
As we reported Monday morning, Kroenke was expected to take in the joint practice with the Cowboys and that's exactly what he did.
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Kroenke's appearance didn't go over too well with Rams fans based in St. Louis but it shouldn't come as much of a surprise given his efforts to move the team to the stadium he plans to build in Inglewood, California. That site is only about 90 minutes from where the Rams and Cowboys are practicing.
Kroenke spent most of the practice with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. Jones has been a big proponent of Kroenke and reportedly spoke on the Inglewood project's behalf at last week's special owners meetings in Chicago. Jones told reporters at Monday's practice that he is fully behind Kroenke and returning a team to Los Angeles.
"I'm a real fan of Stan Kroenke, and I'm really a fan of Los Angeles and having the NFL have a major posture relative to the sports scene in Los Angeles," Jones said. "But Stan is outstanding. He's been outstanding in the NFL and he's the kind of people you want to be with."
After the practice, coach Jeff Fisher again said that the Rams' decision to practice near Los Angeles has nothing to do with relocation and everything to do with football. He also said it made sense for the team owner to be in attendance.
"I thought it was great," Fisher said. "He and Jerry are close. You got two teams practicing against each other, why not come out as an owner and watch them?"
Kroenke also got to meet the man he recently gave a two-year, $24 million contract extension to, quarterback Nick Foles. According to Foles, he and Kroenke had never met in person before Monday.
"It was awesome having him here," Foles said. "It was awesome getting to meet him. He does a great job with this organization."
The Rams and Cowboys have another joint practice Tuesday, with the Rams practicing by themselves in Oxnard on Wednesday before returning to St. Louis.