St. Louis Rams announce practice squad

EARTH CITY, Mo. -- The St. Louis Rams revealed their 10-man practice squad Monday afternoon as they head toward Sunday's season opener against the Minnesota Vikings.

The 10 players on the practice squad are linebacker Denicos Allen, receiver Emory Blake, safety Christian Bryant, defensive tackle Matt Conrath, safety Matt Daniels, quarterback Garrett Gilbert, tackle Sean Hooey, linebacker Kevin Reddick, receiver Justin Veltung and guard Brandon Washington.

As coach Jeff Fisher hinted Saturday afternoon, the Rams went heavy at positions like linebacker and safety, where they don't have a lot of depth on the active roster, which ultimately left defensive end Michael Sam off the list. The Rams have five defensive ends on the 53-man roster.

Of the 10 players to stick around on the practice squad, only the two linebackers did not spend the preseason with the Rams. Allen spent training camp with the Carolina Panthers after entering the league as an undrafted free agent out of Michigan State. Reddick spent time with the New Orleans Saints last year and through this preseason.

The other eight spent the offseason and preseason with the Rams.