Mike Hoomanawanui emerging for Rams

The St. Louis Rams are getting significant contributions from Mike Hoomanawanui now that the rookie tight end has more fully recovered from a high-ankle sprain.

Hoomanawanui's 36-yard touchdown reception Sunday has pulled the Rams within 10-7 against the Denver Broncos. He had a 25-yard touchdown reception against the Atlanta Falcons last week.

Hoomanwanui is commanding playing time at tight end and in the backfield. Veteran fullback Mike Karney was named inactive Sunday. The Rams like the added dimension Hoomanawanui provides as a receiver.