The Rams are breaking out their 1999 throwback uniforms twice this season, and they couldn’t have picked better teams to wear them against – Tennessee and Tampa Bay.
That’s because the Rams defeated Tampa Bay 11-6 in the NFC title game that season in an intense slugfest, and then held off then-Tennessee coach Jeff Fisher and the Titans 23-16 in one of the most exciting Super Bowl finishes ever in Super Bowl XXXIV.
The Titans visit the Edward Jones Dome on Nov. 3, with the Buccaneers in town Dec. 22.
The Rams switched from the royal blue and yellow uniforms of ’99 (and earlier seasons) to their current new century gold and millennium blue in 2000. The Rams wore the ’99 throwbacks only once in 2012, but it was one of the season’s most memorable games, a 16-13 triumph over rival San Francisco in overtime.
The Rams made the throwback uniform announcement in conjunction with the announcement that single-game tickets go on sale Thursday. Season tickets, four-game flex plans, and (as of Thursday) single-game tickets are available at StLouisRams.com, Ticketmaster.com, or by calling 314-RAMS-TIX.
The Rams’ preseason home opener is Aug. 17 against Green Bay; the regular season home opener is Sept. 8 against Arizona.
The Rams have signed wide receiver Justin Veltung and placed offensive linemen Braden Brown and Kevin Saia on the waived/injured list.
Veltung played college football at the University of Idaho, where he had career totals of 62 catches for 901 yards and eight touchdowns. He also returned 80 kickoffs for 1,743 yards with two touchdowns over the course of his college career. Veltung, 5-10, 183, ran a 4.46 at his pro day and has logged an impressive vertical leap of 41.5 inches.
He attended a Seattle minicamp in mid May on a tryout basis and was signed to the Seahawks’ offseason roster a couple of weeks later as an undrafted rookie. The Seahawks released him on Sunday, and after he cleared waivers Monday the Rams brought him in for a workout and a physical before signing him Tuesday.
The physical wasn’t completed in time to send Veltung’s information to the NFL’s official transactions wire Tuesday. Nonetheless, he’s under contract and is expected to be on the practice field this afternoon at Rams Park.
With Lindenwood product Andrew Helmick expected to miss a few weeks with a hamstring injury, the Rams needed fresh legs at wide receiver.
Brown and Saia are both undrafted rookies, from BYU and Louisiana Tech, respectively. Brown underwent back surgery and had not practiced during training camp. Saia, with a foot injury, was on the practice field for the opening days of camp, but did not practice Monday.
The roster moves leave the Rams with 89 players, or one under the training camp roster limit.
ROK VISITS COWBOYS
Last week’s rumors that the Dallas Cowboys were expected to claim offensive guard Rokevious Watkins on waiver proved untrue. But the Cowboys definitely have interest in Watkins. He paid a free-agent visit and worked out for the Cowboys on Tuesday, although it was unclear if Dalllas planned to sign him.
A fifth-round pick by the Rams in the 2012 draft, Watkins was released by the team July 24 after failing to meet a target reporting weight. Should the Cowboys or any other team end up signing Watkins, he must sit out the regular season opener because of an NFL suspension for violating terms of the league’s substance abuse policy.
Former Rams offensive lineman, Quinn Ojinnaka has launched a new career as a professional wrestler. Appearing under his gridiron nickname – “Moose” – Ojinnaka has organized and will take part in a pro wrestling card Sept. 1 in Suwanee, Ga., outside Atlanta.
Because of injuries to Scott Wells and Watkins early last season, Ojinnaka started five games at left guard for the Rams and played in six games before being released Oct. 22. He mentioned prior to his departure that he’d like to get into pro wrestling once his football career ended, so it looks like he wasn’t kidding.
At least one NFL team brought in Ojinnaka for a free-agent visit this summer, so he may have to put his grappling career on hold at some point.
BACK IN ACTION
The Rams had the day off Tuesday, but return to action today for a 3:30 p.m. practice that is open to the public.