Terrell charged with assaulting wife in Houston-area hotel

ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Rams released offensive guard
Claude Terrell after he was arrested early Tuesday and charged with
assaulting his wife at a suburban Houston hotel.

The Rams announced Terrell's release in a news release. A
spokesman declined to comment further.

Police in the Houston suburb of Webster said they found a woman
with "obvious signs of physical injury" after responding to a
disturbance at a Hampton Inn. The woman said she was Terrell's wife
and told police he had assaulted her.

The 6-foot-2, 330-pound Terrell was found at a nearby hotel,
where he was arrested and charged with assault-family violence, a
class A misdemeanor, police said.

Terrell has appeared in six games with three starts for the Rams
(0-7) this season.

Terrell was on probation from a 2006 assault charge of causing
bodily injury to a family member, according to court records. He
was given a $1,000 fine and two years of probation for that charge
in February.

The 25-year-old was taken in the fourth round of the 2005 draft
by the Rams out of New Mexico. He started 10 games as a rookie, but
missed all of last season with a wrist injury.

The Rams did not immediately announce who would fill the roster
spot. The Rams host Cleveland on Sunday.